All alone with Nefertiti

Classical antiquities in 3D und Monet’s water lily pond as a virtual reality experience: what German museums are offering in digital form. Some tips from our editorial team.

The bust of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum in Berlin
The bust of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum in Berlin picture alliance / dpa

Museums are among the most popular leisure activities for Germans – and attract more than 110 million visitors every year. Now they have all been forced to close because of the corona pandemic. However, this at least gives many museums the chance to show off the exciting digital offerings they have developed – and have been expanding of late. Here are four of our editorial team’s tips.

A virtual tour of Monet’s water lily pond

What could be better in these testing times than to escape briefly from everyday life to Monet’s water lily pond? The Museum Barberini in Potsdam is offering a virtual tour of Monet’s garden in Giverny, as well as discussions with impressionism experts – and more besides.

“Finding van Gogh” podcast

The Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main already had an excellent range of digital offerings even before the corona crisis, and has now combined its online services with a message: #staydelathome. Among other things, the museum has a highly recommendable podcast in its repertoire. In German and English, “Finding van Gogh” tells the exciting story of the legendary “Portrait of Dr Gachet” – and has been nominated for the German Podcast Award.


Digitale Kunsthalle

The Digitale Kunsthalle offered by public service broadcaster ZDF is a kind of Netflix for the visual arts. Anyone who finds it difficult to decide, or wishes to view several exhibitions one after another, will be able to access virtual versions of “Beethoven – Welt.Bürger.Musik” from the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn or “Inside Rembrandt” from the Wallraf Richartz Museum in Cologne.


Pergamon Altar in 3D

Germany’s classic museums are also still well worth a visit – for example to see the Pergamon Altar or Nefertiti’s bust on Museum Island in Berlin. Especially as they are now available to view online without the crowds. The Collection of Classical Antiquities of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics have created a 3D model of the Pergamon Altar, and you can admire Nefertiti while taking a tour of the Neues Museum.


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