You can check out out more than 1,000 of the world's finest art museums online for free through Google — take a look inside

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  • The US State Department issued a Level 4 travel advisory covering all international travel, and many museums have closed under shelter in place orders. 
  • Google Arts and Culture has thousands of virtual museum tours available for free.
  • Whether you're sheltering in place or merely social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, there are great, digital ways to see the world. Here's some of them.
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COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, might stop you from traveling, but you can still visit cultural sites online using Google Arts and Culture. The tech company has 3,468 virtual museum tours from around the world, along with history and context for many pieces of art.

The worldwide death toll of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is now more than 25,000, and the virus has infected more than 500,000 people.

On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared it a pandemic. The virus has disrupted travel worldwide, leading to flight cancellationsquarantines, and other breakdowns in movement. Residents in the San Francisco Bay Area were ordered to "shelter in place" until April 7, meaning that they must remain in their homes except for essential travel for groceries and medicine, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all employees at nonessential businesses to work from home.

Whether you're sheltering in place or simply minimizing travel and social distancing, Google Arts and Culture can let you pretend to see the world. 

1. Explore the British Museum in London, one of the largest museums in the world. Wander around the Great Court, and then use Google Arts and Culture to learn about some of the works.

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2. Walk up the spiraling ramp in the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

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3. The Musée d'Orsay in Paris has works from famous artists including Degas and Van Gogh.

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Clicking on a particular work will take you to a page with more information about the artist and piece.

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4. The Rijksmuseum is a museum of Dutch culture in Amsterdam.

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5. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has architecture and gardens, and a recreation of a first-century Roman country house.

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6. The Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, houses artifacts from the Athenian Acropolis.

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7. The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, dates back to 1764 when Catherine the Great bought a large collection of Western European art.

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8. The Met in New York has artistic and historical objects spanning over 5,000 years.

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9. The National Palace Museum in Taiwan has one of the largest collections of Chinese art in the world.

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10. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City has fossils and animal exhibits fun for young kids.

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