Stay sane while staying safe! Grab a cup of your favourite hot drink and come join us as we go museum skipping across Southeast Asia (+ South Korea) with our compilation of virtual museum tours. All from the comfort of your home.
1. National Gallery Singapore: Singapore
The National Gallery of Singapore boasts the world’s largest collection of artworks in Southeast Asia. With the single click of a button, navigate different floors to view over 8,000 artworks. No elevators required!
2. Museum of Contemporary Art: Bangkok, Thailand
MOCA prides itself on its vast collection of works by Thai artists, with some dating back as far as 6-8 decades ago. We recommend checking out their newest online exhibition, Transcendence.
3. Presidential Museum and Library: Manila, the Philippines
Located in Kalayaan Hall in the Malacañan Palace, the Presidential Museum and Library was home to generations of Filipino presidents and their staff. Browse through oil paintings of historical moments, storied documents and more.
4. Ateneo Art Gallery: Quezon, the Philippines
Established in 1960 by Fernando Zobel to house the works of postwar Filipino artists, the Ateneo Art Gallery is widely regarded as the Philippine’s first modern art museum. Today, it contains works from almost every Filipino arts movement from neorealism to abstract expressionism.
5. Haroko Studio: Singapore
Throughout the years, Haroko Studio has filmed a number of arts projects across various locations. We recommend checking out their virtual tour of the exhibition “Negotiation Home, History, and Nation” featuring works by 54 artists across 6 Southeast Asian countries.
6. Bagan Temples: Myanmar, Burma
This one isn’t a museum, but you can still view plenty of art inside of the hallowed halls of the monastic Bagan Temples. Featuring a series of temples by time period with audio accompaniment, this virtual tour is a must-see.
7. National Museum of Korea: Seoul, South Korea
The National Museum of Korea combines artefacts spanning eons ago up until the present, from the Paleolithic era to the Goryeo and the Joseon dynasty and more. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon viewing exhibitions like “The Korean Tiger” and “Animals and Plants in Korean Traditional Paintings.”
8. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art: Various locations, South Korea
The MMCA is divided into 4 branch-system across Korea, each branch focusing on a specific genre of Korean contemporary art including calligraphy, literature, architecture, design, and crafts. With 50 years under its belt, the MMCA continues to strive in its mission to cultivate artistic discourse and host meaningful exhibitions.
9. ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive: Miscellaneous
The ACHDI isn’t a museum either, but it’s worth mentioning for its formidable collection of artworks belonging to various ASEAN nations. This open-access archive is full of a literal treasure trove of artifacts, viewable in 3D, from the 17th century Panji Jayakusuma manuscript to a rare 18th century chanting manuscript chest which once belonged to Prince Chainat Narendhara.
10. Museum MACAN: Jakarta, Indonesia
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN) provides public access to a significant and growing collection of modern and contemporary art from Indonesia and around the world. In partnership with KONNECT ASEAN, Museum MACAN will present a series of virtual public programs and digital activations titled ‘Stories Across Rising Lands’. The 3600 virtual exhibition tour will be launched on 25 February 2021 on www.museummacan.org.
Interested in arts and culture in Southeast Asia? If you are, check out our programme, KONNECT ASEAN. To find out more, watch our launch video: bit.ly/KONNECTLaunchVideo or join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KONNECTASEAN