#MuseumMomentofZen is the social hashtag we didn't know we needed right now.

By Andrea Romano
Updated March 16, 2020
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Even if you’re stuck at home, you deserve a little zen.

As more and more schools, restaurants, and other public places shut down in order to combat the spread of coronavirus, people may find themselves extra anxious about this global outbreak.

Of course, spending time alone at home 24/7 probably doesn’t do much to soothe your stress.

Since museums, in particular, are also closing their doors for the time being, these organizations are finding new ways to give a little culture to the public. Some have decided to offer online tours — like these 12 famous museums can you visit virtually — and some are posting as much uplifting content as they can on social media.

In order to help people ease their minds during uncertain times (and enjoy some art), the Museum of the City of New York decided to start the hashtag #MuseumMomentofZen on Twitter and Instagram to share imagery and artworks online in tiny doses.

Since starting the hashtag, over 75 museums (and counting) have followed suit, sharing beautiful artworks, photos of architecture, archival images, and even some videos of installations. And it’s not just art museums that are using the hashtag — natural history, science, and nature museums are also using it as well.

According to the Communications office for the Museum of the City of New York, the hashtag has garnered more than 25,000 likes. Museums across the U.S. (and even some international) have been continually posting incredible imagery. Establishments like The Met in New York City, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Field Museum in Chicago have been joined in.

A visitor takes photos in artist Yayoi Kusama's installation "Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away" in Los Angeles, the United States, June 18, 2019.
| Credit: Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images

If you’re starting to feel the stress of isolation while in self-quarantine, it might help to enjoy a little culture. Even if you can’t go outside, you can still feed your brain with works from classic and contemporary artists.

Take a look at some of our favorite posts from museums across the country. Check out the hashtag #MuseumMomentofZen on Twitter and Instagram to see even more amazing images. The museums are also posting with the hashtag #MuseumFromHome.