The fact is, most of us will be spend a lot of time at home
. And while nothing can reproduce the boom of a live orchestra or the murmur of an art gallery on a Saturday morning, there are countless cultural experiences available to make your time indoors more artistic and imaginative. Here you will find some of the most fascinating, haunting concerts, museum tours and other virtual experiences that you can easily explore from your own couch.
But first some tips on how to enjoy them:
- Make it a moment. You would schedule time for a museum visit or concert, right? Do the same for your virtual version. Find a place or time with minimal interruptions so you can get the most out of the experience. Refrain from surfing the Internet or Facebook Messenger and enjoy the art in front of you. That’s why live streams are so great. You can of course watch a performance afterwards, but if you can, it feels more like you’re experiencing it right now.
- Classify it. Okay, you don’t have to get upset (you could!). But a little wine or tea and a plate of snacks create a mood.
- Choose a theme. If museum excursions are your thing, plan your dream art trip around the world or delve into a specific story or interest. Or choose a city like Washington, DC and charge up any local cultural experiences you can.
- Involve the children. Sure, you might not want to see “Carmen”, but many zoos and museums offer cool programs for children when they are not at school, such as animal lights and virtual safaris. (Bonus: don’t go back to the car long after your visit.)
1/.20th – – 1. Louvre, Paris
The Louvre is the most popular museum in the world according to the 2015 Museum Index published by the Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM. The Louvre welcomed 8.7 million visitors. Click through the gallery to see the rest of the world’s most popular museums. Recognition: Watcharee Suphaluxana / Shutterstock
Now for the good things with suggestions. (And remember, these are just a few options in a virtual sea of activities. Explore or search for your favorite local cultural monument to see what they have online.)
Orsay Museum: Paris
Take in 278 masterpieces here
. Our suggestions: Vincent Van Goghs Self-portrait
and Éduoard Manets legendary act “Olympia”.
Don’t worry about aimless clicks, all parts have extensive descriptions and notations.
National Gallery of Art: Washington, D.C.
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Uffizi Gallery: Florence, Italy
Take one virtual walk through the artistic jewel of Florence
before stopping to admire some of the museum’s most famous residents. Our suggestion: Of course Sandro Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”
. But don’t forget to pull the screen during the tour and look at the beautiful frescoes on the ceiling, painted by Alessandro Allori.
Johannesburg Art Gallery: Johannesburg
Browse through more than 500 works from Africa’s largest art gallery. Our suggestion: The museum houses many works by Dutch and other European artists, but also offers a number of works by South African artists
. For a more historical perspective Browse through the online exhibition about the role of photography and resistance
in the era of apartheid.
National Portrait Gallery: Washington, D.C.
This museum is characterized by the intimacy of portrait painting A particularly good option for browsing at home
. Our suggestion: Now is the time to take a closer look in the Obama portraits
everyone raves about
Dan Kitwood / Getty Images
British Museum: London
Discover a breathtaking visual timeline of the world
with an array of annotated objects. Our suggestion: This timeline goes well with “A history of the world in 100 objects
“A podcast narrated by the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor. (If your ears ask for more, You can find more cultural podcasts here
African American History and Culture: Washington, D.C.
If you’ve always wanted to visit a hugely popular museum but couldn’t get tickets, a virtual tour is the next best thing! This just gives you a taste of what the museum has to offer
and where each feature is in the museum.
Lucia RM Martino / National Natural History Museum
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: Washington, D.C.
Dinosaur! Snakes in glasses! Giant diamonds! This is a great option for children
. Our suggestions: The Ocean Hall, the Hall of Mammals and the Hall of fossils
. Or, mix it with minerals
Russian Hermitage: St. Petersburg, Russia
Do you have five hours to kill? Enjoy this extensive video tour of the largest museum in Russia
, complete with 45 galleries and 588 artistic masterpieces.
Cathy Carver / Hirshhorn Museum
Kusama’s infinity mirror
If you’ve missed one of the museum’s hottest touring exhibitions in recent years, Oh
quickly Room by room overview of the hypnotic, multifaceted work
by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
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Banksy Murals around the world
Do an artistic treasure hunt
– without the hunting part. With something like street art, it’s much more interesting to see the work in its full context than just a close-up.
Van Gogh’s Starry Night at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
This close-up shows famous paintings
are so intense that you might think a lecturer would start yelling at you. Few paintings are suitable for such a treatment as the bold, structured lines of the starry night.
The Vancouver Symphony streamed live his final performance from their BeethovenFest
and it is always available for your viewing and listening pleasure.
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Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
With a special time-limited code, You can enjoy a treasure trove of online appearances
by one of the best orchestras in the world. Our suggestion: You can’t go wrong with the Trifecta of national B: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. But Gustav Mahler’s second symphony, The resurrection symphony
, seems appropriate in this difficult time.
Operas, plays and ballets
Royal Opera House: London
When it comes to high culture, don’t underestimate YouTube! The channel of the Royal Opera House
has a selection of the best performances of famous operas and ballets just a click away. Our suggestions: The caterpillar from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
, and The dance of the knights from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet
, if only for the incredible costumes.
Vienna State Opera
If you can’t be in Vienna, you can at least Treat yourself to some of the latest performances by the Vienna State Opera
. A reminder for people who don’t like opera: these works are almost as much a pleasure for the eyes as for the ears.
Metropolitan Opera: New York City
Art lovers, if viewing appointments is more your thing The Met organizes nightly opera flows
. But you’d better not be late! They are only available until 3:30 p.m. ET the next day. And there is something to be said for such transience.
The Social Distancing Festival
Do you want more live streaming art? A theater artist has created The Social Distancing Festival
Here live streams and videos of all kinds of performances are collected in one place on a calendar.
Courtesy of Matthew Murphy / The Phantom of the Opera
Did you know that you can stream Broadway shows through Amazon, iTunes, YouTube and other streaming services? You can also check BroadwayHD A special streaming service that gives you the best of the Great White Way
. It costs $ 8.99 a month, but there is a one-month free trial.
The White House: Washington, D.C.
Hanging out in the oval office? Don’t worry if we do it!
By the way, the online exhibition areas of the Google Arts & Culture offers are like a personal tour guide. Our suggestion: The virtual tour of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building
You will be introduced to breathtaking spaces that you have only seen on television so far.
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Versailles Palace: Versailles, France
Discover one of France’s and national treasures all the baroque art, architecture and grandeur inside
. Our suggestion: leave the inside of the palace for an early bird’s eye view of the site
to get your bearings.
The Prambanan Temple: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
There is so much to see in this iconic, intricate Hindu temple complex
. Good thing you are in no hurry! Go to the towers with the arrow marks and drag the cursor to get a good view of the carvings.
The Sistine Chapel: Vatican City
Zoos and aquariums
The Cincinnati Zoo
Every day during school is the Cincinnati Zoo (Home to the famous hippo Fiona
), organize a home safari in their Facebook Live Feed
at 3 p.m. ET. You will have up close animal experiences as well as activities at home.
The penguin touring aquarium offers the internet the much needed break
The Shedd Aquarium: Chicago, Illinois
The Shedd aquarium has already conquered the hearts with the antics of its resident penguins, which were filmed in the now empty halls of the aquarium and looked at all the other exhibits. But Animal lovers will want to follow their Facebook page
Also: They share all kinds of videos behind the scenes and fun virtual experiences.
The San Diego Zoo
Would you like some fun in the background while you work? Your favorite zoo probably has live cams so you can check in all the animals. The San Diego Zoo is a good place to start
The Georgia Aquarium: Atlanta
The Georgia Aquarium also offers live streams
! And you can choose which animal you want to watch. We are part of the African penguins.