Just because we’re at home, doesn’t mean we can’t experience the same things we use to. Now’s your opportunity to view concerts, tour the museums and watch plays right from the comforts of your own home. While nothing can replicate the swell of a live orchestra or the quiet murmur of an art gallery on a Saturday morning, there are countless cultural experiences you and your family can partake in, right at your fingertips. Make your time indoors more artful and imaginative.
But before you do, consider spicing it up by:
- Set a date: Just as you would if you were going for an outing, schedule it in your calendars and get the family excited. Find a place or time with minimal interruptions so you can get the most out of the experience.
- Get Dressed Up. OK, you don’t need to get glammed up (you could, though!). But get changed and get ready as you would if you were going out. Say bye bye to the PJs and sweats. Just for a little while. Pour yourself a glass or two of wine or tea and a prepare a plate of snacks.
- Choose a theme. If museum jaunts are your thing, plan out your dream art tour across the world, or hone in on a particular history or interest. Or pick a city, like Washington, D.C., and load up all the local cultural experiences you can.
- Involve the kids. Sure, they may not want to watch “Carmen,” but plenty of zoos and museums are offering cool programs for kids while they’re out of school, like animal spotlights and virtual safaris. (Bonus: No long walk back to the car after your visit.)
Musée d’Orsay: Paris
National Gallery of Art: Washington, D.C.
Uffizi Gallery: Florence, Italy
Rijksmuseum: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Get up close with some of the world’s most loved artworks
, including Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” and Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” via a new online platform, Rijksmuseum Masterpieces Up Close, which allows visitors to browse artworks from the Amsterdam museum, accompanied by videos, audio clips and 360º images. The Rijksmuseum also has a platform called the Rijksstudio
, which allows participants to download artwork images to create masterpieces of their own. There are more than 700,000 high-resolution images to choose from.
Tate Galleries: UK
The UK-based art powerhouse is offering downloadable exhibition guides, including for the recently opened Aubrey Beardsley
and Andy Warhol
exhibitions. Their online collection
, featuring nearly 80k artworks is also available to view, from Salvador Dali to David Hockney as part of their Staying Inspired At Home initiative. Tate Modern has an online-only performance available
to watch by Congolese dance artist and choreographer Faustin Linyekula. “My Body, My Archive” centers around social and political tensions in the performer’s home country.
British Museum: London
Explore a stunning visual timeline of the world
, with an array of annotated objects. This timeline pairs nicely with “A History of the World in 100 Objects
,” a podcast narrated by the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor.
African American History and Culture: Washington, D.C.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit an extremely popular museum but couldn’t seem to nab tickets, a virtual tour is the next best thing! This one gives you just a taste of what the museum has to offer,
and where in the museum each feature is located.
Victoria and Albert Museum: London
Ever wanted to don a big 18th-century hairpiece? Here’s your opportunity, with the V&A’s Design a wig
From the Mikhail Bulgakov Museum in Russia
to the National Palace of Sintra in Portugal, Google Arts & Culture provides around 500 panoramic tours of some of the most famous heritage sites and museums. For example, explore landmark exhibition “Faces of Frida,”
curated by Google Arts & Culture in collaboration with 33 museums and organizations. The free digital exhibition offers a glimpse into the pioneering artist’s life and legacy, with artworks from multiple collections around the world.
Kusama’s Infinity mirrors
If you missed one of the hottest traveling museum exhibits of the past few years, ooh
at a brisk room-by-room rundown of the hypnotic, multi-faceted work
of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Van Gogh’s Starry Night at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
These close-up looks at famous paintings
are so intense, you may think a docent will start yelling at you. Few paintings are suited to such a treatment than the bold, textured lines of The Starry Night.
the stories behind street art across the world with audio-guided tours and online exhibitions, offered by the Google Cultural Institute.
Banksy Murals around the world
Go on an artistic treasure hunt
— without the hunt part. With something like street art, it’s much more interesting to see the work it its full context, than just through a close-up.
Concerts, Plays & Operas
The Vancouver Symphony live streamed its final performance from their BeethovenFest
, and it’s available for your viewing — and listening — pleasure any time.
Royal Opera House: London
When it comes to high culture, don’t underestimate YouTube! The Royal Opera House’s channel
has a selection of some of the top performances from famous operas and ballets, just a click away.
The Sistine Chapel: Vatican City
Zoos & Aquariums
The Shedd Aquarium: Chicago, Illinois
The Shedd Aquarium has already captured hearts with the antics of its resident penguins, which have been filmed roaming the now-empty halls of the aquarium, looking at all of the other exhibits. But animal lovers will want to follow their Facebook page
, too: They’re sharing all kinds of behind-the-scenes videos and fun virtual experiences.
The San Diego Zoo
Want to have something fun going on in the background while you’re working? Your favorite zoo probably has live cams so you can check in on all the animals. The San Diego Zoo is a great start
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