Travel ban got you feeling blue? At least you can still see the world virtually with these cultural activities.
As the entire world is now adjusting to our new homebound situation while institutions everywhere are shutting their doors (for the time being), fewer and fewer people are going out to public events. Instead, these public events and cultural institutions are coming to us. We’re seeing more and more museum exhibitions, concerts, and operas being made accessible on the internet for all of us to enjoy from home. Art, music, theatre, and more will be virtually accessible for everyone all over the world. It really is a strange time to be alive indeed.
True, the unusual circumstances we all find ourselves in right now are less than ideal. But it has never before been easier to take a tour of the Louvre whenever you want or tune in to watch John Legend perform live. If you’ve never seen (or even thought to try and see) the Met Opera perform Carmen, now’s the perfect time. Here are a few more ideas for your (many) evenings in to come. Although all the venues listed below are closed temporarily, they’re still here! And they just might be seeing some of their best traffic in years.
1. Visit the Musée de Louvre
The Louvre in Paris is offering a tour through their Egyptian antiquities department and the recently restored Galerie d’Apollon. Head to the world’s most famous museum without having to leave your sofa.
2. Go to the Vatican Museum’s Sistine Chapel
The Vatican Museums are offering 360-degree tours of the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, and much more. Here’s a unique opportunity to get up close to Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling.
3. A night at the Smithsonian Museum
Pretend you’re in the Ben Stiller movies as the Smithsonian comes to life for you right in your living room. There’s a self-guided tour available right now to see exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History in New York, or just have a room-by-room wander.
4. Take the kids to the virtual aquarium
And not just any aquarium — the world-famous Boston’s New England Aquarium is bringing the daily routines of its marine residents to public (and global) view. They’ve got scheduled Facebook Live sessions, access to feeding times, tours, and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks. There’s also a fantastic at-home activities section if you parents need more ways to entertain the homebound kids.
5. Go to a pop concert (at home)
After Coldplay’s Chris Martin started by performing a 30-minute live set on Instagram earlier this week, other pop artists are following suit with the new hashtag #TogetherAtHome. We then had John Legend who performed on Tuesday on Instagram Live. Be sure to follow the hashtag for more updates on virtual concerts!
6. Try the opera
Whether it’s because it’s too long, too boring, or too pricey — most of us have probably never been to a proper opera before. But now that most theatres are closed, the Metropolitan Opera have launched a Live in HD series featuring all their most popular concerts and performances. These are now accessible on live stream every night, with each performance becoming available at 7.30pm EDT and will be viewable for 20 hours. But if you don’t want to be tied down by a schedule, try out OperaVision for free recorded performances from all over the world, including Madame Butterfly at the Royal Swedish Opera, and Tosca from the Polish National Opera.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok.