Coronavirus has rapidly spread throughout the world, forcing many to practice social distancing, work remotely and forego highly anticipated vacations. But even if you're confined to your home, you can still explore the world's greatest attractions.
Galleries, museums, concert halls, national parks and zoos have virtual experiences that are free for users to experience. Read on for a list of where to find some of the best online escapes.
For Museum and Art Lovers
Run by the Google Cultural Institute, Google Arts & Culture provides free, virtual access to a number of museums and cultural heritage sites worldwide. In a matter of seconds you can explore selected works in the Tate Modern's London museum collection then take a virtual tour of the Colosseum in Rome. Here are a few highlights:
-- See a full list of museums, exhibits and sites here.
The British Museum in London offers a comprehensive exploration of its collection. Its interactive software allows users to view the collection based on topic (such as art) or region (like the Americas). What's more, exhibits include audio commentary users can listen to for additional insight. View the items here.
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea has curator-led tours and discussions of its exhibits. Check them out here.
For Performing Arts Patrons
The Berliner Philharmoniker is providing free, digital concerts for one month. Sign up by March 31 for access to more than 600 concerts from the last 10 years.
New York's Metropolitan Opera is running "Nightly Met Opera Streams;" filmed performances from its "Live in HD" series. The operas begin at 7:30 p.m. EST and will remain online for 20 hours. The series started March 16. Find more information and a list of upcoming operas here.
For Science and Nature Enthusiasts
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Zoos and aquariums nationwide have animal cams that livestream what the critters are doing. Some of the institutions include:
-- Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington
-- Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California
-- National Aquarium in Baltimore
-- Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta
Meanwhile, Google Arts & Culture has 360-degree virtual reality tours of several national parks, including Bryce Canyon in Utah, Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. It also has several online exhibits from parks nationwide. Check it all out here.
Should you need a museum break, hop on to your favorite streaming service to check out a nature documentary. "Our Planet" (on Netflix) explores different environments all over the world and the "Disneynature" series (on Disney+), offers a few family-friendly options.
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