Virtual Tours: 35 Destinations, Museums and Attractions You Can Experience Online
Stuck at home amid the coronavirus outbreak? Enjoy museums, performances and nature from the comfort of your couch.
The British Museum has an online museum complete with numerous artifacts from all over the world.Getty Images
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:
- Musée d'Orsay in Paris: See works by Degas and Renoir, and take a virtual tour of the museum here.
- The White House in Washington, D.C.: Take virtual tours of different sections of the White House and see some of its art collection here.
- Doge's Palace in Venice: Explore a selection of the Venetian treasure's artworks here.
- Museum of Modern Art in New York City: See an online exhibit, paintings by Cézanne and images of the museum's installations here.
- Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam: View two online exhibits and learn about more than 100 pieces by Van Gogh here.
- Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy: Learn about Botticelli's famous "The Birth of Venus" painting and take a virtual tour of the gallery here.
- The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles: View nearly 16,000 pieces from the Getty's collection here.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: Peruse 26 online exhibits and over 200,000-plus items from the Met's collection here.
- Château de Versailles in Paris: View an eight-part exhibit and learn about nearly 400 works of art here.
- Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: See works by Dutch greats like Rembrandt and Vermeer here.
- See a full list of museums, exhibits and sites here.
Versailles Palace is one of many global attractions you can experience online.Getty Images
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.
Beluga whales are one of several species you can see through the Georgia Aquarium's cameras.Getty Images
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:
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.
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