Are you stuck inside? So is pretty much everyone else on the planet. That’s mind-blowing, and also touching. We’re all in this together, and it somehow makes it better. Especially for these strange times, many cultural institutions, artists, creators, and others around the world have chosen to support the public with free online experiences.
While in quarantine, you can walk around a museum, sing your hearts out to your favorite artist’s live performance, explore a zoo, and more. It can offer a break and a sense of excitement and inspiration while staying safe at home. So, without further ado, here are some of the best free video tours from around the world.
Online Concert Halls
Even if you’re not a classical music fan, now is an excellent time to start. Some of the best orchestras in the world (like The Seoul Philharmonic Concert and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre) are now offering free live online concerts online. Some of them, like Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall, are also giving the public access to their concert library due to the corona virus.
If you’re into opera, you’d be happy to hear that the Met recently launched “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore live-streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure.
Live Music for Everyone
We’re not just talking about classical music. Famous musicians, whose tours and shows have been canceled due to the corona virus pandemic, are also staying connected with their fans by sharing live music for free online. Some of them are posting intimate performances from their homes while self-isolating, while others are sharing full live performances (filmed without a live audience).
Among these generous artists, you can find Bruce Springsteen, who shared his full 2019’s “London Calling: Live In Hyde Park.” P!nk, Chris Martin, and Lizzo were among the musicians sharing private sessions from their bedroom via social media.
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And it’s not just the musicians’ initiatives. The Grammy Museum made never-before-released content from the GRAMMY Museum archives available to the public, including performances by Billie Eilish, Brandi Carlile, Greta Van Fleet, Kool & The Gang, and Ithaca’s X Ambassadors.
The Rolling Stone magazine also launched an IGTV series called “In My House,” wherein each episode another musician or band will be performing songs from their homes. The Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson kicked off the first episode.
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Virtual Museum Tours
Museums have always been a space of peace and inspiration, and even now, they can still offer a much-needed break from reality. Luckily, way back, Google Arts and Culture partnered with thousand of museums and galleries around the world to provide virtual tours of their collections and spaces.
On the platform, you can find amazing museums like New York’s MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, the Musee D’Orsay in Paris, the Tate Modern and the British Museum in London, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Among the museums that have created their virtual tours following the need for social distancing, you can find the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Vatican Museum in Rome, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.
Walking in the Zoo
If your furry friends at home are not enough (or if, for some reason, you don’t have a furry friend at home), you might want to take a fun online tour in one of the zoos that now offer that option. The San Diego Zoo (which is considered to be the best zoo in the world!), the Georgia Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are broadcasting live webcam viewings of baboons, penguins and sea otters.
Travel the World
Flights are canceled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel beautiful national parks and go sightseeing. The options are almost endless! You can take a virtual tour of The Great Wall of China, enjoy Hawaii’s landmarks via Google Earth, participate in a much-detailed 360 degrees tour of the Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, and more.
Take a Ride
This one is for the children (and children at heart). Disney World and Disneyland are closed at the moment. However, you can still virtually stroll the theme parks via Google street view, featuring 360 degrees imagery of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
If that’s not enough, how about watching a POV of Incredicoaster at Disney’s California Adventure? YouTube is filled with many other POV rides recordings you can watch and feel as almost as if you were there.