Soak Up Culture at Home During ‘The China Virus” Lockdown

During these uncertain times, it is good to know that we can count on our love for all the beautiful things in this world. 

Much of the global population is at a standstill as scientists and governments try and stem the spread of coronavirus.

Happily, cultural centers including museums, theaters, and national parks, are stepping up to provide people a glimpse of all beautiful and favorite places from the comfort of our living rooms. 

Via live streams, interactive videos, and social media updates, we can all sexperience art, music, and mother nature.

Below are 7 virtual experiences to help pass the time while at home. And they may even inspire wanderlust for future travels after we get through this medical crisis, as follows:

Enjoy a Cinema Transmission of a Classic Opera 

Due to the coronavirus, the Metropolitan Opera had to shutter its doors. But, for them, the show must go on. 

A day after canceling upcoming performances due to concerns around the coronavirus, the Metropolitan Opera announced that it would stream encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions on the company website for the duration of the closure,” the opera shared in a statement. 

Performances include: Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Bohème, Verdi’s Il Trovatore, and more.

Check the opera’s website for the full schedule.

The Met is not the only opera going digital. The Vienna State Opera is also sharing its various performances, along with Italy’s Teatro Regio too. 

British Museum, London

The British Museum, a true London icon, is still inviting curious visitors to enter the museum via virtual tours.

We will be updating and adding to digital content during the period we’re closed to allow visitors to stay in touch with the Museum,” the Director of the British Museum, shared in a statement. “We will share our collections, research, and programs in new ways that will not require a trip to the Museum.”

Live Stream Broadway Shows

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Broadway had to close down too, but do not worry, BroadwayHD is here to fill the void. The streaming service, started in Y 2015, has long brought the world all of its favorite shows right on their computers and televisions.

The service is currently streaming hits like CatsThe King and ISound of MusicKinky Boots, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, A Night with Janis Joplin, Ann, Driving Ms. Daisy, and many more. BroadwayHD offers a 7-day free trial introduction to its regular $8.99 monthly plan. 

Take Virtual Flight to Paris to Visit the Louvre

Like the British Museum, the Louvre in Paris, and Louvre Dubai had to close to in-person visitors too for the foreseeable future. However, it is making up for it by offering virtual tours of the Egyptian antiquities collection, remains of the Louvre’s moat, along with a gorgeous view of Galerie d’Apollon.

See the tour options and get lost in history here.

Take a Walk in a National Park

Though it is still OK to go outside and take a walk at a social distance, many of us cannot get to an outdoor space. But, do not worry, America’s National Parks Service has you in mind. The parks partnered with Google to follow a few park rangers through some of the most stunning hikes in the nation and are inviting you all to come along for the journey.

Check out all the virtual hiking options here.

Stare at the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Feeling like you need to just sit and gaze at the ceiling right now? Rather than looking at your own, you can now sit back and look at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Virtual visitors are invited to tour the interior artworks and explore every inch of the ceiling, known as “The Last Judgment,” painted by Michelangelo.

 View the chapel in all its glory here

Walk Along the Great Wall of China

History and travel collide at the Great Wall of China. The China Guide is offering home-bound travelers the chance to explore portions of the Great Wall without all the crowds. 

As China’s most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on any trip to China,” The China Guide shared on its website. “Considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China, making it one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet.”

Take a virtual walk along the 6.5-mile stretch from Jinshanling to Simatai here

Have a healthy weekend, stay home.

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