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Check Out These Virtual Gallery Tours And Performances While You’re Stuck At Home

Who doesn’t love visiting a museum or two while on holidays? Or catching a show – be it Opera, Broadway or a play – while visiting a new city?

Just because you’re stuck at home, your tickets cancelled (will I ever get to see Elton John perform now?) and self-isolating, doesn’t mean you can’t soak up some culture in all that spare time you have now. Some of the best galleries in the world have virtual tours you can peruse.

Here are some of the best things you can do and see virtually – don’t let the lack of travel get in your way!

 

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The Louvre Museum, Paris

The world’s most popular museum has three virtual tours on its website. You can (virtually) walk the Egyptian Antiquities exhibit, explore the remains of the walls of the old fortress (it was once a defensive structure) or marvel at the art in the Galerie d’Apollon.

 

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The Vatican Museums, Vatican City

Vatican City also offers an online glimpse into its vast collections, with a range of virtual tours. Check out the Sistine Chapel, the Pio Clementino Museum, the New Wing among others. If you’ve never visited the Sistine Chapel, you won’t be able to picture the throngs of people obscuring the artwork in the legendary room – the virtual tour is blissfully private.

The Great Wall of China

This virtual Great Wall of China is blissfully empty of tourists – unlike an in-person visit. It’s also a lovely snowy, sunny day. Enjoy the digital exploration offered by The China Guide. There are also sections of the wall you can explore on Google Maps.

The British Museum virtual tour

The British Museum, London

Teaming up with Google, The British Museum offers this online tour through its vast collection. It’s not a walk through the museum, but offers a fascinating look at objects through time and theme.

 

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National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

Check out one of South Korea’s most fascinating museums – including several of their current exhibitions – via Google Arts and Culture.

Western Australian Museum

Western Australia’s leading museum offers a tour on its website, where you can tour much of the gallery’s offerings from the comfort of your couch.

The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

You can tour this excellent museum online by using Google Street View. Check out masterpieces by artists like Vermeer, Rembrandt and Van Gogh up much closer than any museum guide would let you get.

 

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New York’s Metropolitan Opera

While all gatherings over 50 people (including all theatre and shows) in New York City are cancelled, the Metropolitan Opera is screening some of its most famous and popular Operas for free. Find out more on the Met Opera’s website.

 

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Broadway recordings

In their seemingly endless depths, streaming platforms harbour recordings of some of the best musicals ever made, or adaptations of those into movies.

Think West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago on Stan. Mamma Mia (1 and 2), Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Rent and The Phantom of the Opera on Netflix. Newsies and Annie on Disney+ (as well as the full back catalogue of Disney classics you can catch up on).

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