Amid the coronavirus outbreak, many art institutions, tourist attractions and theatres have had to temporarily close their doors. Practising social distancing is now more important than ever to help prevent the wider spread of the virus. However, we are extremely lucky to live in the age where almost everything is digitalised in some shape or form, and now you can even explore the world from the comfort of your sofa.
We put together a collection of some of the best places around the world including museums, galleries and even natural attractions, that are now offering virtual journeys.
1. Louvre, Paris
The world’s most famous museum, the Louvre offers a few virtual exhibits of its own, and a separate site, YouVisit, presents a realistic 360-degree tour of several parts of the Paris museum. Explore the artefacts from collections of the Pharaonic period, to the remains of the Louvre’s Moat, to the famous Galerie d’Apollon, from the comfort of your home.
2. Prado Museum, Madrid
The virtual guide to Prado Museum has been compiled and illustrated with the participation of people with autism spectrum disorders, and addresses the museum’s history, its rules, location, buildings, staff, access points, and a series of explanations of the museum artworks.
3. British Museum, London
This well-known museum in London has a free interactive timeline that lets users explore artefacts from ancient civilizations around the world. The virtual exhibit lets people focus on different topics and themes, such as “living and dying”, “power and identity”, “trade and conflict” and more.
4. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
You can also relax during the golden hour by viewing the sunset off the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland online. Situated in County Clare, the cliffs have majestically faced the Atlantic for over 350 million years and their beauty is incomparable, making it Ireland’s most visited tourist attraction. Science proves that spending time in nature stimulates the brain and makes people a lot more creative and productive. Even looking at natural beauty online can help you get some much-needed headspace during these turbulent times.
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5. Hermitage, Saint-Petersburg
The most famous museum in Russia, the Hermitage, displays the collections of monuments of culture and art of the ancient world, Western Europe, Russia and the countries of the East, as well as archaeological and numismatic collections. Now, all of this is available to explore online.
6. Disneyland Parks, USA
You can now explore Disney Parks right from your mobile phone, tablet or laptop, on Google Street View. Disney launched a series of 360-degree panoramas featuring Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort – locations you’ll want to check out to help plan your next vacation when the virus outbreak is over.
The new Disney Parks imagery on Google Street View includes theme parks and water parks, as well as a variety of areas at Downtown Disney and Disney Springs. As you explore, you may even run across some of your favourite Disney characters. So far, we spotted Goofy at Disneyland. Can you find Donald or Pluto?
7. Vatican Museums, Rome
The online catalogue of the Vatican Museums presents essential information regarding the mobile works of art, excluding only the spaces, buildings or their decorations. You can admire the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, Pinacoteca, Tapestries Collection and much more. For each work on display, it is possible to find the essential information, accompanied by one or more photographic images.
8. Galeria Uffizi, Florence
Galeria Uffizi is one of the most visited museums in Italy and every year, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world come here to see Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”. Thanks to the online tour, now everyone has the opportunity to consider the masterpieces of world art in the smallest details: many of the paintings are digitized. You can literally spend hours wandering around this gallery online!
9. Metropolitan Opera, New York City
The renowned opera house is closed to the public through March and April [the information is subject to change], but the performances will be streamed starting at 7:30 p.m. EST every night they’re closed. For now, the schedule is published through March 22, but updates will be listed on the Met Opera’s website. And if you can’t make it on time – worry not, the recordings will be available on the website for 20 hours after they’re streamed at night.
Have you tried any of these online travel experiences yet? Let us know in the comment section below.