At the moment it’s impossible to appreciate culture in the same way that you used to. With many events being cancelled by the minute it doesn’t leave much hope for the cultural enthusiasts. But, don’t worry, as much as this is only temporary, as many cultural institutions and artists are providing an online source of entertainment for all of us to enjoy. Whether your passion is music, art or history there’s something for everyone available online. Here are a few examples of ways you can keep culture at your fingertips this spring.
Google Arts and Culture
First of all, you’ve absolutely got to download Google Arts and Culture. This fantastic little app has collections of hundreds of museums and art galleries worldwide, all with street views and virtual tours. You will literally be able to visit all these museums without leaving your living room. There are plenty of fascinating exhibitions to choose from.
Russian State Heritage Museum
The Russian State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest museums in the world. If you’ve got the time, and let’s face it who hasn’t, there’s even a five-hour video tour of the whole place available online.
The Louvre, Paris, has great options for online tours, for all its extensive range of exhibits. Due to this enormous museum being closed until further notice for safety reasons, there are now plenty of tours set up online, so you can view whichever part of the museum you are most interested in.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History has plenty of interactive activities to offer, as well as exhibits. It’s great fun for all the family and there are many different types of games and educational features. The museum also boasts its own Youtube channel, as does the New York History Society, full of audio recordings from famous historians and other scholars.
The MET have regular opera performances streaming, once per day for free available from 7:30pm on EST or the MET app.
The WKAR is a great radio station which broadcasts a range of classical symphonies.
The Berlin Philharmonic
The Berlin Philharmonic boasts life broadcasts from digital concert halls in HD, perfect for any music lover.
The BFI Player app has plenty of films available, old and new. It has an extensive collection of films from around the world, so wherever you’re from an whatever your taste you’ll be able to find something. Get those Wicked Tickets for the summer ready and watch films this spring.
United We Stream
A collaboration of DJs, artists and club owners, United We Stream is brought to you directly from the nightclubs of Berlin, so even without going out, you’ll be able to appreciate the music.
Louise Lawler at MoMA
The artist Louise Lawler in collaboration with MoMA is offering a fun interactive program where she recreates tracings for you of famous pieces of artwork, and you can color them in.
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