News • 20 Apr 2020

Arm chair travel – how to visit museums and art galleries around the world from the comfort of your own home

Whilst we are all practicing physical distancing, and staying at home as much as possible, some of the world’s most popular museums and art galleries are opening their (virtual) doors for us all to enjoy.

Open invitation to the National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria is inviting everyone to experience some of their exhibitions from the comfort of your own home with their interactive virtual self-guided tours.

By visiting the NGV website you can make your way around the following exhibitions:

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City

Spend the night at the opera, without having to leave your home. The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming a new show available each day via their website. ‘The Met’ hopes to brighten the lives of audience members whilst the actual stages are dark.

The schedule of performances will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14-years of cinema transmissions, staring all of The Met’s greatest singers. Each performance is available for 23-hours.

Spend a day at the American Natural History Museum

Thanks to Google, the American Natural History Museum is giving you a look inside the walls without leaving your own home.

The American Museum of Natural History (ANHM) is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.

By visiting the ANHM virtual tour, you can explore some of the iconic features of the Museum!

The luminous Northern Lights in Canada

Canada’s Churchill isn’t just famous for its abundance of polar bears. It’s also one of the world’s best places to catch the awe-inspiring phenomenon that is the Northern Lights.

live cam has been set up so that avid explorers can enjoy the lights from the comfort of their own homes.

Explore the 400-year-old Shukkeien Garden in Hiroshima, Japan

Have you ever wanted to see the famous cherry blossoms in Japan? Well now, thanks to this panoramic virtual tour,  visitors can “walk” around Seifu-ike Pond for prime cherry blossom viewing, sit in the Seifukan Tea House and explore the rest of the garden paths at their own pace.

Paris’ The Louvre at your fingertips

Have a virtual Parisian escape by traipsing your way through the Louvre. An impressive 360-degree map allows you to walk through famed exhibits—all with the added bonus of not having to brave the crowds.

Listen to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Tune into The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center website, where you’ll find archival videos of classical music and performances. A little cello + a little vino = an immediately lifted spirit.

WA’s natural beauty of Hancock Gorge

This gorgeous nook tucked away in Western Australia’s Karinjini National Park can be visited virtually. Walk around the swimming hole’s edges—maybe even dip your feet into a cold bucket of water to set the scene from your living room?

Take a history trip through Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom

Stuck at home but still want to see how the Royal Family live? This high-definition virtual tour of Windsor Castle will become your home away from home—from a drawing room with a spectacular view, to an elegant banquet dining room.

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