Art & Music: Explore places around the world and watch performances

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There are several companies offering freebies while residents stay inside due to the spread of COVID-19. Check out the links below for some daily entertainment.

  • The Met Opera in NYC will host a different encore presentation from their Live in HD series on the Met Website or through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, Roku and Samsung Smart TV. Each presentation premieres at 6:30 PM Central until 5:30 PM the next day.
  • Google offers dozens of virtual videos to check out –
  • The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will host livestream performances on their YouTube channel through the end of their public closure on April 13th. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for notifications about their upcoming streams and view their previous streams onilne.
  • The Seattle Symphony will have live broadcasts at least each Thursday and Saturday on their YouTube channel. Subscribe for notifications of when livestreams go up and to set reminders for future live streams.
  • The Royal Opera House has scheduled broadcasts of prior shows for their Facebook page and YouTube channel. Their next broadcast of Peter and the Wolf is Friday at 2 PM our time. The next 3 Fridays will have brodcasts at 1 PM our time (time change in the UK).
  • Take a virtual tour of some of the Vatican Museums of Italy. Tour the Niccoline Chapel, Pio Clementino Museum, the New Wing, Raphael’s Rooms, Room of the Chiaroscuri and the famous Sistine Chapel right from your home!
  • While you can’t take a virtual tour of the entire Louvre, 4 exhibits/areas are available to tour right from your home. Check out the Advent of the Artist, Egyptian Antiques, Remains of the Louvre’s Moat and the Galerie d’Apollon.
  • For natural history lovers, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is open for virtual tours. Some of the current exhibits include the Butterfly Pavilion and teh David H. Koch Hall of Fossils. Past exhibits covering topics like the last American dinosaurs, the universe, DNA and genomics are also available.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago has over 44,000 works of art available online to view and download in high resolution. Some famous movies in the past have shown off some of the works in this museum. Don’t wait. See them for yourself right now!
  • Even with Yellowstone National Park closed off in the real world, you can still tour some of the main attractions the park has to offer. Explore Fort Yellowstone, Fountain Paint Pot, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Mud Volcano, the Norris Geyser Basin, and the Upper Geyser Basin today. It may inspire you to take a trip to see it in person sometime in the future!
  • Explore New York’s nearly 100-year-old Museum of Modern Art without waiting for it to reopen. Google Arts & Culture partnered with the museum to offer a virtual tour that covers famous pieces like van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” Monet’s “Water Lilies,” and Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.”
  • Art History with Dorothy Shain Art history worksheets and resources for all ages
  • Create At Home with Crayola At-home learning resources for STEAM focused education
  • Google Arts & Culture Collection of art and cultural history – search by country, time period, even color
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems posts live episodes everyday at 1 pm.
  • Mandarin for Kids Learn Mandarin Chinese with free games, stories, videos and more
  • Met Kids Metropolitan Museum of Art’s kids website to explore art and history
  • NGA Kids Art Zone National Gallery of Art includes interactive activities, online art collections, sketchbooks and more