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Stay-at-Home Self-Care: Get Curious

Entertaiment and Exploration

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Just because we're stuck at home doesn't mean we can't explore new things. Many places are transitioning to online services, some of them free, to help people amuse and educate themselves during this time. Don't forget to look at Gumberg Library's guide on streaming videos for information about which databases we have access to and what each can offer.


Since people can't go to the theater, the theater is coming to the people. Here are just a few of the many resources available to watch plays and musicals.

  • Great Performances on PBS has both Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing available to watch.
  • Shakespeare's Globe Theater is offering six of their plays, shown for free via their YouTube channel, one at a time, on rotation every two weeks, as part of their "YouTube Premieres." These plays include: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter's Tale, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. To find out more about their free Globe Player films, head to:
  • The Sound of Music is available on Great Performances through PBS.
  • The Metropolitan Opera has audio livestreams of its performances once a week.
  • The Shows Must Go On! is a YouTube channel that hosts a different Andrew Lloyd Webber musical each weekend for 48 hours.

Museums and Historical Sites

Museums and historical societies are also providing virtual tours of their exhibits and collections.