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Entertaiment and Exploration
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: https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/watch/.
- 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.
- The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has virtual tours of Bab Zuwayla, one of the remaining gates in the walls in the Old City of Cairo, and the Tomb of Menna, one of the most visited and best preserved of the small 18th Dynasty elite tombs in the Theban necropolis.
- View the Museum of Modern Art's collection online.
- While the Gugenheim is closed, you can visit from home.
- Explore the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
- Take a virtual tour of the Frick Collection.
- Explore the Cloisters Museum and Gardens.
- The American Museum of Natural History has multiple ways to virtually explore its collections.
- The Smithsonian Institute has a vast collection of digital resources.
- Check out the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Museum from Home resources.
- 11 ways to explore the British Museum from home.
- Google Arts and Culture has tours of the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, The Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, the National Gallery of Art in D.C., the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, the Museum of African American History in Boston, and much more.
- Infinite Drone is inspired by Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away in The Broad in Los Angeles.
- The Uffizi Gallery in Florence has a virtual tour available.
- The National Palace Museum in Taiwan offers a 760-degree virtual tour.
- The Benaki Museum in Athens is still operating online.
- Visit the Art Institute of Chicago online.
- Virtually explore the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid.