It looks like we’re going to be stuck at home for at least another month, maybe more. It’s definitely a challenge having your freedom of movement restricted but it’s for the health of everyone that we are self-isolating. I’m trying to remain positive and tackle some lingering household chores, my reading list, as well as take advantage of some of the free online courses that are being offered now. If you feel the urge to travel, visit a museum or see a play, there are several free virtual tours while self-isolating to satisfy your wanderlust. Check out some of my favourites below!
Virtual Chapel Tours
I visited the Sistine Chapel when I was 20. It was an overwhelming experience that I didn’t fully appreciate at the time. I’m so happy to be able to revisit the Chapel digitally on this 360-degree virtual tour. Zoom in on Michelangelo’s frescoes – The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam. Be sure to swing the camera upwards so that you can see the frescoes on the ceiling.
Virtual Museum Tours
The Art Gallery of Ontario is offering a variety of their works online including sample exhibits and curated playlists. Check out their Facebook page and look for posts with #AGOfromHome .
Natural History Museum, London
Take several virtual tours of this popular London museum including a tour of Hintze Hall guided by Sir David Attenborough.
Visit the Smithsonian virtually and take on of their tours of their exhibits.
I loved visiting this museum when I was in Paris many years ago. Here’s your chance to see most of their collections online.
Tune in each day to watch live feedings of the various species at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Aquarium educators will also be sharing educational encounters and story time. You can also watch live footage of fish at Ripley’s Aquarium on the website’s Rainbow Reef Camera.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo has a butterfly livecam where you can see all kinds of butterfly species.
Take a virtual dive with a sea lion in The Channel Islands on this virtual tour with the National Marine Sanctuaries.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is allowing several of his shows to be streamed on YouTube. Each Friday, there is a new show that can be watched for the next 48 hours. Last week, Jesus Christ Superstar with Mel C was streaming. This week (Fri., Apr. 17), it’s the Phantom of the Opera.
The National Art Centre
The National Art Centre is hosting live stream performances throughout the week. Visit their website for a full schedule of events.
Have you ever wanted to visit the Great Wall of China? Here’s your chance during this amazing virtual tour.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland’s most stunning natural attractions. Catch a glimpse of them on this virtual tour.
Central Park, New York City
You may have visited Central Park in New York City, but you may not have seen all of the park’s landmarks. This virtual tour begins at the West 72nd entrance is led by a guide who supplements the tour with significant events in Central Park’s history.
The Okavango Delta, Botswana
Ever since I began reading The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, I have wanted to visit Botswana. This virtual tour of The Okavango Delta is one of my favourites.
I hope you enjoyed the above virtual tours while self-isolating. Stay safe!
You might be interested in reading, “Free Online Courses While Stuck at Home“.