May 26, 2020

18 museums, attractions, and theme parks you can visit virtually including the Louvre, San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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With leisure travel largely on pause in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, many are mourning their summer plans for travel, adventure, and cultural exploration. 
Fortunately, there’s never been a better time to access some of the world’s leading art, culture, and activity venues, which are now available virtually, and for free.
We rounded up links to some of the most famous museums, attractions, and theme parks in the world without leaving the house.
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With the summer season nearly underway, travelers around the world are grieving dashed plans as a result of the novel coronavirus. And while nothing can truly substitute for face-to-face interactions and in-person experiences, there is some good news: it’s never been easier to traverse the world online and experience its cultural riches.

Indeed, as the pandemic began to spread throughout the United States, Google Arts & Culture partnered with thousands of museums and galleries to present tours and exhibits, available virtually, and for free.

In addition to museums, cultural institutions such as zoos, aquariums, and theme parks (as well as their fans and proxies) have all put versions of their offerings online, providing a much-needed dose of diversion, sense of escape, and education to people of all ages. Inventive formats include tours, live cams, virtual reality experiences, and more.

Here are 18 of the world’s most famous museums, attractions, and theme parks, available virtually, for free.

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Louvre: The Musée du Louvre, or, the Louvre Museum in Paris, is offering a substantial slate of virtual tours including a historical tour of the building, and a Mona Lisa virtual reality experience, which is a much closer and less congested look than you’d get even if you visited in person.

Uffizi Gallery: Florence, Italy’s world-class Uffizi Gallery is home to the art collection of the de’Medici family. The beautiful building dates back to 1560 — built for the family — but you can tour it in a very 2020 fashion: online. Just choose a room and zoom in.

Smithsonian: The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History welcomes guests for virtual self-guided tours of various areas and exhibits within the museum. Visitors can check out current and permanent exhibits, as well as past exhibits that are no longer on display. Click around the arrows, and zoom in on objects for an up-close look.

British Museum: The British Museum in London is a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits and now features an impressive array of online offerings. Tour the blockbuster Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibit, learn about the Rosetta Stone and tour the Egypt galleries, or take a virtual tour via Google street view.

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Source:: Business Insider


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