Dreaming about travels far, far away? NASA recently partnered with YouTube to help you tour the Hubble Space Telescope Center while safely quarantined at home. Though the Space Telescope Operations Control Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is not technically a museum, this virtual outing is fun and educational for family members of all ages. The 360-degree tour includes the lobby, Missions Operations Room, and a hallway full of hardware that survived its journey aboard Hubble. Note that you will need an updated browser to take the full tour.
J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles isn’t open to non-essential visitors right now, but its Getty Museum is still welcoming digital travellers from across the globe. Enjoy stunning works from the 8th to the 21st centuries in a 3D virtual tour of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Centre. One of the best parts is that you won’t need to time your free reserved ticket like you would for an in-person visit. Show up online anytime to view gorgeous classics like Rembrandt’s Rembrandt Laughing, Renoir’s La Promenade, and Van Gogh’s Irises.
Teatro Regio Torino
Unfortunately, Italians know all too well that social distancing and lockdowns can be emotionally and mentally exhausting. That’s why the Regio in Turin, Italy, began opening virtual shows to the public, calling it #operaonthesofa. The theatre’s website calls it ‘a unique opportunity to see dress rehearsals of prestigious productions of the current season and of the past ones, which will be available, act by act, thanks to unpublished footage.’ Grab a glass of your favourite Italian red, cosy up on the sofa in your robe or Sunday best – the dress code is up to you – and enjoy daily performances of classic Italian operas and ballets.