Virtual Tours for the Cultured Soul During COVID-19 

Explore museums, zoo and a world-famous national park. 
Monday 23 March 2020
The stunning Yellowstone National Park. Photo: Pixabay

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept most of us home. While Netflix doesn’t sound like a bad plan to keep busy, there’s always another option to prevent boredom. So for those looking to expand their horizons by exploring different cultures, check out this list of fascinating virtual tours, right from the comfort of your home.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

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For Pass through the City, a 16-meter wide artificial stone with a mirror attached was loaded to a large trailer to be driven across the central region of Daegu. Photo: Google Arts and Culture.

Since opening its doors in 1969, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), has established itself as the premier institution of Korean modern art. Each of the MCMA’s four branches is devoted to various genres of visual arts such as architecture, design, and crafts.

Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, some of the current online exhibitions include a tribute to Yoo Youngkuk and Park Hyunki. The former pays homage to one of the pioneers of Korean abstract art, while the latter features works by a trailblazer in Korean video art.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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A sculpted model of an Algerian City. Photo: Google Arts and Culture.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of art, especially of the modern and contemporary periods. This is done via exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, with the New York institution specially dedicated to the art of the 20th century and beyond.

Google Arts and Culture brings the museum to life with fascinating virtual tours like No Country, which offers a glimpse into the region’s diverse contemporary art practices. Meanwhile, But a Storm is Brewing From Paradise presents a spectrum of themes like migration and architecture from the Middle East and North Africa.

Yellowstone National Park

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Breathtaking views. Photo: Pixabay

Get ready to explore one the best national parks in the world. Spanning almost 9,000 square kilometers, Yellowstone is known for its wildlife and geothermal features, and the virtual tour enables you to explore features like the mammoth hot spring trails as well as the Norris geyser basin.

The former consists of beautiful terrace structures, along with heat, a natural plumbing system, water, and limestone. Meanwhile the latter is one of the hottest and most acidic of Yellowstone’s hydrothermal areas, as well as being part of one of the world’s largest active volcanoes.

San Diego Zoo

Calling all animal lovers! San Diego Zoo offers you the chance to experience the wild, right from the comfort of your home. The zoo features live cams of baboons, penguins, apes, koalas, giraffes and tigers, along with recorded footage of pandas. So if you’ve had enough of Netflix, channel your inner Steve Irwin and watch the animals going about their day.

Great Wall of China

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An engineering and architectural marvel. Photo: Unsplash

While travelling isn’t the best thing to be doing right now, that doesn’t mean you’d have to give up on your wanderlust dreams. The Great Wall of China offers a virtual tour to experience the best bits of this ancient wonder. So be it standing guard on one of the watchtowers or taking a stroll during winter wonderland, this is a cool way to kill some time while deciding what’s for lunch.

From museums to zoos, these virtual tours should make staying at home a little bit easier. As for those looking to kick back and relax, check out this specially curated playlist, by our Editor-in-Chief.