Due to the Corona crisis, all cultural institutions are currently closed. To ensure that cultural entertainment at home is not neglected, (live) streaming and virtual tours are now being offered to everyone around the world. So it is possible to stroll through the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, visit the Egyptian collection in the Louvre in Paris and watch Verdi's "Il Trovatore" in the Bavarian State Opera from the living room.
Pure history and virtual
Despite closed museums and galleries, the art of the past can also be admired. "Google Arts & Culture" virtually lets visitors into the museum. For example, in the Egyptian collection in the Musée du Louvre in Paris. You can move through many of the museum's rooms. By clicking on the objects, the info texts appear. The British Museum in London also shows a very large range: 45 online exhibitions and over 7,200 objects can be viewed.
The Sao Paulo Museum of Art in Brazil exhibits many classic works that are astonishing in the modern building. The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul also offers the service. The Korean gallery shows national masterpieces. The works of art offer everything from photography, abstract paintings to sculptures that make the cultural heart beat faster. The WWW also offers museums dedicated to individual artists: The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam lets you view the works of art and "The Bedroom" by the famous painter from your own bed. But "Frida Kahlo's wardrobe" is now also visible to everyone. The exhibition about the clothes and styles of the Mexican painter can be accessed at any time via "Google Arts & Culture".
Have you always wanted to be where astronauts have performed important scientific missions? This is also possible: The International Space Station (ISS) can now be explored virtually. Even otherwise hidden parts of museums are opened. The Nation History Museum in London opens a non-public space that contains over 80 million animal and plant species.
The curtain rises despite the theater closings
Theater fans are also affected by the temporary closure of many houses. There is now a replacement program for them: theater streaming. Depending on the theater and genre, both live performance and previously recorded productions can be found on the Internet. The Swedish royal opera house in Stockholm is a good alternative for opera enthusiasts. You can find "Die Walküre" or "Madama Butterfly" there, for example. The Bavarian State Opera in Munich is also showing an opera highlight with "Il Trovatore".
For those who prefer to listen to concerts, "digitalconcerthall.com" is recommended. The Berlin Philharmonic website offers classical concerts. The Lucerne Theater broadcasts drama, ballet for example the State Opera Unter den Linden with "The Nutcracker", live comedy the Schmidt Theater in Hamburg via "Schmidtflyx" and even for children there is for example "The Magic Flute" as a puppet play at the Munich Marionette Theater.
Into the castle
It is the castle of all castles: Versailles. Its architecture, works of art and gardens are unique. This pleasure can now take place from home at any time. Go through where Sissi and her Franzl have already gone? Not possible at the moment due to Covid-19, but it is possible on the Internet. Schönbrunn Palace offers virtual tours. Ludwig II fans do not have to do without Neuschwanstein Castle either. The splendid fairytale castle gives a tour in eleven stages and shows the most beautiful places.