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In light of the increased risk to seniors from the Covid-19 pandemic, which has already hit every U.S. state and much of the world, older adults are strongly encouraged to self-isolate. At the same time, senior living facilities have also taken measures to protect residents from the virus. For example, most assisted living facilities have adopted a no visitors policy and have canceled planned trips.
Being stuck at home or in a care home with limited contact with others can make for a very boring few months, but there are things you can do to learn great things, stay entertained and pass the time while the world gets a grip on the Coronavirus pandemic.
Many museums and galleries in the United States and beyond offer virtual tours, allowing you to check out some of their interesting and educational exhibits from the comfort of your home, for free! Bear in mind, however, that in most cases, the virtual tours are restricted to a few exhibitions, but there is still plenty to check out.
Here are 5 great virtual tours for you to complete during the mandatory self-quarantine.
The Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France)
This Parisian museum features a beautiful art gallery that is home to countless masterpieces by French and foreign artists. In addition to paintworks, The Musée d’Orsay houses sculptures and furniture exhibits, most of which were crafted from between 1848 to 1914.
You can take a free virtual tour of this great, culture-rich French museum via their website.
Pergamon Museum (Berlin, Germany)
Next on our list is another awesome European museum. Located on Museum Island, Berlin’s Pergamon Museum was built around a century ago and has exhibitions which are split into various segments, such as the Middle East museum and the museum of Islamic art.
Popular attractions housed in the museum include the Ishtar Gate and the Pergamon Altar, and you can take a virtual tour here.
The British Museum (London, UK)
London has been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the city’s British Museum is still accessible to people all over the world via a virtual tour. It is home to a wide array of artworks and treasures from all over the world and various different interesting periods.
The museum features some 60 galleries and has exhibitions dedicated to Assyrian sculptures, Greek vases, and the Nereid Monument.
The National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C., U.S.)
Washington’s National Gallery of Art was recently closed off to the public in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but, like all the other museums on this list, some of its exhibitions can still be toured virtually.
The museum was opened in 1937 and has its own sculpture garden in addition to the several other exhibitions it houses.
The two exhibitions which offer virtual tours feature creations by Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer and American fashion displays from 1740 to 1895.
The Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy)
The Uffizi Gallery consists of two floors of Florence buildings and features renowned art collections and sculptures, including works from the Middle Ages and contemporary pieces.
14th-century and Renaissance Period masterpieces form part of some of the exhibits, with works by Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Correggio, and Michelangelo on display for enthusiasts to marvel at, even virtually.
A Quick Summary
- The Covid-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruption to the global economy, with businesses shutting their doors and events being canceled in a bid to curb the virus’ spread.
- Seniors are being advised to self-isolate at home, while older adults living in care homes and senior living communities are being urged to minimize their contact with others.
- If you are a senior who’s self-isolating, you can keep yourself entertained by checking out the virtual tours which many museums offer.
- We’ve listed five awesome tours for you in this listicle, which feature art galleries and other interesting exhibitions for you to check out.