Virtual Travel Becoming Popular Diversion

Kim Wonderley
March 19, 2020 - 12:27 pm

The freedom to travel is just one of the many of life's pleasures that's been curtailed by the coronavirus. However, a growing number of museums, artists, and live performances are coming online every day. KCBS's Kim Wonderley has a look in this week's Road Report.

The Google Arts and Culture platform is your window to a variety of major museums. You can take a tour of London's National Gallery, which has 10 Monet collections alone. Poking around the "Monet in London" collection, you see not only the paintings, but the history behind Monet's escape from France during the Franco-Prussian War with historic photos and drawings that accompany the paintings. 

Also online are the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam, the Art Institute in Chicago and the Acropolis Museum in Athens. This is an endless rabbit hole that holds so much beauty and historical context. You can search by museum, historical figures and events and art movements. There's even 360 degree videos to view architecture and sculpture. 

So many people are holding tickets to now cancelled concerts, plays, and other performances, but you don’t have to miss out completely. New York’s Metropolitan Opera has canceled performances through the end of March but the Met is now streaming a free performance from its “live in HD” archives for the duration of this hiatus. 

Many contemporary acts are coming online too with plans to bring their shows to your laptop, including artists like John Legend, Keith Urban and Neil Young to name but a few.

And an ingenious alternative popped up in LA recently when some experimental musicians organized a drive-in concert in an empty parking lot. A hyper-local FM transmitter was used to broadcast the event to cars in the parking lot while others listened on a webcast. As the set ended, the cars flashed their headlights in silent applause. Bravo!