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Free Virtual Visit & Cultural Programs during Lockdown

A list of free cultural programs/events during lock down. If you know of other offerings, do share!

MUSEUM Virtual Visits
Google Arts & Culture has virtual tours of over 500 art museums.

*Bavaria's 17 museums (thanks, sla019) --
*5 Berlin museums --
*14 Paris museums -- (art &62,599 historic photos)

Palace/Castle Virtual Visit - Versailles, Schönbrunn Palace, Buckingham Palace, Edinburgh Castle, Catherine Palace, Royal Palace of Caserta

Virtual Visit of 400 Museums and Antiquity/Archeological Sites in Italy
List by category: under "Elenco Grandi Eventi" (below the search box).

Wiener Staatsoper
Til end of April, daily at 7pm, opera/ballet, remains for 24 hr.

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Daily at noon, remains for 24 hr.

Bayerische Staatsoper
Til 5/2, Opera/Concert, available 14 days.

Royal Opera House and

New York Metropolitan Opera
Streaming archive at or via Met’s on-demand apps. Daily at 7:30 pm ET, remains for 20 hours.

Opera Garnier & Opera Bastille
Opera & ballet.

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Archived opera on

Teatro Real & Gran Teatre del Liceu
Daily streaming on Free code OPERAENCASA.

Teatro Massimo di Palermo
Classical concerts/opera.

Opernhaus Zürich
Til 6/1, stream opera Friday 6pm to Sunday midnight. Subtle EN/FR/DE.

Free opera from 29 major opera houses in 17 countries.

Mariinsky Theater (St Petersburg)
Free webcast/video of performances.

Bolshoi Theater (Moscow)
6 opera/ballet. Available for 24 hr.

Berliner Philharmoniker
(thanks! sla019) Til 4/19, Digital Concert Hall with over 600 concerts.

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Free classical concerts.

Ivan Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra
Nightly live streaming of chamber concerts in Quarantine Soirées

London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Free concerts on &

Movies/documentaries/concerts/operas in 6 languages (English).

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6948 posts

Thanks, Ashley. Yipee—Arte on line!

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1581 posts

Excellent list, thank you very much. I'll make heavy use of it. ;)

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1600 posts

AshleyMIA, thanks so much for this list. What a gift from the cultural communities! And thank you for pulling this great list together.

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1600 posts

AshleyMIA, exactly right! I had hoped to attend the ballet at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theaters in Russia. (Still hope to, some day!)

For now, I watched the full length "Anna Karenina" ballet from the Mariinsky theater in St Petersburg, over the course of 2 nights and with plenty of snack breaks. Perfect!

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Just adding two links to the impressive list above:

I've received just an email by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam saying "Even though the museum is temporarily closed you can still enjoy the collection! Just visit Rijksstudio to view over 700,000 works of art, and join us on social media for a virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum."

Another example of a good online collection not mentioned in the "Virtual Museum Visits" above are the Bavarian State Collections (Pinakotheken) in Munich.

It would be nice if other readers could contribute ever more of those interesting links.

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I also want to say thank you.
This is great info to use during this difficult time.
Thank you
Happy travels

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2994 posts

Ashley , A veritable cornucopia of delights !!!

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1470 posts

So many resources in one place - thank you for your efforts in putting this together. There have been some others mentioned in other threads and I thought I was going to have to search individually.

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1021 posts

All good stuff, thank you. Seeing as we are mainly small town/village travellers, we do not get the chance to visit that many of the larger museums. On our honeymoon, eons ago, we spent a good deal of time in the Vienna Kunst: . I can spend ages looking at Bruegels, they make the world a better place.

When on Lake Como we stayed near Lenno. If only I’d known Ponte dei Salti was close by.

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1627 posts

Fabulous! Thank you so much. I can’t wait to sample this list.

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I enjoyed the currently available online concert of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, with Kirill Petrenko and Jonas Kaufmann, recorded on Jun 29 (with drastically reduced audience), available until August 2:

Arnold Schönberg
Kammersymphonie Nr. 1 op. 9 für (15 Soloinstrumente)

Igor Strawinsky
Suite aus dem Ballett Pulcinella für Orchester

Gustav Mahler
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Nr. 1 - 4
(in der Bearbeitung von Arnold Schönberg)

Richard Strauss
Orchestersuite aus der Musik zum Bürger als Edelmann des Molière Op.60 (III)

Orchesterakademie des Bayerischen Staatsorchesters
Einstudierung Allan Bergius
Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor
Kirill Petrenko, Musikalische Leitung