18 Mar Virtual Activities for Residents
We understand that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, senior living providers are limiting resident movement within their communities. This results in greater resident isolation and puts additional stress on your care team. Link-age has compiled a list of virtual experiences, including tours and performances, that you might wish to share with your residents to help mitigate the risks associated with social isolation. The list includes museum tours, travel clips, a tour of the earth’s moon, dance and musical performances, walks through beautiful gardens and more!
Thanks to Scott Buchanan, CEO of The Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield, Ohio, for his suggestion to create this list. Look for additional solutions to be coming soon. Enjoy!
ARTS & THEATRE
- New York’s Metropolitan Opera will be offering free digital shows every night at 7:30 p.m. from March 16 through March 22.
- The Kennedy Center
- Ford’s Theatre
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE
- Wright Patterson National Air Force Museum
- NASA Glenn Research Center
- NASA’s 4K virtual tour of Earth’s moon
- Portland Japanese Garden
- Highgrove Gardens, UK
- Kew Gardens, UK
- North American Gardens
- Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden
- Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania
- Aerial Tours Around the World
- Yellowstone Tours
- Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
- The Cotswolds, England
- View from Empire State Building
- Wales, UK from the Sky
- Mount Vernon – George Washington’s home
- 360 View of Stonehenge
- Visit Greece
- Smithsonian Natural History Museum
- British Museum, London
- This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
- Guggenheim Museum, New York
- Google’s street view feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
- Musée d’Orsay, Paris
- You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
- One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.
- Pergamon Museum, Berlin
- As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
- Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence
- This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.
- MASP, São Paulo
- The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.
- National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
- Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.
- The Louvre, Paris
- The Louvre offers virtual tours on its website.
- The Vatican, Vatican City, Rome
- Google Arts & Culture
- An online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural heritage sites.
- Baseball Hall of Fame
- The Baseball Hall of Fame offers 360 degree tours.