Entertainment, Learning & Interests

If binging TV series and movies, or reviving your interest in board games, are not your preferred way to entertain yourselves during the stay-at-home advisory, you may want to consider the novel ways performing artists, scientists and their institutions are bringing their talents to your home (and you can help keep them operating). Many of your favorite venues, shows, and artists have created their own streaming services and podcasts. You can search for them on Google, YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and other social sites. For podcasts, check your local podcast player (Apple, Google, Spotify, iHeartRadioStitcher, Spreaker, etc.).

Also, try your favorite radio station — all radio stations now have their own online streaming channels (e.g. WCRB). Here is an article from The Guardian listing alternative online replacements for cancelled live shows, and one from The Stage for European theatre.


Theatre, Dance & Music

Boston Local

Streamed recordings of past live performances, behind the scenes looks at orchestra life, and interviews with musicians.
A series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to support freelance artists impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is a member.

National

A nightly streaming of live performances from the Metropolitan Opera.
Broadway shows recorded and streamed online. Requires membership.
Unique, one-time-only, live-streamed Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, and television theatrical events and original series to support arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
Daily live-streamed theatre series to support The Actors Fund.
Live theatre written, cast, and performed in a single night and day.
Full length videos of the Company performing on stage.
Live streams and videos of all different types of performances in one place, on one calendar.

Global

Selection of their top performances from famous operas and ballets.
Full video streams of some of their latest performances.
Online performances from one of the best orchestras in the world. Free access for limited time.
Full-length productions uploaded every Thursday from this iconic theatre.
Shows from Britain’s leading theatre companies recorded and streamed online. Requires membership.
1,000s of films depicting 120 years of British life.


Visual Arts & Literature

Boston Local

Large collections of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, movies, and TV series for you to enjoy online.
Digital collection of rare books, paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts. Recorded lectures and music also available.
Images and history encompassing their vast collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Diverse overview of contemporary art in all media, including visual art exhibitions, complete publications, music, film, video, and performance.
Online collection of images and videos highlighting artworks across several mediums from the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums.
Stories, music, and art from their extensive collection.

National & Global

Virtual tours of 2,500+ museums and galleries around the world. If you’re unsure where to start, you can begin with their Top 10.
Videos depicting life at the museum, art history, and collection tours. Requires subscription.
Weekly videos about art and artists from around the world.
Visual timeline of the world, with an array of annotated objects.
Online collection from the world’s leading museum of art and design.
Artworks ,videos, audio clips and 360º images of the famous museum.
A one-take 5-hour YouTube journey through Russia’s iconic museum.
Curator-led virtual exhibition tours and works from the gallery’s collection.
The stories behind street art across the world with audio-guided tours and online exhibitions.


History & Culture

Boston Local

A time capsule of domestic life from the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries right here in Back Bay.
A curated online collection of archaeological and ethnological artifacts from one of the oldest anthropology museums in the world.
Video lectures by Harvard faculty and other scientists and naturalists.
Online exploration of African American history in Boston.
Video excerpts highlighting their collection of Near Eastern artifacts.
In-depth multimedia history of the life and times of our 35th president.
Multimedia history of one of Boston’s most famous residents and the real story behind the Midnight Ride.
USS Constitution Museum
A curated collection of material related to “Old Ironsides”, a pictorial history, and interactive games and projects for the young at heart.

National & Global

2D and 3D online profiles of some of their over 155 million objects from their 20 museums, plus a schedule of educational online events.
Videos (The Brain Scoop!), family games, and learning programs about natural history.


STEM

Boston Local

Daily video streams of informative and interesting STEM-centered subjects.
New England Aquarium
In-depth live streams and virtual visits in video, behind the scenes interviews, and daily activities about the aquarium’s animals and scientists.
Online collection featuring 26,000 objects and artifacts covering the MIT Community. The full database is available here.
Multimedia in-depth study of plant life in the oldest public arboretum in North America.
A virtual online tour of the waterworks. A live tour is streamed weekly on their Facebook page.

National & Global

A curated eclectic array of science-centric games, videos, and DIY projects.


Parks & Iconic Sites

Boston Local

Virtual tours for the Boston area.

National & Global

Listed again! Virtual tours of iconic sites as well as museums and galleries.
Virtual exploration of iconic locations in 3D.
Virtual tours of iconic destination vacation sites.
Virtual tours of U.S. national parks.
San Diego Zoo
Live cams and videos from one of the nation’s most famous zoos.
Live webcams of the aquarium’s animals.