Worldwide Museum Tours to Take from Home

Could there be anything more taxing to a writer’s output than a Covid-19 pandemic, an enforceable rule for staying home and something else called social distancing?

Well, yes.

That would be the root canal conducted in the middle of it all.

At least one of us found himself in that situation yesterday, sequestered away in an masked endodontist’s office with his assistant, a receptionist, a wide variety of radiological equipment, and a series of jaw-numbing concoctions.

But thankfully today, that’s history.

And now we’re touring the world’s great museums virtually, courtesy of Alison Buchbinder, vice president of Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors in New York. She sent me links to a bunch of them, and I thought it might be nice to share them.

There’s the American Museum of Natural History in New York where kids and families can find activities and games to learn about the natural world.

And the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., the world’s foremost authority on glass, where visitors can take a virtual tour through the airy Contemporary Art + Design Wing, get lost in the 35 Centuries of Glass galleries or watch the Netflix film “Blown Away.”

At the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, visitors can take a virtual 360-degree tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s spiraling rotunda [29], access 200+ art books available in the museum’s digital archive, and watch more than 65 artist profiles.

At the Qatar Museums, visitors can take a 360-degree tour of the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by the late I. M. Pei, and experience, as well as the collections of the recently opened in the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar.

Forget about all this pandemic business for awhile. Put that root canal – or anything like it – behind you. Keep up the social distancing, but go online now and get a little culture while it’s still okay – and before we all have to go back to work.

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