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Cambridge Nixes Cabin Fever

Mon Apr 27, 2020

Itching to do some exploring? With virtual tourism, Cambridge is at your fingertips throughout the pandemic. See the sights; learn new things; and keep your culture quotient in check. You can live it up from the safety of home! Read on for art, history, science and scenic offerings.

ART:

Cambridge Art AssociationInspired by quarantine life, CAA curated The Experience of Looking, an exhibit on noticing curious details in everyday life. Another CAA activity is their virtual studio visit. Using Zoom, you can interact with local artists and immerse yourself in their work.

Harvard Art Museums Harvard Art Museums From Home brings the museums to you. Virtually discover collections and exhibitions, both current and archival. Talks, workshops and an online course examine exclusive collections in greater detail. 

MIT List Visual Arts CenterThrough List you have the chance to make your own data portrait. Curiosity piqued? Visit List at Home.There you’ll engage with current exhibitions, artists and curators. You can also dig into their archives spanning 220 exhibits.

Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American ArtThanks to the Cooper Gallery, there’s no reason to miss out on the powerful traveling exhibition by visual activist, Zanele Muholi. The Gallery presents a virtual tour of The Dark Lioness. It features contested representations of the Black body.

Multicultural Arts CenterEnter the Center’s virtual gallery and browse through 130 pieces by students of Cambridge Public Schools. These budding Picassos are sure to bring some sunshine to your day.

HISTORY:

Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near EastPut your feet up, press play and enter the House of Yahweh! Discover the Ancient Near East with a virtual tour of HMANE (formerly the Harvard Semitic Museum).

Cambridge Historical SocietyHas social isolation got you going through old photos? Rewind the clock and take a virtual walk through Cambridge during the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. The parallels between then and now are fascinating.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & EthnologyMesoAmerican 3D models are yours for the viewing. The same goes for exhibits with corresponding videos and lectures by experts. Last but not least is access to the enormous database of collections at the Peabody.

SCIENCE:

Museum of ScienceBetween designing your own museum and cozying up with a tough mind-bender, fun is never in short supply with MOSatHome. Partake in daily live streams, webinars, podcasts and STEM activities. Then visit the butterfly garden or get a taste of nightlife with Subspace, after-dark programming for adults.

Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryThe exploration of Earth and its resources is infinite — so is HMNH Online. If you’re looking for something new at HMNH, try their interactive Earth Month series with activities like the City Nature Challenge. Another new series is Face to Face ,which showcases expressive portraits of museum animals by local painter, Jana Matusz. 

Collection of Historical Scientific InstrumentsFrom Starstruck to Time, Life & Matter, a bounty of exhibits awaits in CHSI’s online collection. Explore each instrument, step into a lab and lose yourself in the world of scientific materials. 

SCENIC:

Mount Auburn CemeteryVirtual tours are just one of many ways to experience America’s first garden cemetery. Podcasts, event streams, online exhibits and a digital archive make Mount Auburn the complete nature-at-home experience.

Charles River ConservancyStep out as you stay in. Read CRC’s biweekly newsletter on the parks along the Charles. Expect nuggets of history, ecology and then some.

Harvard Museums of Science and CultureWant to spice up your background on video conference calls? Download virtual backgrounds from HMSC’s four museums: Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, the Peabody Museum at Harvard and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.