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Cambridge Nixes Cabin Fever

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 Association
Inspired 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 Center
Through 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 Art
Thanks 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 Center
Enter 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 East
Put 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 Society
Has 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 & Ethnology
MesoAmerican 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 Science 
Between 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 History
The 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 Instruments
From 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 Cemetery
Virtual 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 Conservancy
Step 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 Culture
Want 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.


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