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Museums go virtual for people stuck at home

Museums are some of the many non-essential businesses that closed their doors for the COVID-19 outbreak. A variety of museums have turned to displaying content online for people who are at home in quarantine. If you’re a fan of history, you’ll be thrilled to know that the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is offering a free online tour of every exhibit in the museum. Users can navigatethrough the museum at their own pace and enjoy a 360-degree view of every room. Another neat history museum you can enjoy virtual exhibits from is the National Women’s History Museum. One exciting science museum that has gone virtual is NASA. They are offering virtual tours of both Virginia’s Langley Research Center and Ohio’s Glenn Research Center. Space Center Houston is also offering virtual reality experiences through their Space Center Houston app. Users can enjoy a virtual tour, an audio tour, selfie filters and more. Art fans are in luck because there is a high number of art museums that are offering online tours. Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, Paris’s The Louvre(which features works from Michelangelo, Egyptian antiques and more), and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art are three incredible art museums that offer engaging 360-degree virtual tours. Museums are not the only attractions that have gone online. Zoos and aquariums are also finding ways to give people a virtual experience. You can tune into the Atlanta Zoo's Panda Cam at any time of the day to see what the pandas are up to. The San Diego Zoo livestreams a variety of their animals, including tigers, apes, elephants, penguins and polar bears. The best part about all these virtual experiences is that they are completely free! When there is nothing else to do at home during the pandemic, take advantage of these online museums and expand your knowledge. Try seeing if your favorite museum or zoo has gone virtual and let usknow what you think!

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