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15 Virtual Cultural Experiences in H-Town
April 23rd, 2020
By Kelsey Seeker

Amid the ever-changing COVID-19 health crisis, experts are continuing to recommend social distancing and staying at home as much as possible. We miss Houston’s arts scene as much as you do, so we’ve rounded up these virtual experiences so you can get your cultural fix while you #WFH. 

While the curated list we shared below is just a snapshot of the many virtual experiences Houston offers, the Houston Museum District is also sharing a collection of all museum content and daily inspiration.
 

1. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston shares this virtual museum experience with access to its art collections and selected exhibitions, film screenings, art-making activities, recorded lectures, artist’s talks and more.
 

2. The Houston Museum of Natural Science hosts an online exhibition that allows people to come face to face with Jurassic Giants and browse through the most spectacular collection of natural history available.
 

3. Explore The Menil Collection's collections online through visual imagery and background information on the pieces.

Menil Collection
Courtesy of The Menil Collection

 

4. Experience the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston from home with virtual events like open studios and art talks. 
 

5. Try a new craft with virtual classes from Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. New content is posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and learn how to make your own fabric mask or how to weave a bookmark.
 

6. The Houston Symphony has created a schedule of broadcasts, at-home performances, podcasts and more.
 

7. While the shows are experiencing an intermission, Alley Theatre shares behind-the-scenes content and mini-performances. 
 

8. Preservation Houston is sharing tidbits of Houston history on Instagram and identifying historic buildings through their hashtag #builthouston.

Preservation Houston
Courtesy of Preservation Houston

 

9. Throwback to when Buffalo Bayou Partnership presented a unique site-specific environment by world-renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a 1926 underground city reservoir that BBP restored, repurposed and revealed in 2016.
 

10. The Houston Zoo is bringing the Zoo to you with daily video updates and information. Tune into the animal webcams to see the animals in real time.
 

11. Visit Houston Arboretum & Nature Center virtually with video trail walks and nature challenges.
 

12. Hermann Park offers nature videos on its social channels, as well as Zoom backgrounds and park guides
 

13. While also providing virtual visits through Instagram, the Lone Star Flight Musuem is hosting the ultimate social distancing event on May 8th. The Fight to the Finish Flyover will feature 25+ rare and historic warbirds flying over Greater Houston. All you have to do is go outside and look up!
 

Lone Star Flight Museum Flyover Path
Courtesy of The Lone Star Flight Museum

 

14. In addition to offering e-books and digital resources as usual, Houston Public Library also hosts an online book club.
 

15. Missing Space Center Houston? Explore the universe with ViewSpace
 

Tag HYPE and use #StayHomeHTown to share other virtual experiences you’ve found.

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