Many organizations continue to operate and provide activities, tours, and other experiences during these unprecedented times. WUSF Public Media has put together a list of organizations, both locally and nationally, who continue to provide experiences from the comfort of our homes.
Local Virtual Community Events
The James Museum from Home – Explore The James Museum collection online through art, movies, books, music, family activities, and more. Each week the curated content is freshly considered and presented as a new way to experience the museum from home. Visit The James Museum from Home at jamesmuseum.org.
The Dalí Museum – The Dalí Museum offers free virtual tours that allow you to engage with the artwork of the renowned Salvador Dalí through its app and online exhibits. There are several self-guided tours on The Dalí Museum App along with many different exhibitions and collections, including Midnight in Paris, 1929, and Dreams of Dalí.
Florida Holocaust Museum – The Florida Holocaust Museum is providing virtual tours and events to help continue its public engagement of this significant historical event. These virtual events include Testimony Tuesday, Artifact Wednesday, and Lesson Thursday.
The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum – The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum continues to hold a number of special events virtually. These will include Coffee in Common: A Discussion of Race and Politics, The 1619 Brunch, and more! These events can be found on the museum’s website.
Tampa Museum of Art – The Tampa Museum of Art invites you to tune in to their weekly and daily series to learn new insights from artists, curators, and educators about the artwork at the museum. More information can be found on their website.
Lake Wales History Museum – While the Lake Wales History Museum is closed to the public, you can explore the museum and virtual learning from anywhere with online videos, historical online exhibits, virtual tours, and our historic walking tour. There is a wealth of academic lessons for educators and parents, as well. Visit us at www.lakewalesfl.gov/museum, and go to The Virtual Museum.
Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of the Coronavirus – The USF Institute for Research in Art in the College of The Arts has launched its first major virtual exhibition, Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of the Coronavirus. It humbly engages a select company of international artists to respond to the overwhelming realities of the crisis that has gripped the planet since March 5, the date the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The exhibition takes full advantage of one of the few outlets artists still have—the Internet. It aims to mobilize sentiment, thought, and activity around art and its enduring possibilities: its role as a conceptual catalyst, its ability to trigger ideas, stories, conversations, emotions, feelings, and mental states. Separately and together, each artist’s contribution provides a picture of a planet in crisis, but also images of hope and optimism in the face of a global emergency. The exhibition will continue to evolve with the addition of new artists and materials. Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus is supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
The Ringling Museum – You can visit The Ringling museum from the comfort of your home! The complex offers a few different opportunities for exploration and discovery with the State Art Museum of Florida, Circus Museum, Ca’ d’Zan mansion, and Bayfront Gardens. The Ringling Museum is currently open to visitors with some alterations to ensure the health and safety of both visitors and staff. For more information, visit The Ringling Museum’s website.
The Bishop Museum – You can visit The Bishop Museum remotely. You’ll find videos about the Museum, about their exhibitions, animals, and even the people who work there! The museum will be adding to this page as they develop new content to share. The museum is also open to the public, Wednesday-Sunday, with adjusted operating hours. Visit the museum’s website for more information.
Asolo Rep Theatre – The Asolo Rep Theatre offers multiple opportunities to engage with the organization remotely. These include online and on-air programs, including Musical Moments, Engage On Air, and Ground Floor Series: Making Musicals. For more information and content like this, visit the Asolo Rep Theatre’s website.
St. Petersburg Opera Company – The St. Petersburg Opera Company has a number of performances that are sure to entertain. The St. Petersburg Opera Company has free opera performance streams on its YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/StPetersburgOperaCompany. Also, the organization will hold its annual gala BELLA VOCE virtually this year. Information on the gala can be found here: www.stpeteopera.org/gala.
Creative Pinellas – Creative Pinellas has created a portal for virtual tours and performances on their Arts In page. This connects the community through local artists in Pinellas County. This consists of news, music, film, visual arts, and so much more! More information can be found at creativepinellas.org/artsin.
The American Stage – Join American Stage all summer and enjoy Powerful Stories, Virtually Told on the newly launched Virtual Stage. Meet new people and explore new ideas with the Virtual Academy. Stay connected to powerful live theatre and one another with the same high-quality storytelling American Stage has brought to our community for over 40 years. Summer Shorts, Creative Conversations, Virtual Summer Camp, Master Classes, and more! Explore today at AMERICANSTAGE.ORG.
The Tampa Theatre – The Tampa Theatre is offering virtual cinematic experiences with a collection of new, first-run movies being released via streaming platforms by their film distribution partners. Purchase your virtual ticket on their website.
The Straz Center – The Straz Center invites you to join them on their virtual stage for a number of virtual experiences. Check The Straz Center’s website for more information.
Moving Current Dance Collective – Moving Current Dance Collective uses dances as a catalyst to help change and grow. Now, Moving Current Dance Collective is offering a VIRTUAL moving experience for all ages! More information can be found on their website here: http://movingcurrent.com/newgrounds/
The Florida Aquarium – Join The Florida Aquarium for daily Facebook Live content through its SEA-SPAN broadcasts. This allows audiences to watch the lovely sea creatures the aquarium has to offer while temporarily closed. The aquarium has also introduced the Virtual Discoveries in STEM, a resource filled with learning opportunities for you at home! This new resource is designed to provide parents and school kids with an abundance of educational resources in this time of closure, social distancing, and homeschooling.
Busch Gardens – Join Busch Gardens of Tampa Bay to view some of the amusement park’s favorite exhibits, rides, and animals. Busch Gardens posts multiple times a week on their Facebook page. You can watch your favorite animals being fed or take a virtual ride on one of the parks many rollercoasters!
Florida Virtual Community Events
The Nova Southeastern Art Museum – The Nova Southeastern Art Museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale offers virtual tours to explore the museum’s contemporary art collection. The current exhibits include “Happy!,” “I Paint My Reality,” “Transitions and Transformations,” and many more!
Biltmore Hotel – The Biltmore Hotel in Miami is offering virtual tours of this historic hotel. The tours include images of the hotel’s floor plan and images from the hotels Main Lobby ballrooms, the Palme D’Or Restaurant, and the Fontana Courtyard, to name a few.
National Naval Aviation Museum – The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola allows virtual visitors to view the museum’s extensive collection of aircraft’s. This is the world’s largest naval aviation museum and has 150 restored aircraft’s from the Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Florida Talks: At Home – Florida Talks: At Home virtually connects you with some of our state’s preeminent historians, authors, storytellers, and scholars for live programming. For more information, visit: https://floridahumanities.org/programs/florida-talks/.
The Cade Museum – The Cade is now open for general admission on Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 5 pm, plus Special Summer hours on Thursdays from noon-5 pm from August 6th through August 27th. The museum celebrates the evolving creativity and innovation of individuals. You can also enjoy The Cade Museum from the comfort of your home. Visit www.cademuseum.org for more details.
Dry Tortugas National Park – You can visit one of the world’s most secluded national parks from the comfort of your own home. The Dry Tortugas National Park is offering both virtual tours and in-person tours. You can find more information listed on their website.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra – The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra offers weekly broadcasts consisting of classical works from renowned composers. You can catch these live performances every Friday at 8pm on the orchestra’s Facebook page.
Frost Art Museum – The Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University offers virtual tours of their recent exhibits, including Connectivity, Transitional Nature, and Terence Price II.
Walt Disney World – Visit the happiest place on earth from the comfort of your couch! Walt Disney World is allowing you to visit all 4 of their theme parks thanks to Disney’s 360-degree panoramas on Google Street View. Walt Disney World is also currently open at limited capacity. Visit their website for more details.
National Virtual Community Events
American Museum of Natural History – The American Museum of Natural History in New York City offers virtual tours of the museum’s exhibition halls. Travel back in time to historical periods by examining artifacts and studying replicas. The museum also offers guided hall tours on its Facebook page.
Smithsonian National Museum – The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. offers a number of virtual tours that guide the viewer through history. You can view past, current, and permanent exhibits on their website.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – You can visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City from the comfort of your couch. Explore the museum’s vast collection of art or take a tour that shows the timeline of history.
The National Park Service – The National Park Service allows you to visit national parks from the comfort of your own home. You can explore the sites and sounds of the nation’s wildlife by visiting their website or social media pages.
The San Diego Zoo – The San Diego Zoo is offering an online guided tour of the zoo’s wildlife called Inside Look Tours. The tour also provides information on how the staff takes care of the animals.
The Georgia Aquarium – Visit The Georgia Aquarium’s website to watch live video feeds of sharks, fish, and even otters!
Museum of Modern Art – The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is holding virtual views of exhibitions every Thursday through video stories and curator Q&A’s. You can find a list of MoMa’s virtual events on their website.
BB&T Center – The BB&T Center has started a new series called Concerts #FROMYOURCOUCH. This series provides us with concerts from world-famous artists, like P!NK and John Legend, from the comfort of your home. These range from past performances and recently recorded ones from the artist’s homes.
The Art Institute of Chicago – The Art Institute of Chicago is offering virtual tours of the institute’s renowned art collection. Explore art collections filled with impressionism and even fashion.