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Over 100 Experiences to Soak up Culture at Home

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Most of us have seen our worlds shrink dramatically in the last few months. Our evenings, once filled with happy hours, gallery openings, and midnight movies, are now more limited, to say the least. Fortunately, there is no shortage of ways to bring our favorite cultural experiences into our homes. Here, 103 ways to make your world a little larger—to experience (virtual) travel to all seven continents, drink with some of the best sommeliers in the game, and attend never-before-seen theatre productions, all from the comfort of your own home.

Movies, television, live(streamed) exhibitions, and virtual theatre to whisk you away

Right now, the broadway curtains are drawn, and it may be a while before impressionist art lovers can visit the Musée d’Orsay. But that doesn’t mean you can’t partake in your favorite culture-based entertainment, whether you’re a theatre buff, an architecture nerd, or a self-identified artiste. Here, our favorite (live)streaming options, including movies for armchair travel, shows for foodies and artistic souls, and virtual theatre for those missing the hallowed Broadway stages.

Tour the most architecturally significant structures in the world by streaming the new docu-series Home

Stream the original play Finish the Fight, celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote, presented by The New York Times

Visit your favorite hotels around the world through these famous movies and television shows

Take an Italian vacation on the silver screen with a double feature: The Talented Mr. Ripley and Call Me By Your Name

Watch world-class virtual operas at the MET via livestream

Watch the original cast of Hamilton perform from your living room on Disney+

From Frida Kahlo to Salvador Dali, tour your favorite artists' homes for a look into their personal creative spaces

Visit the famed Uffizi Gallery in Florence to see Bottecelli’s Birth of Venus

Attend the world's first virtual reality art show

Gear up for The New Yorker Festival, which is happening virtually from October 5 to October 11

Frequent The New York Times’ live events programming, which in addition to presenting “offstage” theatre focuses on culture, food, and politics-related topics

Take an architecture lover's dream tour of 12 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings

Try a BroadwayHD free trial and stream your favorite broadway musicals at home

Draw inspiration from top mixologists and sommeliers

Remember touring wine cellars in Tuscany, and tasting directly from the barrel in Napa? Well, until we can return to those days, the best wine makers and mixologists are bringing their upscale offerings to you. Learn from the martini-shaking experts, master the use of Campari, and tour the vineyards of Bordeaux virtually while staying home.

Watch The Beaumont London’s bar manager make a 007-inspired martini

Order your favorite spirits to your front door using these home delivery services

Become well-versed in Campari and try the five brand-approved Campari cocktails

Learn how to make a classic negroni with the one and only Stanley Tucci

Create an enviable at-home bar with all the necessary spirits, liqueurs, and accoutrements

Sample the latest northern California wines with virtual tasting experiences from Napa Valley

Make limoncello at home with help from the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese bar manager

Take a virtual wine tour of Bordeaux and discover the wonders of French wine and armchair vineyard hopping

Make the perfect gin and tonic with guidance from the American Bar's head bartender

Test how diversified your spirits palette really is by seeing whether you have these seven spirits travelers swear by

See what cocktails celebrities like Padma Lakshmi are mixing at home

Travel around the world with these 12 global cocktail recipes

Download these essential wine apps for both aspiring sommeliers and beginners working to expand their palettes

Bring upscale cuisine from around the world into your home

There is nothing like successfully creating a restaurant dish you love at home. Whether you’ve been trying to duplicate the hummus you had in Tel Aviv since your last trip to Israel, or your approach to cooking is just to do whatever Ina Garten says, these top chefs allow you to bring the fine dining experience to your kitchen table.

Make hummus with Michael Solomonov, the famous chef behind Philly’s James Beard Award-winning restaurant, Zahav

Order takeout from our favorite Michelin-starred restaurants in the U.S.

Tune in for Antoni Porowski’s Quar Eye: Cooking Lessons in Quarantine

Learn more about Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen initiative, feeding those in need across the U.S.

Do your bubbie proud and tune in to “Tradish,” a cooking series with the Jewish Food Society

Hang out with Massimo Bottura on Instagram as he releases episodes of his Kitchen Quarantine series

Try these recipes from five-star hotel chefs around the world

Host high tea for your family, prepared in the proper British style

Whip up a meal with items in your pantry with go-to easy recipes from these renowned chefs

Visit the Michelin Guide's Instagram page for new recipes from coveted restaurants around the world

Soaking up culture through literature, art, music, and even gaming

Take this time at home to discover a new culture-based hobby, whether that’s getting back into reading one book a month, rekindling your love with vintage records, or even hosting game nights to bring your friends together. This is a quick selection of some of our favorite literary and musically inclined pastimes.

See the travel world through the eyes of these 20 exceptional black authors

Browse the work of modern impressionist artists from around the globe

Find the top-of-the-line record players on the market to upgrade your home sound system

Read our favorite books for the traveler at heart

Listen to any radio station in the world on Radio Garden—try listening to a station in a different language

Follow this guide to host a virtual poker tournament for your friends and family

Decorate with and lust over these visually stunning travel-inspired coffee table books

Up your style at home with guidance from cultural tastemakers and interior designers

Let’s be real, we’re spending most of our time at home. And there’s nothing like spending 24 hours a day in the confines of four walls to make you realize that your faux mid-century console in the dining room isn’t cutting it. From borrowing design pieces from five-star hotels (ahem, you can buy those Four Seasons’ pillows) to Kondo-izing your closet and achieving a cohesive plantscape in your home, these resources will kick your design game up a few notches.

Take a few cues from President Obama’s White House interior designer while updating your home

Organize your walk-in closet with help from an expert (you know you’ve been meaning to…)

Missing the hotel experience? Bring your favorite hotel comforts into your bedroom

Try a virtual plant consultation with a chic Brooklyn plant shop, and stock up on plant friends to brighten your home

Up your organization game with these Marie Kondo-inspired home accessories

Take office styling advice from two cutting-edge Swedish designers

Learn the key design elements of chic Parisian apartments from a Havenly designer

Peruse luxury home accessories from iconic five-star hotel brands

Bring the essence of a posh London flat into your apartment with these tips

Experience the very best of virtual travel

Armchair travel to every corner of the globe, with these virtual tours of South Africa, Alaska, the hidden gems of Italy, and a whole lot more. Armchair travel is by no means a replacement for actual travel, of course. But think of it as a way to inspire your future travels and show you places you didn’t even know you needed to add to your bucket list.

Discover the glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska

Head to Hawai’i to see the majestic volcanoes of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Stargaze with your special someone (or by yourself–a partner is far from a stargazing requirement) in Bryce Canyon National Park, a dark sky reserve

Head 70 miles off Key West to see Florida’s Dry Tortugas National Park

Visit the most under-the-radar spots in Italy with this Instagram influencer

Pretend you’re vacationing in Iceland on The Retreat at Blue Lagoon’s Instagram

Peer out the well-positioned windows of these five-star hotels in exotic locales from Lake Como to St. Barths

Watch this Earth Cam to see the best views around the world, from Mount Fuji to the Eiffel Tower

Tour all seven wonders of the world with this virtual tour

Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience from your couch with a tour of the international space station

See the world's most-visited tourist attractions without tourists

Take a très chic French vacation at home—Hèrmes scarf encouraged, but sold separately

Experience the beauty of slow travel with these elegant virtual train rides

Bring more Japanese inspiration into your home by stocking up on Japanese beauty products and turning your bathroom into a traditional onsen

Take a luxe virtual island vacation, curated by Baha Mar

Visit the museums of Scotland, from the National Galleries of Scotland to the Scottish Maritime Museum

Have a virtual face-to-face with the majestic Rwandan gorillas

Host a Grecian vacation at home with a tour of Athens' famous acropolis

Broaden your children’s horizons with unexpected field trips

Field trips may be canceled for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean you can’t further your child’s learning outside the virtual or in-person classroom. Whether they’re a budding traveler eager to visit the plains of Africa, a Pixar fanatic, an animal lover, or are already showing signs of a green thumb, there’s plenty of virtual activities to take part in with your children.

From planting a garden to camping in the living room, try these five travel-inspired activities with your kids

Build a meditation garden and create an at-home spa with your children

Show your children the 100+ caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico

Follow the adventures of the sweetest, smallest sheepdog in Ireland

Take a virtual field trip to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium and hang with the penguins

Print coloring books from more than 100 galleries, libraries, and museums around the world

Bring your children to the San Diego Zoo and on an African safari to spot the Big Five

Watch recordings of Dolly Parton reading 10 classic bedtime stories to your children

Get a travel subscription box for your kiddos—it comes with their own "little passport"

Visit the official Pixar YouTube channel with your kids for some unexpected and delicious recipes inspired by your favorite Pixar friends

Curate five-star zen, spa, and beauty experiences by taking inspiration from wellness gurus around the world

While most professionals are staying home, many are still working harder than ever. When you can’t leave the office, it’s particularly hard to log off. Whether you’re a full-time employee, parent, caregiver, home-school teacher, or all of the above, it’s understandable to feel drained during this uncertain time. Make sure to dedicate time to self-care, with inspiration from the wellness experts.

Create a natural southern California glow with brightening and hydrating face masks

Bring the luxe salon experience into your home with direction from the pros

Start balancing your Ayurvedic doshas by nurturing mindfulness at home

Get salon-style hair with these luxurious at-home hair masks

Up your at-home mani/pedi game with these trendy summer colors

Refresh your master bedroom to optimize your sleep and encourage relaxation

Curate your plant selection with wisdom from a Netherlands-based botanist

Coveted classes you can participate in virtually

No time like the present to learn something new, be it conversational Spanish or how to assemble a stunning cheese platter. With your favorite global brands and local businesses offering classes online, take advantage and hone a new skill set.

From Master Class to Peloton, find the wellness classes that resonate with you most

Learn a new language as a family with these seven apps

Compete with your favorite athletes with guidance from Nike's Living Room Cup Challenge

Learn to make pasta with a very sweet and technologically savvy Italian grandmother

Take a virtual cheese class with NYC’s Murray’s Cheese

Learn what it takes to pass the most challenging wine and spirit education courses

Don’t miss a beat in your luxury workout routine with the newly launched Equinox app

Stream yoga classes with our favorite instructors around the world

Scout the hottest luxury real estate listings around the world

If you haven’t spent at least nine cumulative hours on real estate websites since March, you’ve got some catching up to do. Luckily, we’re all too fond of taking a closer look at the most exciting and architecturally significant listings. Come along with us on these tours of celebrity estates and Frank Lloyd Wright stunners, and get ready to make an offer on Brigette Bardot’s former Cannes residence.

Browse the healthiest house in California, which went on the market at $26 million

Tour the rare Frank Lloyd Wright property that went up for sale in Minneapolis this year

Take bets on whether this historic carriage house in Gramercy will go for more than the $6 million asking price

Tour Brigette Bardot's former Cannes estate

Get inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright home that's now on the National Register of Historic Places

Learn how residential buyers' tastes are changing in 2020—and how real estate agents are accommodating the shift

Tour the $1 million Millard family home designed by the one and only Frank Lloyd Wright


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