Right now, it’s all about bringing that real life experience to the screen. Museums and attractions in Ohio are bringing their collections, exhibits and projects online. From virtual tours to museums creating #museumgames, we’ve rounded up some notable happenings in the digital world.
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National Museum of the Great Lakes: Take a look around the museum with their interactive tour. You can also take a tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Ship, which was built in 1911 and earned the moniker “Queen of the Lakes.”
Experience Columbus: To keep you feeling connected, Experience Columbus with Scott Woods is taking viewers on tours of local attractions. Every Friday at Noon, Scott will be led on a guided tour of well-known spots like the Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House. Watch on Scott’s Facebook for the video tours, and check Experience Columbus’ page for updates.
Digital Art Collections
Columbus Museum of Art: Scroll through more than 3,500 pieces of art. You can also watch curator Jonathan Weinberg’s past talk from the opening of their most recent exhibit. They’ll also be posting behind-the-scenes looks at certain exhibits, so keep an eye on their social media channels, and follow along with #myCMAatHome and #MyCMAstudio.
Taft Museum of Art: You can check out pieces from the museum thanks to the #TaftMuseumDiscovered hashtag on social media — all from the comfort of your couch. Or you can go website to see ighlights from their permanent collection.
Akron Art Museum: The museum’s digital collection is available for you to look through. But if you’re looking for something a bit more interactive, check out their weekly crossword puzzle (shared on Facebook and Instagram). Each Sunday, they’ll reveal a new clue to the crossword puzzle. The Akron Art Museum, as part of their campaigns, also launched programs around other activities like #MuseumAtHome and #TryThis.
Music & Entertainment
Local – and even internationally famous – musicians and music venues are hosting livestream concerts. Like Columbus-based musician Angela Perley, who hosted a “House Couch” Watch Concert. For an extra bonus, check out her music video, “Don’t Look Back Mary,” which was filmed in part at the Early Television Museum.
Several Ohio libraries, like the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, are also offering online and digital resources. Listen Columbus, part of Upper Arlington Public Library, streams their collection of local musicians; so you can jam away all day long. Other libraries have several collections available to occupy your time. From ebooks, audio books, to streaming TV, movie and even digital copies of magazines.
Cleveland Public Library offers a selection of digital content perfect for your days. Take a look at their ebook Prime Picks and their free Library Apps available for download. Or you can learn a new skill online for free or a new language.
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For the Kids
Storytime: Reading aloud is a great way to entertain the kids. And several children’s bookstores and libraries are making their Storytimes available on social media. Logan County Libraries has a series of Strorytimes on their YouTube channel (you can also watch on Facebook too). Blue Manatee bookstore is doing Virtual Storytimes on Instagram Live at 10:00AM every Tuesday and Thursday. And Upper Arlington Library also created a calendar of livestream events that you can access here.
Concerts: The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati put their production of “SUFFRAGETTES: WITH LIBERTY AND VOTING FOR ALL” online. Watch just for fun, or as part of an educational experience. TCT also has a few video-based activities you can access too.
Crafts: Local artists and makers have been sharing crafts you can have your kids do to help keep them entertained. Check out places like Not Your Mama’s Craft, who launched a series of Free Kids Craft Tutorials you can check out on their social media and website. Dublin is also offering a few crafts for your kids, like “Create-Your-Own Fairy Door.”
Museums: Six Northeast Ohio area museums are partnering to bring you and your kids virtual content every Monday through Saturday at Noon. You’ll be able to watch on their social media channels. Other museums like COSI, Rock Hall and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched online learning platforms. Read more about those here.
Ohio. Find It Here. brings the excitement of Ohio attractions right to your home. With a collection of VR experiences for nature lovers, thriller seekers and culture lovers, you’ll be able to feel just like you’re ziplining through Hocking Hills to walking around Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. See the list here and choose your next adventure.