Visit "The Office"
Virtual Dunder Mifflin
Ever wish you could sit across the desk from Michael Scott? See the party planning committee’s hub, aka the conference room? Relive the greatest love story of our time (whether you think that’s “Pam” and “Jim” or “Dwight” and “Michael’s” bromance…)? Revisit the scene of oh-so-many crimes, faux pas and more at virtual Dunder Mifflin, recreated in computer animated detail based on the timeless show “The Office.” The theme song is already ringing through our brains as we write this…. duh duh, duh duh duh duh duh…. ok, signing off, Netflix binge here we come.
Buckle in to Climb a Mountain
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Valley, California, USA
Part storytelling, part stunning 360 views of Yosemite and its iconic El Capitan formation, climb your way virtually to dizzying heights with this interactive — and literally breathtaking — climb alongside renowned rock climbers. A virtual tracker shows your progress up the mountain with imagery from dawn till dusk along the way. Even from a computer screen, “leaning” over the virtual edge brings on a very real case of the willies!
Get Your Intergalactic Sightseeing On with NASA
"NASA's Exoplanet Travel Bureau" Imagined Planets Tour
A can’t-miss online experience for any space fan! Satisfy your intergalactic wanderlust with this irresistible take on a travel bureau of yesteryear. Planet hop outside our solar system with destinations NASA dreamed up based on the limited data available, with 360 views and pop-up details from the surface of each. Two enthusiastic thumbs up for an engaging, colorful, interactive experience. And like any good trip, there are even souvenirs – vintage style travel posters and coloring pages for the kids.
Don’t Miss the Best Collection of Bad on the Internet
Museum of Bad Art (MOBA)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The museum where bad is always a good idea and each picture is worth a thousand smiles (and an occasional guffaw). Self-proclaimed “Art Too Bad to Be Ignored”– and that’s the last thing we want to do! A founder’s favorite over here at New Day Culture, we love a pun (you may have noticed), and they had us at “Poor Traits.” Make sure to sample the solid-gold audio reviews.
Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of the Coronavirus
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Tampa, Florida, USA
In times of crisis and challenge, look to the artists to make sense of chaos. The USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, Florida has built their first-ever digital exhibition to invite artists to weigh in on the ongoing state of emergency by stating their bold outlooks, insights, and experiences relating to a “new normal” that is reshaping life as we know it.
Hit the Streets - in the Name of Art!
Street Art - Google Art Project
Hit the streets around the globe – use the interactive map to nav to a specific part of the world, or simply click on a neighborhood, genre or artwork that strikes you to learn more. Several guided tours with commentary give you a tour guide experience. Don’t miss the “Street Art Made for the Web” section to see murals come to life!
Have an Existential Crisis in a Video Game Art World
The Online Museum of Multiplayer Art
The only online museum dedicated to multiplayer art (we think it’s safe to say). Ok…how to explain… If video games and art and computer age and existentialism had a baby… One of the previews sums things up better than we ever could: “Spend some time with a depressed, laconic Luigi as he chain smokes and wanders through a crumbling Mushroom Kingdom, ruminating on ontology, ethics, family, identity, and the mistakes he and his brother have made.”
Who doesn’t want to see that reboot?!
Make Like a Secret Agent and Spy Some Fun
The International Spy Museum
Washington D.C., USA
A little international espionage can always do a body good… well, not always, as some of these exhibits will attest… So maybe social distance is a good way to check out these SPY collection highlights – from the cutest little drone we ever did see, the Insectothopter, to some thoroughly unmentionables (parents, you’ll want to chaperone). Then make your way to the Fun Stuff to do at Home area for some positively spytastic ideas and free downloads (https://www.spymuseum.org/education-programs/educators/lesson-plans-activities/).
Feast Your Eyes on the Burnt Food Museum
Celebrating the Art of the Culinary Disaster
The museum you never knew you needed. Grab your lunch-hour rations [maybe put a little burn on to get in the mood?] and join the hilarity. We submit to you an excerpt –
Before & After: Whole Wheat:
The muse of the culinarily overzealous, food suffers silently throughout the most rigorous ministrations. This exhibit dramatically illustrates the extent to which food must suffer for our art.
Remember "It's a Small World After All"
Disneyland's Iconic Boat Ride
Anaheim, California, USA
Feel transported to the Happiest Place on Earth – like, in the boat transported… Swipe/tilt/mouse to look around. That song though!
Look in on Love Lost (+ Add Your Own Artifact)
Museum of Broken Relationships
“Museum of Broken Relationships is a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions. It is a museum about you, about us, about the ways we love and lose.
At its core, the Museum is an ever-growing collection of items, each a memento of a relationship past, accompanied by a personal, yet anonymous story of its contributor. Unlike ‘destructive’ self-help instructions for recovery from grief and loss, the Museum offers the chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creativity – by contributing to its universal collection.”
See Inside an 18th Century Doll House
Nostell Dolls' House
West Yorkshire, England
“A grand mansion in perfect miniature.” See inside this tiny treasure, one of the rare surviving doll houses from the 18th century. It’s been lovingly restored and still sits within its original family home.
Explore a Fantastical Forest - You Be the Guide!
Way to Go from the National Film Board of Canada
“Way to Go is an interactive experience for human beings between 5 and 105 years old. Maybe it lasts six minutes; maybe it lasts forever.”
Don’t miss this gem of what the virtual world can be. Part video game, part multimedia sensory exploration, you are the guide. Sit, jump or fly your way to surprise digital delights as the forest reacts to your presence. Note: Safari browsers can’t take this adventure… try Chrome or other.
Have a Rapunzel Moment with Floating Lanterns
Yi Peng Sky Lantern Festival
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Celebrated by thousands who flock to Mae Jo, Thailand each year, the famous Yi Peng Festival is a tradition passed down from the ancient Lanna kingdom. This quick looks puts you at the center of the mass floating lantern release with accompanying pop-up trivia from National Geographic.
Raid the Getty's Library (Free Art Books)!
The Getty Research Institute
Los Angeles, , California, USA
“Check out” this virtual library of reference and art books uploaded online entirely for free, courtesy of the Getty Center! With more than 300 books available as PDFs or online formats, leaf through museum-caliber publications spanning photography, painting, history and much more; the tricky part will be finding the time to read all you can!
Tour Every Place Referenced in The Beatles’ Lyrics: 12 minutes, 25,000 miles
Ah…the wonders and blunders of the Internet. The former is on full display here in this frenetically paced 12-minute tour of every location ever represented across The Beatles entire discography. There are plenty of surprising nuggets along the way. Did you know John Lennon grew up only blocks from the Strawberry Fields?
Van Gogh + Video Games
Getty's Animal Crossing Art Generator
OMG my Animal Crossing character can wear a Van Gogh print shirt, and my mind just blew up! In one of the most refreshingly “now” museum-private campaigns we’ve seen in a long, long time, this is what happens when museum meets video game. What will you dream up? A Monet print rug, sure! Hang a gallery based on real masterpieces, sure! Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing not included (sorry), but once you have those, it’s easy peasy to get your Animal Xing Art on! Read on at the Getty’s happymaking hub for a list of other participating institutions.
New York Street Art
9 Amazing Murals
New York City, New York, USA
On the streets of New York, art is a living, breathing, evolving thing that greets you at every turn. If you haven’t been to the Big Apple in awhile, or have yet to arrive, this google street view tour takes you straight into the energy of the city to see some of its most striking murals from Kobra and Banksy to Keith Haring.
Map the Stars in Your Sky
Stellarium Web Geolocation Star Map
Take a tip from Van Gogh, and stage your own Starry Night. This online planetarium provides an instant passport to the night sky (minus the sticky old auditorium seats). Launch this realistic star map — which is geo-targeted to your specific location — and take in the breathtaking display, just like you’d see by stepping outside on a clear night.
Share Sangria and Secrets with Drag Queens
Sangria and Secrets
An Airbnb experience (charge applies): “This is so much more than a live cocktail class. Fabulous Drag Queens will teach you how to make the most authentic, fresh and delicious Portuguese sangria, all from scratch, step by step! We will not only share this traditional secret recipe, but we’ll also be serving up our unique live performances! It’ll be a cabaret-style digital cocktail class you’ll never forget. Get ready for fireworks, smoke effects, lights and AMAZING costumes that we created, especially for you!”
Dance with Donuts
The Dilla Dimension,
“The Dilla Dimension is an interactive short film that tells the story of two sugarcoated souls and their psychedelic journey through outer space. Each step of their voyage is crafted to a selection of tracks from J Dilla’s classic album, Donuts.”
Party in the Streets with Carnival Performers
Rio Carnival 2019 The Samba Schools Parade (Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Street party to the max…music, dancing, color, MASSIVE floats! Enough energy to replace your morning dose of coffee. Harking back to 1723, the annual fete is the biggest carnival in the world, attracting 2 million people per day.
Revisit Your Inner Teen Angst
Museum of Youth Culture
Snapshots into life as a British teen, from post-war to present times… some curated, some crowdsourced, the amazing and the awkward of youth is on display for all to see. Part “Boyhood,” part mom and dad’s old yearbooks, check out the Public Submissions category, an ode to growing up around the world. If you’ve ever felt left out of the Time of the Selfie, your chance has come to submit your teen photos here!
Christian Dior: The New Look
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, New York, USA
Take “dress to impress” to a whole new breathtaking level with this virtual walkthrough of “Christian Dior: The New Look,” the Met exhibit that honors Dior’s titular innovation in women’s fashion. This celebration of ultra-femininity and opulence is fascinating, fun and—in a word—fabulous.
Photo credit: “Chérie”, Christian Dior for Dior spring/summer 1947 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Take a Train through the Swiss Alps
Travel the Bernina Pass from Switzerland to Italy
Journey through the spectacular Alps – from your couch! The 2-hour long virtual train ride brings on all the relax vibes as you pass from the alpine paradise of St. Moritz, Switzerland to the balmy Mediterranean coast of Tirano, Italy.
Customize the Storied Carnegie Mansion
Download, remix, reuse, 3D print
New York City,, New York, USA
The historic Carnegie Mansion-turned-museum now houses the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. It’s the only design-devoted museum in America, and a heady source of eye candy. Have some fun at home with the virtual fly-through tour – with 64 rooms, wonder how many bathrooms you’ll see? – or download a free 3D version to remix/reuse/3D print (design software required).
Clink Glasses at Oktoberfest
Did you know that Oktoberfest is 200+ years old, only features beers brewed in Germany, and that last year more than 1.9 million gallons of beer were consumed? Drop in on the revelry and see what makes Oktoberfest one of the most sought after bucket (or ‘stein’) list items out there.
Follow a Plague Doctor through Prague
Prague, Czech Republic
An Airbnb experience (charge applies): “Step back into time and virtually experience the empty streets of Prague during the Black Death and plagues of the 17th and 18th centuries. Through video, you’ll follow the footsteps of Dr. Alexander Schamsky, an unknown Czech hero who fought the plague in 1713. From the “personal protective equipment” of the time to the deserted landmarks of the city, you’ll immerse yourself in the forgotten history of the pneumonic and bubonic plagues. Without leaving where you are, one of our Plague Doctors will take you on the journey to visit the famous Charles Bridge, walk around the Old Town Square, and go into the Jewish Quarter, discovering hidden gems in the dark streets.”