With the lockdown isolation of COVID-19 creeping in why not explore some of the many wonders that the internet has to offer. Here’s a curated list of interesting things to see and places to visit online. Feel free to copy to your blog or share.
- Museums from around the world – Virtual, online tours
- Access to 500 Museums & Art Galleries – Free, online
- Future Learn – Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
- Virtual Tours – Virtual online tours – including zoos, landmarks in foreign countries, etc.
- Aquarium – Georgia aquarium allowing you to tour under the sea
- Virtual farm trips – American dairy association
- Virtual field trips – Created for children, but they look great for adults too!
- Edinburgh Zoo – Live streams: Panda Cam / Tiger Cam / Penguin Cam / Rock Hopper Penguin Cam / Koala Cam
- Open Culture – 1,500 free courses from top Universities
- Open Culture – learn 48 different languages online – FREE
- University of Alabama – Free online archaeology and Egyptology Uni courses (create an account to log on)
- Open Learn – Free, online courses, Open university
- BBC languages – Learn languages online free
- FrenchTeacher.Net – Free French study packs
- Sociology courses – Free online study
- Creative courses – Free online study
- Cambridge University Press – ALL 700 textbooks are currently available FREE in HTML format
- Cambridge university – Higher education/Undergraduate courses and resources
- Royal institute – Christmas lectures. A series of lectures presenting scientific subjects to a general audience in an entertaining manner.
- Periodic videos – Science-related YouTube videos
- Infobase databases and video streaming collections
- iDEA – An international programme that helps you develop/demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free
- U3A – Online courses for mature students
- Blocky games – Games to help beginners learn computer programming skills
- Scratch – Beginners computer programming games/projects
- T.K.S.S.T – Smart videos for curious minds of all ages
Geography and nature
- Tutorful – Top Geography websites, YouTube videos, and resources
- Project Noah – Global site where you can view and share wildlife
- Seterra – Free world geography, online quizzes
- Online film festival – Resistance in the Rainforest
- Kent Wildlife association – Simple ideas you can do in the garden to help wildlife
- World games – Geography games
*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed concerts to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator
- Concerts online – Various concerts held without audiences to stream online for people having to stay at home – list of live streaming concerts
- Free Opera – Dates confirmed until the end of March. Check the website via the link for future dates to be added
- Free classical orchestras – Live streaming performances
- Free Chamber music – Live streaming
- Berlin Philharmonic orchestra – Live streams and performance archive
- Announcements/lists – of worldwide performances being streamed
- Livestream concerts list – artists and bands
- Bands and artists – streaming performances
- Full-length concerts – watch online free
- Celebrities performing on social media
- Facebook Virtual Choir – Duet with a choir online
- Chris Martin (Coldplay) streaming from his home – YouTube
Arts and culture
- J P Brewer – View classic paintings online
- Walter’s Museum – houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions
- Google Arts and culture – Learn something new every day!
- British Museum – Free videos
- BBC Radio 4 – The History of the world – podcasts
- 50 things that made modern economy – Podcasts
- Marquee TV – streaming arts and culture
- Teaching history – 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your students’ interest in history
- Exploration of the day – Artistic website connecting people from around the world
- Drama Online – Online theatrical performances
- Gutenburg – Download free books, e.g. Shakespear, Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, etc.
- Solomon Kingsnorth – Books in PDF, Word and audiobook format – Alice in Wonderland / Wind in the Willows / The Railway Children / The Jungle Book / Peter Pan / Black Beauty
- Read great literature online – Free Ebooks, poetry, classic literature
- Read Free Literature – also includes study guides
- 50,000 free ebooks – arranged by genre
- Open Library Access – Free
- Audible – Free for this period – Available in 6 languages
Miscellaneous & entertainment
- Expeditions App– Free virtual Reality Augmentation app for all ages, to take virtual trips around the world to hundreds of destinations.
- Podcasts – Free to download
- Board Game arena – Play board games online free
- Open culture – 1,150 Free movies to watch online
- Dance Physique – free dance fitness videos online
- Jamie Oliver – helps the nation with easy recipes, cooking tips, and ingenious hacks whilst many of us are staying at home. Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On starts Monday at 5:30pm on Channel 4
- DIY and crafts – 25 foods you can re-grow at home from food scraps
- UK parliament – Politics, history, citizenship, etc. Written for children and young people, but lots of very interesting information, including how laws are made.
- Historical association – Learn about 20th Century history
- National Trust sites – Free access to their sites – please check their website first for updates
- James Dyson foundation – Challenge cards – how many can you complete?
- Latest free stuff – UK site (if you are outside of the UK, google ‘latest free stuff’ and add your location)
- Roll20 – Build your own game – or play games with others online
- How to reduce high anxiety now: Thinking about past pleasant memories may help some people with immediate stress (article)