Free Virtual Tours & Entertainment

This page was last updated on June 25, 2020.

Take free online tours of museums, watch an opera, or visit the world's most beautiful libraries. If you'd like to suggest a virtual attraction to add to the list, please email us at info@exploremoreillinois.org.

Architecture and Libraries

Film and Television

  • Austin City Limits, the PBS series featuring live music from today's most celebrated artists, has made its last three seasons available for streaming. Watch Billie Eilish, Willie Nelson, Khalid, and Buddy Guy. Search for your favorites or discover new acts.
  • Watch the film Just Mercy, based on the book by Bryan Stephenson. It tells the story of Stephenson's attempt to overturn a black man's murder conviction, all which hinged on flimsy evidence. It also educates the viewer on the systemic racism of the justice system. Choose the rent option, and the price will be $0.00 at checkout.
  • Ken Burns' Baseball, the Ken Burns PBS nine-part series on America's pastime, is available for streaming.

Museums

Performing Arts

  • Alvin Ailey Dance Company All Access allows users to watch performances, learn more about the troupe's dancers, and take online dance classes.
  • Free Streaming Opera lists more than 30 worldwide opera companies streaming free performances.
  • The Metropolitan Opera will live stream an opera each evening at 6:30 pm central time. The recording will stay on their homepage for 20 hours.
  • Lincoln Center Theater will stream past musical productions. A new musical is available each Friday.
  • Minnesota Public Library curated online classical music performances by world-renowned orchestras that can be streamed at home.
  • National Theatre at Home will air a play on YouTube each Thursday. The play will be available to stream for one week. . The current lineup includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, Les Blancs, The Deep Blue Sea, and Amadeus.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has opened up its archive of induction class concerts. It has also created playlists for you to listen to while you work from home.
  • The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel will air one musical every Friday. It will remain up for 48 hours.
  • The Stratford Festival will post a film version of a Shakespeare play every Thursday. Each film will be available for three weeks and includes education materials.

Plants and Animals

Visual Arts

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