Last updated 27 March 2020

How to explore the outside world while you are physically distancing or self-isolating

We all must do our part to assist in stopping the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  One way we can do this is through physical distancing, or self-isolating.

So, what can we do when we can’t get out into the world?

The State Library of Queensland is temporarily closed to the public, but their online services will remain unchanged. They encourage you to continue to visit them online to access thousands of free eresources – ebooks, newspapers, journals, films and other resources from home using your Library card. If you are not already a member, it’s easy to sign up online and access is immediate.

You can learn a new skill with and explore State Library’s fascinating exhibitions, digital stories and resources to research your family history.

State Library’s reference librarians will continue to provide their Ask Us service, staff can help answer your questions and offer research assistance. 

Take a virtual tour of museums and art galleries with Google Arts & Cultural.

You can enjoy virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the famous museums around the world with over 2500 museums and galleries accessible online.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea is showing meet the curators chats on YouTube.

Rijksmuseum is home to Dutch masters: Vermeer’s Milkmaid, Van Gogh’s Self-portrait and Rembrandt’s most well-known painting: the Night Watch.

Fancy a trip to the zoo?  If you are feeling like you could use a top up of the warm and fuzzies you can now live stream into Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo.

While Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is temporarily closed, you can watch the animals on their webcams. 

Do you miss going to events?

Stay at Home Fest harnesses the power of the internet for good, by creating a central hub to find all the fantastic decentralized events that are happening online, and aiding music discovery during the global pandemic.

View the calendar here: – note North American time zones may apply.

Social Distancing Festival is drawing live streaming performances together in one place.

If you’re a classical music fan, there is a list here from ClassicFM in the UK of concerts that are being livestreamed, or that have been made available online.

Queensland Performing Arts Centre has posted a list of performances available online, including opera and ballet, music, and theatre.

Tour the famous gardens of the world

If gardens are your thing, you can find a list of YouTube virtual tours of gardens of the world here on House Beautiful and some more here on Gardens Illustrated.

Check back on this site regularly for updates including exercise-at-home options and online communities.


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