I’m beginning to miss being a tourist. So I thought I’d try some of the virtual local attractions on offer – makes a change from yet another Netflix box set. Here are my top seven!
Virtual local attractions to Tysoe – Top 7!
Compton Verney Art Gallery
Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park (Banbury/Warwick) was due to be showcasing two brand new exhibitions: ‘Cranach: Artist and Innovator’ and ‘Fabric: Touch and Identity’. They’ve moved both online, allowing you to explore the exhibits with detailed photography and narrated information by the artists.
Ashmolean From Home
Oxford’s Ashmolean has launched ‘Ashmolean From Home’. The museum was set to be staging the highly anticipated ‘Young Rembrandt’. Now you can watch the curator’s introduction and explore some of the artist’s most iconic works. They are also encouraging you to submit your own #isolationcreations via social media.
Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust (Stratford upon Avon) is one of my favourite tourist haunts. During lockdown, they’ve launched a lecture series entitled What Was Shakespeare Really Like? Plus there are a set of shorts featuring famous faces and you can even download a virtual souvenir – your own Zoom background!
Blenheim Palace (Woodstock) has launched #BlenheimPalace #StayConnected offers you the chance to take 360 degree tours of their most magnificent rooms. And for an even more immersive experience you can use a VR headset such a Google Cardboard. This is probably my fav!
Pitt Rivers Museum
Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford) from Home has a virtual reality tour that allows you to physically walk through its galleries looking at each individual artefact – like a Google Maps for the museum. You might need all of the lockdown period to get through everything in the museum. It looks pretty cool on a giant smart screen TV.
Oxford Botanic Garden
Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum has new stories showcasing different parts of the garden and uncovering unusual plant-based mysteries – such as how do pitcher plants evolve? Its social media accounts are also showing us what we are missing each day in the gardens.
History of Science Museum
History of Science Museum, Oxford also has a 360-degree virtual tour that allows you to explore three floors in a single click and satisfy your curiosity by zooming in on individual objects. Plus you don’t have to worry about closing time – it’s open 24 hours a day.
Are there any I’ve missed? Leave a link in the comments below. Have you seen my guide to best lockdown takeaways to Tysoe?