Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, Las Vegas was one of the entertainment capitals of the world. Today, everyone is sheltered at home to be safe from the devastating disease. So I am curating fun things to do online, FREE.
Today we visit art museums.
Kimble Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas
A little history: I got divorced in 1980 in Dallas. The judge denied me child support, saying, “You have a Yale degree. You can make your own money.” So I was poor at first. I devised a fun thing to do with my son that cost almost nothing.
I always loved the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth because Louis I. Kahn designed the building. He also designed the Yale Center for British Art, so I felt a kinship.
Here was the game: I bought a book about the art in the museum. I picked out four photos of paintings. Then I loaded my son into the car and we spent an hour driving to Fort Worth. His job: to find the paintings in the museum that were in the book. We loved our excursion.
The Kimball website has a section called “The Kimbell from Home.” You can zoom in to take a closer look at the paintings and read about conservation discoveries.
But the best part is to listen to expert talks on a range of subjects. There are 100 past lectures archived. I love going on guiding tours because really, I have no idea what I’m looking at. But you learn all when you tour. So these talks excite me!
There are children’s lectures too.
Hastings Contemporary in East Sussex, England
Hastings Contemporary is an art museum in East Sussex, England. (You know the Sussexes: Meghan and Harry.) Forgot videos of humans talking! You can see the art at this museum with a robot-guided tour.
A mobile, wi-fi enabled robot glides through the galleries, sending a video stream to you right here in Las Vegas.
The international pandemic has made the robot tours so popular you now have to book one. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louvre in Paris, France
Is this not the greatest museum on the planet? That is not a question!
Yes, I have joined the mobs to view the Mona Lisa, similar to the mobs at the Sistine Chapel. And her eyes really follow you where ever you go. But I digress.
It turns out 2020 is the 500-year anniversary of Leonard di Vinci‘s death. So before the corona virus appeared, the museum created a virtual reality presentation of the Mona Lisa.
You can download the app from your app store. It’s FREE.
Be safe and healthy during this house arrest, La Vegas!
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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