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Nature, art, masters of the art of conversation, and lots of appealing animals. Could you ask for any better ways to brighten your Wednesday?  
It’s all designed to make sure you continue to enjoy what you’ve come to value from Smithsonian Associates: programs and experiences that are entertaining, informative, eclectic, and insightful. 

Nature in Place

Make the most of your spring as Liana Vitali of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary offers a guide for birding without leaving your window, from identifying common bird-feeder species to the best birding apps and birdcams, and even how to make birdwatching meditative. Niraj Ray, founder of Cultivate the City, demonstrates how to use food scraps to jumpstart growth and provides other tips for a successful container, patio, or backyard garden. Their May 22 program is among the limited-time free offerings scheduled through June 11 that introduce Smithsonian Associates Streaming, which will be expanded to a slate of online programming inspired by the full range of topics we offer year round. Click here to register.

Click here to view "13 Virtual Train Rides From Around the World That You Can Experience Right Now".  

MAY 2020
French Culture in May

During this time of confinement at home due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to present a selection of online cultural content for experiencing French and Francophone culture virtually.
May 2020 | TV5MONDE | Online Streaming
Immerse yourself in French culture with the TV5MONDE May programming. In addition to premium films,including several heartwarming comedies, discover new series, fun-filled variety shows, and engaging documentaries.
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Phallaina | Free Application on Android and IOS
Phallainais the first scrolling graphic novel, entirely designed for touchscreens. With this innovative narrative, with parallax effects and sound design, dive into Audrey's head and hallucination, and participate in a new reading experience.
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March 1 - July 5 | National Gallery of Art | Online Exhibition
An exuberant display of fecund imagination and keen observation, Edgar Degas’s renowned images of the Paris Opéra are among the most sophisticated and visually compelling works he ever created. Celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Opéra’s founding,Degas at the Opérapresents approximately 100 of the artist’s best-known and beloved works in a range of media, including paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, and sculpture.
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February 29 - May 24 | Phillips Collection | Online Exhibition
Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Traditionpresents works by African American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries together with examples by the early 20th century European artists with whom they engaged. It explores the connections and frictions around modernism in the work of artists such as Robert Colescott, Wassily Kandinsky, Norman Lewis, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, among others.
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May 2 - May 6 | Moliere in the Park | Online
Watch this virtual reading ofThe Misanthropefrom Molière, one of the greatest French satirists.
InLe Misanthrope,cabin fever is setting in! Alceste has decided he must put an end to hypocrisy as a whole and win the heart of Celimene, the most adept gossip of them all.
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Centre National des Arts du Cirque | Online Resources
Nearly 400 artists from 35 different countries have graduated from The Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC), a higher education and research establishment and are now major players on the international contemporary circus scene.Cnac.tvoffers archived videos of performances by contemporary circus artists that span several years.
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Every week - Tuesdays and Fridays | Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel | Live on YouTube |
In this time of crisis, the Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel brings chamber music directly to your living room! With a selection of various composers, such as Louis Vierne and Dmitri Shostakovich, Vladimir Stoupel and Judith Ingolfsson take you to the heart of chamber music.
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The Bureau Export | Online
What The Franceis a recommendation brand created by Le Bureau Export to shine a light on the finest music made in France. On this dedicated website, discover the most exciting new music coming out of the French music scene.
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May 19 - 6:30 pm. | Albertine Book Club | Online
Join the Albertine Book Club for a lively Zoom conversation onLa Peste(The Plague) by Albert Camus, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert.
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Gallica Website | Online Resources
Gallica, the free online library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France holds more that 5 millions documents and is full of treasures, including digital versions of many classics. Here is a list of 150 classics that you can download on your computer, from Molière to to Victor Hugo to Alexandre Dumas and Balzac.
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May 9 - May 31 | European Delegation To The USA | Online
Join the European Union Delegation and all EU Member States as we bring activities from all over Europe across the Atlantic and into your home.On May 9th, the member states of the European Union will be releasing cultural experiences that you can enjoy from home: each will be promoted on@EUintheUSsocial media platforms.
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Podcast The Thing About France | Online
The Thing About Franceis a podcast where cultural figures explore the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and America. In this episode, listen to the American feminist Gloria Steinem discussing the difference between French and American feminism or giving advicesto her 20-year-old self.
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Imagination Exploration, GFOB


Ruins That Rise & Castles That Touch the Sky


There’s just something about castles. They’re magic. Built on clifftops that touch the sky or set in scenic mountain landscapes, castles make us believe that fairytales are real. And the world is filled with them. Some are still grand, showcasing medieval architecture that has stood the test of time. Others have fallen – by war or by time – leaving ruins that invite us to wonder about their once, towering glory.

And, while we can’t currently explore these majestic sites, we can imagine – and dream about – their splendor.



Fallen Castles


Fallen Castles:

Rebuilt from Ruins to Rise & Shine


Working with designers, architects and using CGI, BudgetDirect rebuilt seven European castles – from Croatia to Scotland – to help us picture their beauty and grandeur, once more.




Fallen Castles


Captivating Castles:

Showstopping Structures


These grand, historic fortresses are some of the most beautiful castles across the globe. From France to Germany, and Japan to Morocco, these castles have captivated travelers for centuries.





Virtual Voyages: Two-Minute Trips to Two Fascinating Castles




Windsor Castle




A Royal home and fortress for 900 years, Windsor is the largest, occupied castle in the world and remains a working palace today.



Palace Of Versailles


Palace of Versailles


This former home for French royalty is an architectural fete with a history as grand as its rooms.



Until the day comes when we can resume the joy of being your global guide, keep dreaming. We certainly are.





Nature, art, masters of the art of conversation, and lots of appealing animals. Could you ask for any better ways to brighten your Wednesday?  It’s all designed to make sure you continue to enjoy what you’ve come to value from Smithsonian Associates: programs and experiences that are entertaining, informative, eclectic, and insightful. 

Natural Colors

Smithsonian Libraries is one of the collaborating partners in the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a worldwide consortium of natural history, botanical, research, and national libraries working together to digitize the natural history literature in their collections and make it available for open access. The BHL’s recent Women’s History Month initiative, Her Natural History: A Celebration of Women in Natural History, included the creation of a Flickr collection of nearly 10,000 images that span more than 300 years of botanical and related illustrations. After you’ve sampled these stunning works by women artists, download a coloring book with illustrations from the collection, one of several available. 
Browse the Gallery
Color the Collection

A Conversation with Katie

When Smithsonian Associates conferred the John P. McGovern Medal to journalist, author, producer, and hometown girl Katie Couric (who grew up in Arlington) last November, her conversation with White House correspondent April Ryan at the Forum for Ideas was electric, moving, intimate, and at times hilarious. Want to know what it was like to report the fall of the Twin Towers, how women journalists meet the challenges of sexism in the news business, and what Couric really felt about donning ridiculous Halloween costumes for the “Today” show again, and again, and then again? Take your front-row seat for a replay of this memorable and wide-ranging interview. 
Watch the Program

Zen at the Zoo

Beyond providing some totally adorable moments of calm (we should all be as laid-back as Echo the cheetah and her four brand-new cubs), the #NatZooZen webcam is capturing glimpses of animal life at the National Zoo that provide a few timely models for human viewers. Among the clips on the Zoo's Twitter feed, a small hedgehog-like tenrec demonstrates that he’s a pro at self-care as he enjoys a dust bath, and it’s clear Athena the two-toed sloth is a big fan of healthy eating as she digs into her kale. And though you might not be tempted to whip up a cake with ingredients including sweet potatoes and leafeater biscuits, one was a hit with 2-year-old birthday boy Moke, a western lowland gorilla. 
Enjoy a Moment of #NatZooZen

2020 Google Arts and Culture

The Rijks Stuff

Vermeer, Rembrandt, and other masters of Dutch art are often spotlighted in the offerings of Smithsonian Associates’ World Art History Certificate program. Their works are among the treasures of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which offers a whole gallery of fascinating ways to digitally experience a visit. From close-up examinations of some the collection’s best-known works to 360-degree virtual strolls though the museum, the website is the ticket to a perfect (and socially distanced) excursion for art lovers. 
Tour the Museum

Artists at (Home) Work

Young artists can extend the spirit of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary by creating their own work inspired by Washington Color School painter Alma Thomas’s Earth Sermon—Beauty, Love and Peace. Hirshhorn Kids at Home offers instructions on using household objects as stamps to recreate the repetitive shapes found in painting’s vibrantly colored patterns. The project is one of several based on works in the museum’s collection, and each offers an introduction to the artist behind them as well as plenty of creative fun.


    Online Activities for Seniors: DACL has partnered with Around Town DC to offer a list of online activities you can access from home.

    • Virtual Events: Check out the list of upcoming Around Town DC virtual events.

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A New Take on theNewsletter

We’ve felt fortunate to connect with you every Thursday through our newsletter, and for a long time, this weekly communication has served many well. But because the covid-19 crisis has prompted changes in our operations and programming, we thought it beneficial to alter the number and format of our communications. So starting next week, we’ll be sending out two weekly emails—one on Mondays dedicated to highlighting upcoming events, the other on Thursdays containing book recommendations, suggested gift items, music blogs, and other offerings. We hope this revised approach improves your ability to keep up with all P&P is doing and making available to you.

This Week on P&P Live!

Keith Law with Sean Doolittle

Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

A senior baseball writer for The Athletic, formerly of ESPN Insider,Law follows his history of the evolution of baseball metrics, Smart Baseball, with a look at how decisions—both good and bad—have shaped the sport and how the ongoing data revolution is putting a spin on the received wisdom of the game’s historical gambles. As illuminating as it is entertaining, Law’s discussion combines behavioral science and interviews with baseball executives, managers, and players for a fresh analysis of baseball’s key components, from how a pitcher selects his throw and how a batter decides when to swing, to the thinking behind trading a player or hiring a promising rookie. Law will be in conversation with Sean Doolittle, a pitcher for the Washington Nationals baseball team and an IndieBookstoreDay Ambassador for the American Booksellers Association.



Samantha Irby with Maris Kreizman
in partnership with Girls Night In

Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Edgy, hilarious, and raunchy author Samantha Irby brings us a brilliant new essay collection with Wow, No Thank You, a book that draws on the raw, comical particulars of her new life. From bad "dates" with new friends to hiding past due bills under her pillow, this is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable yet. Irby will be in conversation with Maris Kreizman, writer, critic, and host of The Maris Review, a literary podcast from LitHub.



David Allen Sibley

Sunday, April 26 at 5 p.m.

A birder since childhood, Sibley is an ornithologist and the award-winning author and illustrator of perhaps the most comprehensive avian field guide available, The Sibley Guide to Birds. His new book, geared for novice and younger birders as well as more experienced naturalists, is a beautiful large-format volume that focuses on more than 200 species, ranging from familiar backyard visitors like blue jays, nuthatches, and chickadees, to seashore favorites such as the Atlantic puffin. In each entry Sibley answers frequently asked questions, presents details about behavior that have not previously been gathered in one place, and provides precise, colorful drawings—some reproduced in life size—of birds in action.



Iris Krasnow

Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

Like millions of others, Krasnow went to summer camp as a child and has found, as an adult, that the people she met and the lessons she learned there have made a lasting impression on her life. The author of bestsellers including I Am My Mother's Daughter and The Secret Lives of Wives and a teacher at American University, Krasnow is still active in the Wisconsin camp she first attended as an eight-year- old. Her warm and evocative memoir of Camp Agawak interweaves stories of her early friendships, pranks, canoe trips, and other adventures with her adult role as a counselor and editor of the camp’s magazine, Agalog.



Shop Small & Shop Indie

The Business of Bookselling

Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

Join award-winning business writer David Sax as he sits down with Bradley Graham, co-ownerof Politics and Prose Bookstore, for a discussion on the struggles of small business and entrepreneurship, especially in trying times such as these. The Soul of an Entrepreneur is a business book of a different kind, exploring our work but also our passions and hopes. Sax reports on the deeply personal questions of entrepreneurship: why an immigrant family risks everything to build a bakery; how a small farmer fights to manage his debt; and what it feels like to rise and fall with a business you built for yourself.



On Saturday, April 25 2020, DC retailers and other small businesses affected by COVID-19 closures are coming together to encourage you to #shopsmall in the District of Columbia. As business owners, our success relies on support from local shoppers. Over the past few weeks, the escalating toll of coronavirus shuttered our storefronts and rapidly redefined our operations. As we’ve quickly pivoted to focus on online sales, we’ve remained encouraged by Washingtonians’ support.



Whether or not you've tuned in for a virtual event yet, please take a moment to provide feedback on our P&P Live!series. Our team is working hard to bringour signature author talks online, and your input willhelp us continue to improve our offerings. If you complete the survey, you'll also beentered to win a free Independent Bookstore Day tote, which will be shipped to the winner in May.



Want to help support Politics and Prose? is offering a special audiobook deal for #VirtualBookstoreParty! When you join as a member with the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW, 100% of your payment will go to us—and you'll unlock a 2-for-1 audiobook deal. This offer ends on 4/25, so head to to shop now.



Tolkien: War and Faërie (2055)

With Verlyn Flieger

Join Tolkien scholar Verlyn Flieger in Tolkien’s invented Middle-earth as fairy tale meets war novel in The Two Towers, Volume 2 of The Lord of the Rings. Three Sundays: May 3, 17, 24, from noon to 2 p.m.


Jenny Offill’s Weather(2059)

With Helen Hooper

Let’s get into Jenny Offill’s Weather, the latest acerbic, pithy novel from the modern master of comic soulfulness. The award-winner author of Department of Speculation is back to wrangle family and climate crises in what the New York Times calls “sly, burnished fragments.” Reading Offill is like hanging out with your sharpest, quirkiest friend. Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Exploration of Bardo in George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo (2065)

With Jerry Webster

In his 2017 Booker Award winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, author George Saunders incorporates many features of Buddhist teachings throughout the narrative. Our class will involve a lively examination of his incorporation of the bardo teachings in this novel as well as cover a variety of other aspects of this literary work. Two Mondays: May 4 and 11 from 6:30 8:30 p.m.


From the Children and Teens Department

J Albert Mann with Mary Quattlebaum

Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

Life is grim and regimented at the Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded. One of many of its kind in 1928, the institution is designed to keep women and girls with disabilities out of the public eye. As they march between dull and demeaning tasks, Maxine, Rose, Alice, and London see that the system is intent on grinding them down. All four of them want something better—to escape, to love, to be acknowledged as human—but for girls society has deemed unfit and unproductive, every risk can have deadly consequences. This powerful and well-researched novel, based on an infrequently discussed part of American history, is an empowering exploration of the centuries-long battle against intertwined sexism and ableism.Mann will be in conversation with Mary Quattlebaum, children's author and Washington Post reviewer.


Story Time with Christopher Eliopoulos

Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m.

It’s sleepover night, and two best friends have a lot on their to-do list. They can’t wait to stay up all night to accomplish it all. But everywhere they turn, the dastardly Yawns threaten to overtake them. Those Yawns might even bring Dozes, Snores, and Sleepies! Will two pajama-clad heroes be able to outrun them? This witty, adorable picture book succinctly captures the magic of best-friendship and childhood sleepovers. Ages 4-8.


Celebrating Poetry Month

Lee Bennett Hopkins

I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage
(Lee & Low, $19.95)

Margarita Engle and Beatrice Guitierrez Hernandez

Dreams From Many Rivers
(Henry Holt, $18.99)

Marilyn Singer and Marjorie Priceman

Follow the Recipe: Poems About Imagination, Celebration, and Cake
(Dial Books, $16.99)



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PostClassical Ensemble in Challenging Times:
A New Initiative

At a moment when America’s performing arts institutions are challenged not merely to continue to function, but to function in new ways, PCE will undertake a series of audio/video webcasts – “PostClassical” -- exploring the role of music in society.

This initiative comes easily to us, as our programming typically has focused on music as an instrument for mutual understanding and human betterment.

In fact, our library of two-hour WWFM webcasts,inimitably hosted by Bill McGlaughlin, is our starting point in this new venture, in which we are partnered by the film-maker Behrouz Jamali and the enterprising journal of politics, government, and culture The American Interest.

Our two most recent projects, before the virus changed everything, were An Armenian Odyssey,at the Washington National Cathedral, and Furtwangler in Wartime, via WWFM. The former explored the power of music to forge inspirational cultural synergies. The latter explored the power of music to “bear witness” during World War II.

We begin our new “PostClassical” webcasts today Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual, in which we are joined by PCE Resident Artist Kevin Deas.

Future programs in this series will include Shostakovich and the State, Arthur Farwell and the “Indianists,” The Russian Gershwin, and Dvorak and America. The topics at hand are “What is the role of culture in a nation’s life?” and “Who is an American?”

The National Theatre of London’s pre-recorded performances can be accessed by clicking on the YouTube button and it’s free. There’s a different play each week and this week is Jane Eyre.

National Theatre at Home: composite poster with several images from NT Live productions, including Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, and more.

Click here for more information 

Frank Lloyd Wright buildings are now hosting virtual tours!

Fallingwater House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Click here to take a virtual tour 

The Social Distancing Festival 

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The Rover  (Reframe)

April 18th at 2:30 p.m. EDT
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Join us Saturday afternoon for a
reading of Aphra Behn’s The Rover
Adapted and directed by Professor Maya E. Roth

Do You Know...
CAG has an archive of over 70 interviews with Georgetown residents who took part in the Oral History program to share their personal recollections of life in Georgetown in both recent times and decades past. This rich historical resource can be read from the comfort of your couch or porch any time of day or night. Touching, lively and humorous insights from a wide variety of personalities skillfully interviewed by CAG volunteers, this is truly a treasure trove for history buffs, gossip hounds and those by now thoroughly bored by Netflix and cable news offerings. Take a look, you'll be drawn into binge reading them!

Thank you to ourOral History Programchair,Cathy Farrell,and the wonderful volunteers for their important work in preserving Georgetown's authentic "Living History" in this most unique medium.

For this first online edition, we would like to SPOTLIGHT Mr. William (Billy) Martin, Jr. - Fourth generation owner of Martin's Tavern!

"My father would say that my brother is very book smart, where I was very streetwise, which is very true."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Interviewed on his birthday by Joyce Lowenstein,Billy Martin shared stories on how Martin’s Tavern was founded and has thrived throughout its almost eighty years of existence. The Tavern was founded by Martin’s great-grandfather who traveled to the United States from Ireland in the late 1890s.
He purchased the property on the corner of Wisconsin and N Street in 1933 and transformed the building from a Greek delicatessen into the Tavern – it looks almost identical today as it did when it officially opened its doors in 1934. Martin’s Tavern has operated within the Martin family for four generations. Read the candid interview with the fourth Billy Martin to learn the stories of spies, famous proposals (namely JFK and Jackie), and how every American president from Truman to George W. Bush has eaten in one of the booths (the Martin children wrote a letter to Mr. Obama inviting him to dine to keep the tradition alive). A true gem, Martin’s Tavern, and the family that owns it, represents the history and neighborhood-friendly ways of Georgetown.

Stay home. Stay safe. And stay tuned for our next online edition of the CAG Oral History Program SPOTLIGHT!

DMV residents are hunkered down and self-isolating, trying to stay healthy, productive, and yes, to maintain anxiety levels.  Yo-Yo Ma is sharing videos of short performances and is encouraging other musicians around the world to do the same. Appropriately enough, he’s calling this whole initiative “Songs of Comfort.”

Dvořák – "Going Home”

And Yo-Yo isn't the only one!

Check out some of these artists below who are bringing the world their own #Songs of Comfort.


Brooklyn Rider plays Closing from String Quartet No.3 "Mishima"

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The Young Concert Artists' roster is creating a whole series of #Songs of Comfort!


Mozart- Duo No. 1 in G Major, K 423
Randall Goosby and Natalie Loughran

And one last video that's both comforting AND helpful!


Hands... Washing Hands...
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The Department of Aging and Community Living  (DACL) is committed to ensuring seniors live and thrive in the communities they know and love. This commitment includes ensuring the health and wellness of our older residents. To minimize exposure to COVID-19, we’ve partnered with Around Town DC to provide you with a list of online activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! If you need further support, please give DACL a call at (202) 724-5626. For other needs, email or call (202) 895-9448.

Click here to view upcoming virtual Around Town DC events!

See other events and resources below.



Exercising your mind is as important as exercising your body.

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COVID-19  "SINGING AROUND THE WORLD"                           

Enjoy these videos of balcony entertainment from around the world






United States 

New York


PERFORMING ARTS                                                                 

Couch Concerts by Millennium Stage: 
Introducing our NEW series of live performances streamed to you! Click here

Andrea Bocelli
Italian music icon Andrea Bocelli performed a special concert on Easter Sunday from an empty Duomo cathedral in Milan, Italy. Click here 

Kennedy Center Digital: 
(comprehensive FREE programming of Kennedy Center performances and events. Including Opera, Ballet, Theater, HipHop, NSO, WNO, Jazz, Comedy, Millennium Stage)  Click Here  

(WXQR, New York’s Classical music station has live streaming all day) Click Here

Broadway HD: 
(all the Broadway shows you want to see (must see, musicals, classics, drama, Shakespeare). Subscriptions start at $8.99 a month).Click Here  

Medici TV:
(monthly subscriptions start at $8.95. Concerts, Ballets, Documentaries, Master Classes. and extensive Classical Music concerts)   Click Here  

(15 Broadway plays and musicals)  Click Here

Politics and Prose Live:
(live programming for their events)  Click Here

Live Virtual Concerts:
(NPR has a listing of live virtual concerts during this time) Click Here

Social Distancing Festival:
(a list of live streams from around the world, in calendar order) Click Here

VISUAL ARTS                                                                           

Google Arts and Culture:

(collections from around the world, 2500 (last count), for the culturally curious) Click Here  

Virtual Museum Tours: 
(12 famous museums offer virtual tours)  Click Here  

MCN Advancing Digital Transformation in Museums:
(the ultimate guide to virtual Museum Resources, e-learning and online collections) Click Here

ONLINE NATURE TOURS                                                         

Dumbarton Oaks 
Dumbarton Oaks is dedicated to making its research and scholarship accessible to everyone, which is why many of our collections are available online. We invite you to explore our rich selection of digital material. For even more content click here.   

Experience the Beauty of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden from Your Home.  The Garden Virtual Tour transports you to the East Lawn under a blanket of snow, the North Vista with fall foliage, or Cherry Hill carpeted with white petals, all without leaving home! Historic photographs and design plans show how the Garden has changed over time.  Garden Virtual Tour

Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants features beautiful watercolors of Amazonian flora by the artist, explorer, and environmentalist Margaret Mee, in conversation with works by women botanical artists and illustrators from the seventeenth century to the present.

Learn About the Materials, Uses, and Contexts of Remarkable Byzantine and Islamic Textiles in Our Collection
Textiles in the Byzantine Collection

Virtual National Parks Tours
(This article contains links to  various National Parks)   Click Here

Cincinnati Zoo:
(offering digital safaris) Click Here

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES                                                   


(free movie and documentary streaming with a DC library card—six movies a month)  Click Here  

Avalon Theatre:
Click here To view films. (The cost to view films is $10 per film) 

($8.99 per month. One membership can be shared with up to six other people) Click Here  

Netflix Party lets friends do movie nights in quarantine:
(read USA article describing this) Click Here

Prime Video: 
(free with an Amazon membership)  Click Here

(membership starts at $5.99 per month)  Click Here

Smithsonian Channel:
(vast library of original series and documentaries at $4.99 per month)  Click Here   

YOU TUBE                                                                                 

You Tube: 

(A video platform. You don’t need to purchase a subscription to view numerous videos for free, but I find that if you sign up and not subscribe, there are less ads. You search on the main page for various videos such as TedTalks, National Geographic documentaries, music concerts).Click Here   


Digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series. Categories include News, Comedy, Sports, History, True Crime, Society and Culture.

You need to download an app to listen:

Apple Podcast   Stitcher for Android

Free Ivy League Courses: 
(free online courses from Brown, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth etc) Click Here   

Open Culture:
(free cultural and educational media)  Click Here  

Smithsonian Distance Learning:
(from the Natural History Museum - materials for adults and for children - both upcoming and archived topics) Click Here

Free Downloads from the New York Public Library:
(You can now download over 300,000 books from the NYPL for free - current limit is 3) Click Here

Online Fitness Classes with GiveFit:

GiveFit is making all online workout programs 100% FREE for the foreseeable future. Includes: Seated Core & Cardio; Otago Balance Improvement; Seated Lower Body & Cardio; Introductory Chair Fitness) Click Here