Thursday, July 02, 2020

Submarine Streetview

During lock-down I've been regularly linking to virtual tours created by museums and art galleries around the world. This week, however, I've decided to take a little break from culture and to spend a little time with nature instead.

For example, this morning I took a little virtual tour of the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The National Aquarium reopened yesterday so you can visit the aquarium for real if you are in the area. However, if you can't get to Baltimore, you can still visit the aquarium virtually on its fantastic customized 'Street View' tour.

Using the National Aquarium virtual tour you can view 360 degree panoramic images of the aquarium and virtually visit the Atlantic Coral Reef, Shark Alley the Amazon River and view all kinds of marine life, including the aquarium's amazing dolphins and sharks.

If you want live views of marine life then you might enjoy the webcams of the Georgia Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The webcams in these two aquariums give you a live view of lots of different marine species, including (but not limited to) beluga whales, sharks, sea lions and turtles.

You can also take a virtual dive beneath the world's oceans on Google Street View. Over the years Google has captured a number of under water Street View images in many different locations around the world. You can explore Google's under water Street View imagery on Google Earth's The World's Ocean collection.

This collection includes Street View imagery from the Great Coral Reef, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean and from many other marine locations around the globe. While exploring these 360 degree panoramic images shot beneath the waves you can virtually swim with all manner of exotic and colorful marine life.

Art Galleries and Museums

If you want some culture with your nature then you can explore many of the world's best museums and galleries during lock-down using their virtual tours. Here are a few more that you might enjoy:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - includes a number of virtual exhibitions
The National Gallery - London's National Gallery has a number of virtual tours
The Rijksmuseum Masterpieces Up Close - a virtual tour of the museum's Gallery of Honour
The Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour - explore the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's astonishing ceiling
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural Museum - has created a number of virtual tours
The Stonehenge Virtual Tour - places you in the center of this mysterious pre-historic monument
Beijing Palace Museum - the Palace Museum has created a number of virtual tours which allow you to explore some of the museum's galleries and also some of the amazing buildings of the Forbidden City
Buckingham Palace - take a virtual tour around the Queen's favorite pad

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