Things to Do at Home: Appreciate Arts and Culture From Around the World

What if we can save the human race by staying home AND still explore the world of arts and culture from the couch? Travel to museums around the globe, listen to symphony performances and choose your own beverage for the journey.
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The pyramids outside The Musée du Louvre in Paris. Photo: Katie Kenny


Visit a Museum Virtually

Yes, the Musée du Louvre in Paris is closed, but we can still go to the famous museum for an online visit and dream of journeys to come. And, since you’re in France, go outside to the lavish gardens of Versailles. Want to head farther east? Learn all about the Great Wall of China. You can also keep up with our local arts scene for #museumathome by following The Honolulu Museum of Art blog, Instagram and Facebook accounts, as well as the Hawai‘i State Art Museum’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Check out more museums to visit virtually.

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Photo: Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra


Tune In to World-Class Music

Meant to catch another performance of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra after Harry Potter movie night? Here’s your chance to listen to classic rebroadcasts of our local talented symphony musicians on Hawai‘i Public Radio at 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights, starting March 31. The first one features conductor JoAnn Falletta conducting a program that includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3.

Tune in to HPR-2 to listen to the broadcasts. 


Go to a digital concert hall of renowned German musicians for a limited time. The Philharmonie Berlin is offering free access to more than 600 concerts as well as bonus videos from behind the scenes.

Click here and type in the code BERLINPHIL to sign up before March 31.



Explore a House that Combines Mystery and History

Going for escapism? Tour the landmark Winchester mystery house, a mansion in San Jose, built by Sarah Winchester into a seven-story architectural marvel. Some say it’s haunted while others celebrate its intriguing mystery. Check out the video above to meet the woman who baked a gingerbread model of the California mansion, complete with stairs to nowhere.

To tour the house, click here.


Great Long Reads From Our Files


The Revival of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra

Learn how the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra emerged from dissonant times in HONOLULU managing editor Katrina Valcourt’s fascinating look at what happened behind the scenes to bring back the music.

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A Snail Tale

Be inspired by writer Carlyn Tani’s story and Aaron K. Yoshino’s photos of what Hawai‘i scientists are doing to try to prevent the extinction of native creatures like George, the last native land snail of his kind.

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Art to Art: Anatomy of a Merger

Take a look back at the struggle of Honolulu’s art museums trying to keep the doors open in changing times in this piece by writer Lavonne Leong.

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The 25 Greatest Songs of the 21st Century

Explore Hawaiian music of the 21st century with the help of writer Michael Keany.

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