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Published April 23rd 2020
Fun that comes to you
At the moment we're mostly confined to the house and not able to go out and enjoy our city in the usual way. It is still possible, however, to experience many of Melbourne's iconic places and attractions from home, virtually.
Note that while the digital world is keeping everyone connected and up to date, the lack of traditional live performances has seriously impacted the income of many of Melbourne's favourite organisations, artists and performers. Options are available on many of their sites should you wish to consider supporting them through these difficult times, so they can be there when we can once again go there in real life.
Here's a selection of Melbourne's finest attractions you can enjoy from your couch.
The Melbourne Theatre Company's MTC NOW offers stories, quizzes, a look behind the scenes and a virtual tour of MTC headquarters.
The Australian Ballet has Ballet TV where you can watch full-length ballets from the 2020 Digital Season, see what happens behind the scenes, learn about the Australian Ballet's education program and if you wish, even learn a few ballet steps.
The Arts Centre Melbourne - Together With You initiative showcases performances, podcasts, interviews with artists, family activities and stories.
Museums at Home has the Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum sharing their collections and exhibitions via virtual tours, live streaming, educational experiences and kids activities.
The Public Galleries Association Victoria has a great guide called Online Visual Art Experiences which lists galleries and their virtual offerings Victoria-wide. There's a smorgasbord of art plus a special section of kids activities.
7. MELBOURNE IN PICS
One of the most photographed spots in Melbourne - the bathing boxes at Brighton. Image by Julian Hacker from Pixabay
Sometimes looking even better in photos than you can remember, Melbourne is well served in the photographic realm. You can spend hours browsing pics of the skyline, streets, gardens, architecture, markets, landmarks and other Melbourne attractions.
As a guide see the City of Melbourne FB page, Visit Melbourne's Instagram, and Travel Victoria's Melbourne. For some eerily-empty-of-people shots of well known Melbourne spaces see this collection entitled Melbourne Isolated.