This spring and summer many events have been postponed or cancelled due to public health protocols; however, that hasn’t stopped a number of organizations on Cape Cod, the islands, and beyond from creating virtual offerings for their audiences. The list continues to grow, and we’ve pulled together a few experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Museums

Heritage Museum and Gardens

Heritage Museum and Gardens has a variety of virtual collections, including photographs of its gardens currently in bloom as well as tutorials with senior gardener Laura Swain. They’ve also put together interactive activities such as bracelet- and mobile-making instructions as well as virtual scavenger hunts, which highlight the close to 18,000 pieces that are part of its permanent collection. 

heritagemuseumsandgardens.org

Highfield Hall and Gardens

The paths surrounding Highfield Hall and Gardens continue to be open from dawn until dusk, which means that visitors can see outdoor sculptures, such as Patrick Dougherty’s “A Passing Fancy.” Every week, the museum offers online cooking classes led by chef Gail Blakely. Blakely uses staple pantry items and shows participants how to cook up a wide variety of meals from plant-based sloppy joes to wacky cakes.

highfieldhallandgardens.org

Atwood Museum

Beginning in the 1950s, historical society members traveled around Chatham inviting residents to share their stories, and now those audio recordings are available on the Atwood Museum’s website. Listen to fascinating oral histories from fishermen, artists, doctors, and get a better idea of what life was like in Chatham in the early- to mid-twentieth century.

chathamhistoricalsociety.org

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

From history tours of Ireland to plein art painting courses, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod has a wide array of virtual offerings. Register ahead of time to reserve a spot.

culturalcenter.z2systems.com

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

The museum may be closed to the public, but it still continues to deliver engaging content to its community. Listen to the oral histories collected from island residents or download curriculums that the education team has put together for at-home learning.

mvmuseum.org

Nantucket Atheneum

Library card holders are still able to access eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and music from home. The Atheneum has also assembled a variety of online offerings from writer’s groups to concerts.

nantucketatheneum.org

Education

Atlantic White Shark Conservatory

The Atlantic White Shark Conservatory has been organizing daily enrichment opportunities for youth. Stream the next course on AWSC’s Facebook page on weekdays at 10 a.m.

facebook.com/atlanticwhiteshark/

Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids

Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids has been producing free 45-minute webinars for children. Courses range from the history of the ancient horseshoe crabs to a study of the importance of tiny plankton. Register in advance.

opakedu.org

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

On Friday, May 15, join lead scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary as they explore the region’s most iconic shipwrecks from aboard the R/V Connecticut.

register.gotowebinar.com

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

WHOI scientists are hosting webinars that cover their research from the science of shipwrecks to exploring the twilight zone.

whoi.edu

Entertainment

The Cape Playhouse

Learn from choreographers, actors, and singers from the Cape Playhouse on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 1 p.m. Every week, the playhouse is streaming new classes through Facebook Live.

facebook.com/thecapeplayhouse/

Cape Symphony

In a new series, Cape Symphony’s Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak shares musical performances and interviews talented musicians about their background, influences, and inspiration.

Watch Video

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra

CCCO Virtual Concert Hall. Join us as we stream highlights from our 2019-20 season with conductor Matt Scinto.

facebook.com/capecodchamberorchestra/

Outdoors

Cape Cod National Seashore

Listen to the surf crash against the shoreline from the comfort of your home. Audible has created an audio experience recorded on the Cape Cod National Seashore, and it is a welcome familiar soundtrack.

audible.com/pd/Cape-Cod-National-Seashore-Audiobook

Other activities

National Parks

Explore the national parks through virtual tours. Get the kids involved by downloading activities that put them on the path to becoming junior rangers.

nationalparks.org

Louvre

Have you always wanted to visit the famed museum in Europe? Now is your chance. The museum has virtual tours of select exhibits as well as education videos for kids. 

louvre.fr

Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture has joined forces with thousands of museums worldwide to create a number of virtual experiences, from a walk through Musée de’Orsay in Paris to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. You can also watch artists from Milan’s La Scala performing Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra.”

artsandculture.google.com