Exploring the World of Art from Your Home: A Guide to the Virtual Arts by The Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens

As sheltering in place becomes a way of life, residents of the luxury residences at Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens are finding new things to love about their spacious homes. From townhomes with rooftop terraces to open-plan condos centered around sumptuous great rooms, staying inside these four walls (and a little private outdoor space) isn’t exactly a punishment.

However, for those Terraces residents who are missing the finer aspects of life outside and who crave contact with arts and culture, fear not! Theaters, museums, and symphonies are finding ways to stay connected with their audiences through virtual performances and tours, turning solitary hours at home into culturally enriching outings embarked upon from your very own home.

The Louvre, the world-famous Parisian art museum, has opened up a pair of its galleries for virtual tours that will make you feel like you’re right there on the northern bank of the Seine. Egypt enthusiasts will love the tour of the museum’s Egyptian Antiquities wing, while lovers of classical painting should take a journey through artist-specific exhibits exploring the works of Delacroix, Rembrandt, or Tintoretto. Speaking of Rembrandt, Madrid’s Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza currently features an HD virtual tour of its exhibit Rembrandt and Portraiture in Amsterdam, 1590-1670 on its website.

World travelers currently stuck inside will love Google Arts & Culture, a collection of high-quality panoramic images of more than 2,500 spaces from around the world, including contemporary museums and historical sites like the Mayan ball courts at Chichen Itza and Rome’s Colosseum.

Residents who crave live performances have a host of options at their fingertips, too, including recordings of contemporary Broadway plays and live streaming musical concerts by the biggest stars. Playbill has posted a collection of filmed performances, including well-known shows like Rent and Cats and lesser-known revivals and forgotten classics. The theater group also posted a guide on how to support theatre companies while sheltering in place, a crucial step in ensuring a future for live performance. And music industry leader Billboard has organized a massive virtual festival called “Stay At Home,” with daily performances by famous stars and under-the-radar musicians, an informational podcast called “Flattening the Curve,” and special events like Silent Film Sunday, where a classic silent movie is accompanied by live music.

Even the local Pasadena Public Library is going virtual with its robust “At-Home Library” program, which allows library card holders to access materials, including periodicals and films, through their digital devices. As you can tell, there’s really no excuse for not expanding your cultural horizons while spending time at your Pasadena home. So, head over to the Terraces website and start your virtual art journey today!

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