California Museums and Zoos, Virtual Tours and Live Cams

With museums not open and zoos following suit with closing their doors, these places are unfortunately not accessible for viewing in-person. Well, thanks to the Google Art Project, several museums are offering virtual tours that allow us to explore these attractions from our own homes. Zoos and animal parks also have live cameras that give us the chance to still see our favorite animals.

At The Kensington Sierra Madre, we are observing CDC guidelines of social distancing to keep our residents, staff, and their loved ones safe. Our usual calendar events and outings have been canceled for the time being, but that has not stopped us from finding ways to have fun. Here are three virtual experiences being offered that others can enjoy as much as we do:

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Take a trip back in time all the way to the 8th century, and experience a timeline of art from then, until now. The J. Paul Getty Museum sits among flourishing and tranquil gardens, outstanding views of Los Angeles, and ornate architecture. A haven for the enthusiast eye or the casual viewer, the Getty is a collection of European paintings, sketches, sculptures, decorative arts, and even photographs from Europe, Asia, and America.

The Villa dei Papiri is a first-century Roman country house that is modeled right here in Los Angeles. It is here where Greek and Roman features are on display. History is brought to life in Renaissance-era paintings, and photographs from Dorthea Lange.

Their online experience showcasing 15,709 objects can be found here: J. Paul Getty Museum

De Young Museum

Along with the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, the Fine Arts Museums of de Young in Golden Gate Park are the largest art institutions in San Francisco. The name was instated in honor of Michael H. de Young and was established in 1895. Pieces on display range from almost all continents, different mediums and various styles of painting, sculpture, to even costume and textile arts. Oceanic art, which are creative works from the native people of the Pacific islands and Australia can also be found here. These range from small groups of objects from Indonesia, New Guinea, to impressive New Zealand Maori wood carvings.

Their online experience with 365 items for viewing can be found here: de Young Museum

The Oakland Zoo

Located in Oakland, California, the Oakland Zoo is home to more than 750 animals. In addition to providing an experience for all ages to see various species, they work alongside global partners to take action for animal welfare, habitat regeneration, and fighting against global animal trade. 

Condors, elephants, and bears, oh my! View three species of bears, African elephants, and condors live from the zoo from their 24/7 webcams. 

Their online live cameras can be found here: The Oakland Zoo

As we continue to observe the CDC recommendations for social distancing, it is bringing some of us closer to our homes and families, and we look for ways to make the most out of each day. While museums and animal encounters remain closed, it does not mean we cannot still find a way to enjoy them.


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