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Culture, arts and museums

While all of our museums, theatres and cultural venues are closed to the public, there are still lots of things you can do online.

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery at home

While our gallery is closed our staff are organising online activities. Over the coming weeks will be sharing with you our favourite things to see, make and do and picking the best bits from our networks, archive and communities.

You can find out their schedule of activities on our Glynn Vivian Learning page. The activities themselves will be shared each day on the Glynn Vivian FacebookInstagramTwitter and You Tube accounts.

Go behind the scenes with Swansea Museum

Find out about some of Swansea Museum's most interesting objects. They are sharing pictures of objects and photos of former exhibitions alongside information about the objects on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Our favourite so far? A picture of Lizzie the Elephant standing in the entrance of the museum.

More culture, arts and museums

The Waterfront Museum in Swansea alongside the other National Museum Wales sites have ideas for activities to do online. If you are missing their exhibitions or want to find out about other sites then you can view collections online. Learn about lotions and potions and become a dinosaur detective. You can even enter a competition to design your dream museum in Minecraft.

Learn how to draw with official World Book Day illustrator Rob Biddolph. Lessons happen every Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00am. You can follow them live on his Twitter page or watch them back on his website.

Practice your drawing skills with the Natural History Museum's Nature Drawing Club. They will post a new topic every Friday on their Twitter page and then it's up to you to draw or paint.

To find out more about the Natural History Museum you can use their take part and education resources. Learn about their collections, the nature around you and the science that is carried out everyday at the museum.

Visit over 2,500 museum, art galleries and cultural venues across the world with Google Arts and Culture. You can visit your favourite galleries and museums, or explore somewhere new. Find out about works of art and their creators all from the comfort of your own home. Some of our favourite places to visit include the British Museum in London, the Australian National Surfing Museum, the Hollywood Boulevard and the Colosseum in Rome. High definition photography allows you to look closely at some of the most famous artworks in the world.

Once you've made a virtual visit to the British Museum you can learn more about their collection on their website.

If you fancy a trip to the theatre then there are lots of ways to watch your favourite play, musical and opera. With some of the best institutions across the world offering the chance to watch their performances from your own home, now is the time to get immersed in culture.

Why not start with some Shakespeare? The Royal Shakespeare Company has lots to help you learn about the world's most famous playwright. You can watch 17 different shows online for free as well as new recordings of shows premiering over the next few weeks. You can also visit their Shakespeare learning zone and even take part in live lessons on Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

Watch some of the best productions by the National Theatre every Thursday evening on Youtube from 2 April. The plays will be available free for a week after each showing. Plays include One Man, Two Guvnors, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night.

For other shows you can watch online for free, Whats On Stage have collated a list of plays, musicals, ballets and operas. Watch new and exciting theatre without having to leave your house.

If you are interested in musical theatre then Andrew Lloyd Webber is streaming some of his best loved shows for free on his The Shows Must Go On Youtube channel. Starting with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat a new show will be released each week and will be available to stream for free for 48 hours.

For the ultimate in culture why not introduce yourself to Opera from some of the finest performers in the world. Visit the Royal Opera House online to watch opera, ballet and documentaries. 

The BBC have announced a Culture in Quarantine festival, bringing the arts to your homes. There will be broadcasts of shows, documentaries and discussions and ideas to get creative at home.

Royal Albert Home is bringing the stars of the Royal Albert Hall into your homes, from theirs! Science, music and comedy is all on offer for free with more to be added over the next few weeks. With sessions for kids as well there are some great performances. It's an ideal opportunity to get some mor eculture in your lives.

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