5 Texas Cultural Institutions You Can Tour Virtually, from The Alamo to Donald Judd's Museum in Marfa
Put on your culture cowboy hat.
During these unsettling times amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we're all really craving the comfort and inspiration of art. But with museums and cultural institutions shuttered as we remain at home, what's a Southern arts enthusiast to do? Thankfully, many have pivoted to carry on their mission of enriching people's lives through art from afar. From botanical gardens below the Mason-Dixon Line to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City so many of these Southern strongholds have worked hard to bring their enlightening experiences directly to your home. Below, we've zoomed in on five of our favorite such offerings in the Lone Star State.
1. San Antonio Museum of Art
Billed as the "only encyclopedic museum of fine art in South Texas," peruse their collection online, watch a curatorial video about Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art exhibit and tour, or join the museum for Thursday afternoon story time. For educators, they've also made online lesson plans and arts-and-crafts activities available.
2. Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas
An art lovers' mainstay in the bustling Texas metropolis, start by enjoying Nasher from home with videos of artist talks, lectures, educational activities, and more. Then, check out back issues of Nasher magazine, The Nasher, or browse their educational resources.
3. The Alamo
Get your eTour on of this historic Spanish mission and fortress, that dates back to the 18th century and is the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, during Texas' war for independence from Mexico. Online, you can take a 360° tour of the grounds including the exterior, church, fountain, courtyard, and other significant spots, as well as learn more about the site's history.
4. The Chinati Foundation
Marfa on your mind? Head to this celebrated collection of art founded by renowned American artist Donald Judd. View sculpture, light installations, and paintings in the digital database and get excited for the day when you'll get to scope it out firsthand.
5. The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston
Welcome to the glorious digital experiences of this H-Town staple. From family-friendly activities to movie night with MFAH Films, there's much to explore. For even more, visit their Google Arts & Culture portal.
So many amazing options and things to learn, we're not sure where to start. What museums have you enjoyed touring virtually while hunkering down at home?