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Culturally speaking, you can still enjoy what Western New York has to offer – digitally

Just because you can't visit museums, galleries and music halls that have temporarily closed and postponed events doesn't mean you can't enjoy the local cultural scene.

Here are some of the ways to submerge yourself online:

Talking architecture

Explore Buffalo, known for its tours showcasing Buffalo’s architecture, history and neighborhoods, has canceled scheduled tours through April 30, but the non-profit organization has beefed up its digital newsletter from its usual updates “to a place where we can continue to learn about Buffalo together.”

This week you can learn about the Statler Hotel, which was built from 1921 to 1923.

There are also links to other websites, such as HistoryView, where you can take a virtual tour of places all over the world – from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to Antarctica.

Explore Buffalo is known for its tours showcasing Buffalo’s architecture, history and neighborhoods. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)

Visit to sign up for the free newsletter.

Explore Buffalo is soon rolling out video content of tour clips on Facebook and Instagram, as well, according to Executive Director Brad Hahn, who appears in the first round of videos talking about Delaware Avenue.

Artists as house guests

Did you know you can explore the entire Albright-Knox art collection online?

Picasso! Cézanne! Monet!

So even though Albright-Knox Northland, 612 Northland Ave., recently announced it is temporarily closed  – and, of course, the museum is closed for construction until 2022 – you can still get lost in the art world.

History at home

The research library staff at the Buffalo History Museum has a number of digital projects available online.

“From indexes, slideshows, to digitized artifacts – these projects are a great way to start a longer research paper, assignment, or to simply learn more about our region’s history,” the museum posted on  Facebook.

Check them out by visiting

The museum promises to add new resources and projects to this section of its website in the coming days.

Music, please

Just because you cannot see the BPO in person does not mean you can't listen to them. (Harry Scull Jr./News file photo)

No one is going to be heading to Kleinhans Music Hall for performances in the coming weeks, but the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is partnering with WNED Classical, Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s Classical music station, to broadcast free archived live recordings of BPO concerts at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning next week, according to the BPO website.

To access the broadcast, tune in to 94.5 FM, stream via, or listen to WNED Classical via smart speaker.

You can get updates and view the broadcast schedule on the websites.

* Another way to lose yourself in music:

Virtual concert series helps bring music to audience in wake of club closings

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