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12 Virtual Museum Tours for Kids You Can Do Right This Second

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Being stuck at home can be frustrating, but it’s even more so if you have young kids running around looking for something to do. Luckily, in this digital era many museums have put their collections online or created virtual tours that can help alleviate that boredom. Google Arts & Culture (which also has an app) has digitized the collections of numerous big museums, from the Van Gogh Museum to New York’s MOMA. Not all of them will be totally appealing to kids, but some museums are ready with online entertainment for all ages. Whether you need a trip to the aquarium or want to check out some mummies, here are some virtual museum tours your kids will enjoy. (Plus, all of these visits can lead to further reading or Googling, which means even less boredom.)

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1. The Louvre

Best for: Kids obsessed with ancient Egypt or medieval architecture

The Louvre may be closed, but you can still access its many treasures online. The French museum’s virtual tour takes you to some of its galleries, including into the basement ruins of the building’s original moat, which dates back to 1190. Don’t miss the Egyptian antiquities, where you can learn more about the pharaonic period. While the entire museum isn’t available as a tour, much of the collection is available as images on their website, so you and the kids can search for the most memorable works, including the Mona Lisa .

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2. The British Museum

Best for: Kids ready to explore a more interactive experience

Ever wanted to see the Rosetta Stone or a real-life mummy? Look no further than the British Museum, which you’d usually have to seek out during a vacation in London. The tour is interactive, with artifacts searchable by era, region or type, and you can discover all sorts of interesting objects, including a bank check from Barclays and a papyrus poem from ancient Egypt.

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3. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Best for: Future time travelers

New York’s Met Museum has an entire section of its website dedicated to young ones called MetKids. The online-only experience features a time machine, where you can search by time period, idea or location to uncover objects and artwork from the museum’s rooms. The “Big Ideas” search tool allows kids to look into topics like inventions, fashion and battles, and see all the relevant artifacts—a cool way to learn without it really seeming like you’re learning. There are also videos, as well as an interactive map of the museum that allows you to check out various exhibitions around the building.

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4. Van Gogh Museum

Anyone who’s been to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam knows how amazing it is to view all of the artist’s works in one place. Since you can’t actually jet off to Amsterdam, take your kids on a virtual journey through the collection via Google Arts & Culture. Don’t miss Almond Blossom, one of Van Gogh’s most delightful oil paintings, which is calm and transportive. It’s also a good way to discuss the history and culture of other countries, as Van Gogh painted in Japan and has a few relevant pieces in the collection.

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5. Boston Children’s Museum

Best for: Mimicking the real thing

A children’s museum would be the best place to take the kids when they’re off from school, but a virtual experience will have to do for now. The Boston Children’s Museum welcomes online visitors into its exhibits (no lines!) and you can supplement the images with your own at-home activities and games.

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6. Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History

Best for: An all-encompassing educational experience

Take yourself on a tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, whether it’s through the temporary exhibitions or the permanent collection. Along the way, check out dinosaur skeletons, animals from around the globe and even past exhibits that are no longer on display in reality. It’s a great way to keep your kids learning about the world around them even when they can’t be in school, and there are plenty of follow-up activities or readings you can do after the tour. While you’re there, stop by the Smithsonian Castle and the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden, both of which have adjoining virtual tours.

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7. The National Gallery Of Art

Best for: Taking advantage of online-only exhibits

Another Smithsonian museum, the National Gallery of Art has thousands of items and paintings online via Google. You can explore the current exhibition Fashioning a Nation to learn about American fashions from 1740 to 1895, or search through the various periods, from baroque to modern art. The National Gallery is home to some very important works, so look for Vermeer’s Woman Holding a Balance , Cassatt’s Little Girl in a Blue Armchair and Gauguin’s Words of the Devil . It’ll make you want to visit the real thing, so look into a trip to D.C. when this is all over.

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8. Uffizi Gallery

Best for: Kids or teens studying European history

Florence’s Uffizi Gallery can be explored on Google Arts & Culture, and there’s a lot of art to see. Most of the works are from the Renaissance (be prepared to explain all the naked ladies) and there’s an emphasis on paintings by Italian artists. It’s not just about the paintings—the collection tells you a lot about Italian history and the country’s past rulers, which can be really helpful if you have a teenager studying European history this year.

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9. Easter Island

Best for: Getting some “fresh air”

Take things outside to Easter Island, where Google has created a virtual tour of the island’s famed statues. There’s also a short video of the island and its massive ancient creations, which could make for a good opportunity to discuss world geography with your kids.

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10. Monterey Bay Aquarium

Best for: Aquatic exploration with a side of meditation

Who doesn’t want to look at peaceful videos of undersea life when they need a break from reality? The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live web cams will delight both you and your young ones, especially the adorable penguin cam. To find something soothing, watch the hypnotizing moon jelly cam or the kelp forest cam, which showcases leopard sharks moving among the kelp. When the live cams aren’t running (they operate during specific hours), there are pre-recorded videos to fill in.

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11. Roald Dahl Museum And Story Centre

Best for: Kids who devoured James and the Giant Peach

Start your day off with a virtual tour of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, which is located outside London, before having a marathon day of reading The Witches or The BFG to your kids. You can search through the exhibits and even learn more about the picturesque countryside outside the museum in Buckinghamshire. While it can be easy to feel like you’re missing out by only seeing something online, this museum is a great opportunity to delve into the fantastical world of an author who can really help with escapism right now.

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12. Nasa Glenn Research Center

Best for: Future space cadets

Take a virtual tour of the NASA Glenn Research Center or the Space Telescope Operations Control Center, which houses the Hubble Telescope. At NASA Glenn, delve into the ballistics impact lab or the supersonic wind tunnel, which could, of course, lead to a discussion about physics that you might not be that equipped to have. Don’t worry, NASA has a lot of stuff online, making it a great resource during this time at home.

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Young learners can explore the subjects of art, history, science, archaeology, and more through children’s museums that offer a virtual window into real-time curiosities via webcams, live streams, computer-generated tours, and 360-degree photographs. (By the way, for adults, plenty of world-class art museums have created similar virtual offerings .)

Glazer Children’s Museum

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Creating life-long learners has always been the goal at Tampa, Florida’s Glazer Children’s Museum . While kids are e-learning at home, due to school closures, Glazer Children’s Museum is here to help. Make a Rube Goldberg Machine, learn about atmospheric pressure through hands-on experiments, and participate in coloring activities, all from the comfort of your own home.

Good to Know: The museum has launched GCM at Home, an online initiative to assist caregivers and parents with educational learning activities.

Children’s Museum of South Dakota

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Kids across the country will have to spend time learning—and playing—indoors so many museums, like the Children’s Museum of South Dakota , have developed curriculum, webinars, and blogs for at-home studying. Seize the Play invites kids to pick a topic and then complete the challenge. There are many activities to choose from like making puffy paint, creating fizzy bubbles, baking prairie breads, building an indoor fort, paper making, and more.

Good to Know: There’s a special page just for grown-ups where parents can gain access to extra resources like reviews, activity suggestions, and more.

Boston’s Children Museum

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Founded by science teachers in 1913, Boston’s Children Museum has been working with educators since the beginning. The museum offers free online resources to help students learn, like the 100 Ways to Play suggestions, which give parents and caregivers ideas for how to help kids engage in the world around them.

Good to Know: Boston’s Children Museum has a virtual tour that allows kids to click on arrows to explore the museum.

The Strong National Museum of Play

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Even though The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York is closed, you can still visit virtually through an online tour of the first and second floors. Click arrows and make your way through the various exhibits and galleries. Learn by exploring online exhibits: Pinball in America, History of Play on Two Wheels, The Oregon Trail, American Board and Card Game History, and The History of Valentine Cards.

Good to Know: Google Arts and Culture makes it easy to see the interior and exterior of The Strong National Museum of Play.

Kohl Children’s Museum

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You'll be able to access remote learning opportunities through Kohl Children’s Museum’s Home Zone . Each web series will walk you through science experiments, art projects, music classes, and more, all of which you can complete while at home. Learn how to make a work of art with a fly swatter tool, create a ball-run with recycled or up-cycled materials, and learn how different materials absorb water.

Good to Know: Visit the museum’s website regularly to see new videos and to keep informed on good health and wellbeing practices while at home.

Children’s Museum of Houston

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Several virtual events are available for children through the Children’s Museum of Houston website. During the time of school closures, families can take part in virtual story-times (English and bilingual), toddler playtime, and more. Mr. O’s O Wow Moments, for example, walks kids through science experiments that they can complete at home. Educator Moments give kids structure for activities they can do with caregivers via Facebook Live.

Good to Know: Visit the museum’s website for a list of virtual events.

Minnesota Children’s Museum

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The Minnesota Children’s Museum has a huge library of videos that families can watch while at home. Kids can learn how to build a gnome home, create a time capsule, learn about the color wheel through mixing primary paint colors, and create sensory bins. Even though the museum is closed through the month, you can still visit the website and learn about the various exhibits and read helpful blogs on activities to do home.

Good to Know: The museum helps parents by providing educational resources that can be accessed while home from school. Read research on the science of play, get helpful tips, and stay informed by subscribing to a newsletter.

Chicago Children’s Museum

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For artsy kids that want to learn how to make stained glass, colored foam, play dough, finger puppets, and more, take a gander at Chicago Children’s Museum’s list of Recipes for Play at Home . Activities are arranged by age groups and you’ll find plenty to keep your little ones engaged.

Good to Know: The Chicago Children’s Museum has a Facebook page that has up-to-date information on new at-home activities as well as tips for keeping kids busy while at home.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

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Irvine, California is home to Pretend City Children’s Museum , which features 17 interactive exhibits designed to promote active imaginations in kids. Through the Matterport 3D Space , kids can virtually walk through the cafe, farm, gas station, post office, grocery store, and more.

Good to Know: Take a virtual tour , provided by HistoryView VR of the museum’s Mini Mall, Classrooms, Pretend City Entrance, Seasonal Area, and Street Entrance.

The National Museum of Australia

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It can be fun for kids, no matter where they live around the globe, to visit museums in different countries via the web. The National Museum of Australia has online activities for fun at home. Instructional web pages teach kids how to make animated flip books, dragon puppets, robots, wearable art, stick art sculptures, and more.

Good to Know: Take a self-guided tour with the app, The Loop. You can also download the Defining Moments and Museum Favourites audio tours.

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68 Best Virtual Field Trips for Kids

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Table of Contents

  • 3 Free Virtual Field Trips Zoo and Animals
  • 4 The Best Virtual Field Trips to a Farm
  • 5 Virtual Field Trips Aquarium
  • 6 Community Helpers Virtual Field Trips for Kids
  • 7 Virtual Field Trips to Food and Candy Shops
  • 8 Virtual Field Trip to Space
  • 9 Virtual Field Trips for Learning History
  • 10 Amazing National Parks Virtual Tours
  • 11 Sports Virtual Field Trips
  • 12 Virtual Field Trips to Oceans
  • 14 Virtual Field Trips to Kids Museum

Here you will find a list of the best virtual field trips for kids, ranging from preschool and kindergarten to elementary aged children.

These virtual field trips for kids will leave your kiddos learning about animals, history, community helpers, space, national parks, sports arenas, and farms all over the world! The interactive tour with live webcams are a great way to give the kids a closer look at outer space, an animals natural habitat, and our natural world.

Whether for homeschool, preK, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade, you can quickly find great virtual field trips below with the easy-to-find categories. If you’re looking for a middle school and high school appropriate virtual reality field trip, there will be a few to choose from. Otherwise, these are geared towards the younger children. Can’t find what you are looking for? Leave a comment at the end of the post, and I will gladly search for a fun virtual field trip for kids.

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Free Virtual Field Trips Zoo and Animals

  • San Diego Zoo : Live animal cameras and instructional activities
  • Butterfly Garden : Learn all about butterlies with this 9 minute video of the most beautiful butterfly habitats in the world.
  • Animal Shelter : This 8 minute video shows the Kidvision kids learning about the animal shelter and how to adopt a pet
  • Emerald Hills Animal Hospital
  • Dinosaur Exhibit
  • Conservation Biology Institute and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

The Best Virtual Field Trips to a Farm

During the Fall, most elementary grades take a field trip to a farm. The most popular guided tour school groups are animal farms, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches. Below are virtual field trip experiences your kids will love!

  • Dairy Farm : Complete with a downloadable companion activity to get your kids prepared for the virtual field trip of a dairy farm.
  • Animal Farm
  • Condee Horse Farm:  Meet Shorty in this 8 minute virtual tour of a horse farm.
  • Dutch Hollow Farm : 50 minute tour of a dairy farm
  • Tailview Farm : A 47 minute tour of the Tailview Farm recorded in 2020
  • Bonnie Plants : Home Depot takes kids on a multi-part virtual field trips to see gardens and plants
  • Egg Farm Field Trip

Virtual Field Trips Aquarium

  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cam
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • National Aquarium

Community Helpers Virtual Field Trips for Kids

Most elementary social studies curriculum integrates community helpers! These virtual tours will support your lessons by offering an interactive experience.

  • Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theater
  • Airport : Sit in a cockpit, learn how to fuel a helicopter, and visit an airplane museum
  • Construction Site
  • Bank : Visit the SunTrust Bank with the KidVision kids
  • Television Station : An 8 minute video touring a TV studio with Penny. Learn about green screens, sound and audio boards, and much more.
  • Recycling Center : Here’s an 8 minute video touring a recycling center
  • Library : Learn about putting books in alphabetical order, how to check out your favorite books, and all the other fun parts of a library.
  • Post Office : Learn how to mail a letter
  • Fire Station
  • Whole Foods Grocery Store
  • Police Station
  • Boston Children’s Museum

Virtual Field Trips to Food and Candy Shops

  • Ice Cream Parlor : Visit Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor and learn how to order from a menu, choose your favorite toppings, and more sweet fun!
  • Chocolate Factory : Take this fun tour with the KidVision kids and Ms. Penny to see how chocolate is made – from the bean to the candy
  • How M&Ms are made
  • Bakery:  A 7 minute video that will take you to a bakeshop and show how cupcakes are made

Virtual Field Trip to Space

The live videos of space exploration are excellent educational activities.

  • Visit the Moon : This 23 minute video will take you on a NASA virtual field trip to the moon.
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Virtual Tour of Mars (Access Mars)
  • Slime in Space
  • Google Earth interactive map to get the google street view of any location in the world, such as the Great Lakes, the Liberty Bell, Mexico City, New York City, or the beautiful Yosemite National Park.
  • International Space Station

Virtual Field Trips for Learning History

  • Pilgrim Life:  Learn about games and chores of pilgrim children in the 1620s
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • White House : Take a virtual tour of the white house
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Railroad Museum : Learn about railroad safety in this 5 minute video by Kid Vision
  • Smithsonian National Museum of History :  Click to see different areas of the museum as you and the kids walk through this virtual tour.
  • Great Wall of China : Although the history behind this extraordinary exhibit is beyond early childhood curriculum, the kids will love the 360-degree view. This virtual tour of the great wall of china would be great when teaching different cultures.
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Plimoth Plantation: Perfect for your Thanksgiving activities and lessons for kids
  • Empire State Building Live Cam
  • Ellis Island

Amazing National Parks Virtual Tours

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Canyon
  • Amazon Rainforest
  • African Safari in Etosha

Sports Virtual Field Trips

  • Baseball Stadium : This 6 minute video will take you on a virtual field trip to a Baseball Stadium. Meet the team mascot, throw a pitch, and much more.
  • Bowling Alley:  Join the kids as they go to a bowling alley, learn how to pick out the right ball, and have fun with some strikes!
  • Play 60 Football Stadium Virtual Field Trip for Kids

Virtual Field Trips to Oceans

  • Hawaii : Learn about Hawaiian art, music, and dance.
  • Artic : Explore the arctic for kids and learn about arctic animals and climates
  • Coral Reef : See sea turtles, octopus, eels, and more as you explore the coral reef.

Virtual Field Trips to Kids Museum

  • Children’s Museum of Atlanta : This was rated amongst the top world-famous museum choices for kids
  • Explore STEM and STEAM projects at the National Children’s Museum

I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of these best places for virtual field trips for kids. Be sure to bookmark this page, so you can easily access it throughout the year. If you’d like to join the Little Learning Corner email crew, sign up HERE to get something new, fun, and helpful every week!

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Best Virtual Museum Tours for Kids & Families

Did you know that you can access art museum virtual field trips, tours, and resources from around the world for free ? Why not take your students on virtual museum tours to the lavish Louvre in Paris? Or the majestic Metropolitan Museum of Art? Or any one of these historic art museums from around the world? Check out the list below to get started!

1. Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum

Located in Greece, the Benaki Museum features European and Asian pieces of artwork dating all the way back to prehistoric ages. In addition to having a massive collection of art you can explore virtually, the Benaki also offers audio tours for several of their larger exhibits. Our favorites include Chinese and Korean Art, Historic Heirlooms, and Childhood, Toys, and Games.

2. The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection

Frick, yeah! Click your way through this interactive map for a tour of the beautiful building and collections of art from the likes of Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and more.

3. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Explore thousands of items in the Getty’s collection  with help from Google Arts & Culture. The J. Paul Getty Museum specifically has several interactive options for exploring their collection: a “museum view” virtual tour, three ebook-style online exhibits, and the library of over 15,000 collected pieces of art.

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4. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

The largest art museum in the western United States is offering art museum virtual field trips. Watch videos and museum walkthroughs, listen to soundtracks and live recordings, learn with online teaching resources and courses, browse their art collection, and more on LACMA’s redesigned website.

5. The Louvre

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One of our favorite art museum virtual field trips—and the world’s large museum—is the Louvre with options for some of their best exhibition rooms and galleries. Explore rare Egyptian artifacts, iconic paintings, the beautiful structure of the building, and much more through their 360-degree viewing feature.

(NOTE: Several of these virtual tours require Flash Player.)

6. Metropolitan Museum of Art’s #MetKids

Metropolitan Museum of Art's #MetKids

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka the Met) developed #MetKids for, with, and by kids—but we think parents and teachers will have just as much fun using it. Our favorite features include a fun and highly interactive map, a “time machine” search function, informational and how-to videos, and so much more.

7. Musée d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

Instantly transport to the middle of Paris with the Musée d’Orsay and their online tours and art collection. Here you can explore art history with the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces from renowned artists such as Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and many more.

8. Museo Frida Kahlo

Museo Frida Kahlo

Also known as La Casa Azúl (the Blue House), this historic art museum was developed where renowned artist Frida Kahlo lived and created masterpieces. While there, you can learn about her life, her art, and more as you take a virtual tour through her former residence.

9. The Museum of the World

The Museum of the World

The British Museum and Google Cultural Institute teamed up to create one of our favorite interactive projects: The Museum of the World. The British Museum’s digital art collection lets users travel through time—starting with 2,000,000 BC—while seeing how each historical piece in their collection connects with others. Wow!

10. The National Gallery

The National Gallery

Click and scroll your way around the National Gallery in London with their three interactive virtual tour options. The National Gallery has hundreds of paintings in its collection ready to be viewed online, many of which are from the Renaissance period.

11. The National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art

Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art has a wide variety of great educational resources,  including video tours of their exhibitions, in-depth looks at the best pieces of their collection, downloadable learning resources and exercises, pre-recorded lectures by artists and curators, and more.

12. Pergamon Museum

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One of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon is home to a variety of ancient artifacts, including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the Pergamon Altar.

13. Rijksmuseum

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The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands and contains an online collection of well over 160,000 items. Not only is their digital collection incredibly stocked, but it’s also one of the more immersive collections online today. In addition, we highly recommend you try their “stories” feature (shown above), which walks users through the story and emotions behind the artwork created.

14. San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Art 360 exhibit

Step inside the San Diego Museum of Art from anywhere! Enjoy 360-degree scans of your favorite galleries, zoom in to see art details, and read full label text in both English and Spanish, all from the comfort of home.

15. San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts

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The San Francisco MoMA offers exclusive content featuring artists and their work online. Watch videos, read articles, and more right on their website.

16. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has several art museums around the world, which means more history to absorb virtually! Their Collection Online has over 1,700 diverse artworks by over renowned 600 artists—and it is definitely worth checking out as one of our top art museum virtual field trips!

17. Tate Modern: Andy Warhol Exhibit

Tate Modern: Andy Warhol Exhibit -- art museum virtual field trips

The Tate Modern put together this video tour of their famous Andy Warhol exhibit. Museum curators Gregor Muir and Fiontán Moran talk in-depth about Andy Warhol and his work through the lens of the immigrant story, his LGBTQ identity, and more.

18. Uffizi Gallery

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Here you’ll find the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. Wander the halls from any classroom!

19. The Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum

With an obvious focus on Vincent van Gogh, the Van Gogh Museum is home to the largest collection of van Gogh pieces in the world. The museum, virtual tours, ebook “stories,” and online collection dive into the life of van Gogh and the inspiration behind his art. Moreover, we think teachers everywhere will appreciate how big a fan he was of reading books!

20. The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums

You can finally say you’ve seen the Sistine Chapel thanks to this online program! And, you can also virtually visit the Raphael Rooms, the Chiaramonti Museum, and more historic sites through these virtual tours by the Vatican Museums.

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40+ Virtual Field Trips for Kids

We are living in a strange time. Never did I think that I would be searching for virtual field trips to take with my daughter and daycare children! But here we are, trying to make the best of the situation we are living in. 

Now you can experience landmarks and museums around the world with your kids from home! Check out our list of 40+ virtual field trips below. These are all interactive virtual tours that I have done with my kids. All kid-approved! 

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I’ve spent the last two weeks putting together this list of virtual field trips for kids. These are all links that I have personally checked out with my daughter and daycare kids. 

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Animal Virtual Field Trips

-Watch over 10 different animals, from Elephants to Butterflies, in their habitats at the San Diego Zoo with these Live Animal Cams ! We love the tiger cams! Plus they have a whole kids area on their website for fun educational activities. 

-Observe gorillas, rhinos, and even ants on the live webcams from the Houston Zoo . I love the 6 different animal cams at this zoo. Tune in between 7 am and 7 pm CST to see them in action.

– The Georgia Aquarium has some really amazing webcams you can check out. They have beluga whale webcams plus live feeds of the puffins, piranhas, gators and much more! Watch for the whale shark (!) on the Ocean Voyager cam! It’s so cool to see! 

-Learn and explore the farm like never before! Take an inside virtual tour of how farms run and how food is processed from a farm. These are really interesting and well done. My daughter loved the 360 videos on egg processing and egg breaking, the way all the machinery works together blew her mind! You can also view sheep, grain, and mink farms plus milk processing plants.

-Have a shark lover in your house? The live shark cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of our favorite live cams to view. They also have a really great aviary and coral reef cam that you can view with your kids. We also like the Monterey bay cam, it’s fun to watch the waves! 

-Walk-through the halls of the National Aquarium with this fun and interactive virtual tour. 

-Another informative and fun virtual farm tour for kids. Learn about and tour behind the scenes of a dairy farm. 

-Check-in on some of your favorite animals and don’t miss the baby Cheetahs on the animal cams at the National Zoo. 

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Landmarks & Castles

-If you haven’t explored Google Earth I highly recommend that you give it a try. You can explore all kinds of amazing places on Earth. Studying somewhere specific? Check it out on Google Earth. 

-Missing your connection to Mickey and friends? Check out this free virtual field trip to Walt Disney World . 

-Learning about the Empire State Building ? Check out the live webcams perched high above the streets of New York.

-Even wondered what the white house looks like from the inside? Step inside and take a tour of this presidential building from the comfort of your own home.

-Walk the grounds of Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle with this virtual field trip of this ancient castle. 

-Walk along walls of the Great Wall of China with this stunning virtual tour!

-Have you always wanted to see the Effiel Tower ? Well, now you can take your kids on a field trip there in your pajamas! 

-Visit the Palace of Versailles in France. Explore the King’s Chamber, the Hall of Mirrors, art and much more! My kids were in awe of this one! 

-Go onboard and view the inside of Air Force One (a retired model). Explore the cockpit and see where the president sat and slept! 

-Walk-through the halls of the Schönbrunn Palace in Austria . It’s one of the most visited sites in the country and the tour is full of stunning items! 

-Visit an ancient tomb in Egypt. We really enjoyed the virtual tour of The Tomb of Menna . This is one of the most visited and best-preserved of the small 18th Dynasty elite tombs in the Theban necropolis. You can also visit the pyramids while you are “in” Egypt! 

– Head to Mount Vernon and explore the grounds and building. This was the plantation of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and his wife, Martha. 

-Go through the process of arriving at Ellis Island with this interactive tour. 

-Tour inside the state rooms at Buckingham Palace and discover some of the most treasured objects in the Royal Collection

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Science & Nature 

-Visit the National Parks in realtime with their NPS Webcams ! 

-View the stunning beauty of Yosemite National Park . This virtual tour is amazing! 

-Take a hike on the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon from your living room! 

-Looking for something out of this world? Travel into space and visit Mars! That’s right, you can go on a virtual adventure on Mars ! 

-Take a tour of the international space station ! If you are learning about the stars and space this tour is a must! 

-Explore the Atlantic coast of Ireland and the Giants Causeway . This virtual field trip is one I want to take for myself! 

-Go inside Son Doong in Vietnam, it’s the largest cave in the world and even has its own ecosystem. The images are amazing! 

-Want to go on a safari? Check out these African Safari tours to view hyenas, lions, elephants and more! 

-Tour the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park . Lava tubes and volcanos make this one a favorite.

-Explore the wonder of the Carlsbad Caverns and learn about bats.  

-See the Northern Lights over Sweden with this fabulous virtual tour. 

-Follow explorers from beginning to end as they climb Mt. Everest . The 360° videos are amazing and we learned so much about what it takes to make it to the top.

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-Walk around among planes from history with this free virtual field trip for kids from the Frontiers of Flight Museum .

-Get an inside look at the cockpit and interior of planes from history at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. From WWII bombers to helicopters and fighter jets! My daughter has literally spent hours exploring these. 

-Have a car fan? Learning about transportation? Take a tour of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant , the first Ford plant and the location where the Model T was developed.

-View the largest collection of Van Gogh’s artwork, including letters and drawings, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

-Learn about the Battle of the Alamo while you tour the historic Spanish mission and fortress founded in the 18th century.

-Head to the National Museum of Natural History to learn about the history of the planet and the humans. 

-View the incredible exhibits at the Louvre , the largest art museum in the world. 

-Explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website for kids! The Met Kids lets kids explore an interactive cartoon map of the Met to learn more about the artwork and visitor spaces in the museum

-See all the fun to be had at the Boston Children’s Museum ! View three floors of fun children’s exhibits. 

-Virtually tour The British Museum and discover hundreds of artifacts in the museum.

–Step inside the Sistine Chapel and get an up-close and personal view of the amazing art that covers the space, including The Last Judgment  by Michelangelo.

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Your turn! 

Have a favorite virtual field trip for kids that’s not listed above? Leave a link in the comments! I’m always looking for fun new options to explore with my kids. 

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Virtual Travel for Kids: Virtual Field Trips, Zoos, Museum Tours

Virtual Travel and Field Trips For Kids

A resource list of online museum tours, virtual field trips, zoo live feeds, & ways to travel at home for kids

Looking for ways to keep young minds busy? Travel the world virtually, no passport necessary! I’ve got tons of links for online museums, virtual field trips for kids, wildlife live feeds, kid-friendly travel documentaries, game ideas, and links for travel-related learning and play at home.

This is a great resource list for parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who wants to help kids learn about the world and keep exploring in-between trips. Be sure to pin it for later and share with friends or family!

Ready for some armchair travel and virtual field trips for kids? Let’s go!

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Google arts and culture project and virtual reality tours.

Some of the sites in my list below participate in the Google Arts and Culture project , which is content from over 2,000 organizations that have partnered with Google to bring their collections and galleries online.

For some online experiences, a virtual reality viewer can be used to immerse yourself in the tour. The simplest virtual reality headsets use a smartphone for this, with an inexpensive viewer like Google Cardboard which you can order from Amazon .  You can use a viewer with a smart phone and the Google Arts & Culture app (downloadable from the Apple Store or Google Play ) or other websites with virtual reality tours.

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Virtual Field Trips for Kids: Global Exploration & Cultures

Check out all of these virtual field trip resources for learning about new cultures and places around the globe. Click on the blue text throughout this article for links.

National Geographic Explorer Classroom

Explorer Classroom is a free live YouTube show that connects students with explorers around the world! All events are open to the public and are accompanied by a downloadable event guide with additional information, resources, and discussion questions. During registration, parents and teachers can even choose the option of their group being featured on-screen to interact in real-time with the presenter. Check out upcoming and past sessions on their website. Also don’t miss the National Geographic Education resource Library online .

Global Trek

Travel virtually around the globe with this website! Select a country and learn about the people, wildlife and history there.

Colorful Communities around the World

Check out this Google Earth virtual tour of some of the most colorful cities around the globe. Explore neighborhoods in Semarang, Indonesia; Capetown South Africa; Chefchaouen, Morocco and more. Click the arrows in the bottom right of the page to jump to the next city.

PBS Learning Media: Virtual Field Trip to Africa

This virtual field trip to Africa explores the balance of humans and nature in the countries of Kenya and Burkina Faso. Students will learn the importance of grasslands and how ecotourism has benefited both the people and Kenya’s majestic wildlife. Get the accompanying teacher’s guide here.

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Interactive Virtual Field Trips

Airbnb Experiences is now offering paid virtual field trips for kids! Check out all their interactive global adventures with kid-friendly hosts here . Check out options like a tour of a baby goat farm in New Mexico , learning about space from an astronomer in Norway , uncovering Pompeii with an archaeologist , and so many more!

Virtual Tour: Chefchaouen Morocco's Blue City

National Geographic Kids

Tons of virtual field trip and learning resources including games, science, animals, trivia and more.

Virtual Day of the Dead | Dia de los Muertos

Learn about how the holiday of Day of the Dead is celebrated in different regions of Mexico and the United States with my virtual Day of the Dead feature!

Kids Web Japan: Virtual Culture

Learn about Japanese culture: sports, games, food, origami and more.

The Wonderment

The Wonderment is a non-profit organization that helps kids, teachers and community leaders share ideas, help communities and connect with others. Check out all the ideas, stories and resources here.

Dances Around the World

This (paid) downloadable lets kids learn 18 different traditional and cultural dances from Italy, Russia, Africa, India, China, and Mexico. Includes links to see the dances being performed.

Dances Around the World

U.S. and World Population Clock

Learn about U.S. and world population statistics from the U.S. Census website.

Homes by Tinybop

Kids can explore homes around the world with this app. Make meals, decorate, and play games. Play with pets and farm animals, listen to the radio, or play music. Download it on Google Play or the Apple Store .

Discovering Egypt

This site is run by an artist and researcher who has been fascinated by Ancient Egypt since he was a kid. Find information on hieroglyphs, pyramids, pharaohs, mummification, games and more. Also check out the episode of Nat Geo Kids’ “Are We There Yet: Egypt Pyramids” and all of their Egypt resources .

Virtual Costa Rica

Is Costa Rica on your family travel wish list? Check out this two-part Costa Rica virtual field trip from the family blog Two Weeks in Costa Rica. It includes wildlife cameras, volcanoes, storybooks and even how to plant a pineapple! Also check out the episode “Are We There Yet: Costa Rica Animal Rescue” from Nat Geo Kids.

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Gift Ideas & Activity Kits for Little Global Citizens

Looking for unique gift ideas for kids? For Purpose Kids is a social good brand inspiring the next generation of global citizens by teaching kindness and doing good as a way of life. Check out all of their fun and interactive activity kits and gifts centered around helping people, animals, and the environment!

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Virtual Museum Tours for Kids

Explore some of the world’s best kid-friendly museums and collections on a virtual field trip from home.

Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Virtual tours of the Natural History Museum in Washington, DC. Start in the iconic rotunda and see past and current exhibits like the Egypt Exhibit, Ocean Hall, Fossil Lab, Hall of Mammals and so much more!

Virtual Tour: Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Fun Stuff For Kids and Teens from the Smithsonian

Check out the Smithsonian Institution’s roundup of “Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens” from all of their museums online.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Take a tour of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, which maintains the world’s largest collection of aviation and space artifacts. It’s part of the Google Arts and Culture App that makes museum collections available online.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The newest addition to the Smithsonians, the African American History and Culture Museum explores the richness and diversity of the African American experience and how it helped shape the nation. Get access to all the NMAAHC digital resources here , including their excellent guides on talking about race with kids with targeted resources for educators and parents or caregivers .

The British Museum

The British Museum’s “Young Explorers” site lets you explore facts, museum objects, games and more.

British Museum Archaeology Virtual Field Trip

Budding archaeologists can feel like Indiana Jones with this free virtual field trip lesson plan for grades 1-4.

The Hirshhorn Museum

The Hirshhorn Museum, a Washington DC Smithsonian museum that focuses on modern and contemporary art, has brought their HirshhornKids program online! They’re sharing ways to explore art and make hands-on projects at home inspired by Hirshhorn artworks. Check out this fun project for transforming rocks into Picasso art !

National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery in Washington, DC has introduced an app with interactive activities inspired by works in their collection. It also includes a virtual sketchbook and gallery space where users can save their art. Additionally, don’t miss their online resource “An Eye for Art,” which introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their work. it includes activities and explorations that inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing.

Lesson Plan: “A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words”

This free lesson plan for grades 6-8 has activities for using artwork as an inspiration for creative writing.

Smithsonian American History Museum

The National Museum of American History has home resources designed to help kids explore American history. Don’t miss the online multimedia version of their Star Spangled Banner exhibit .

Love Washington, DC museums? Don’t miss my virtual Washington DC field trip for kids of all ages, with over 150 ways to explore DC’s museums, galleries and sights from home!

Boston Children’s Museum

Designed for children and families, the exhibits of the Boston Children’s Museum focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. Take a virtual tour or find resources for parents and educators here.

The Field Museum

Located in Chicago, the Field Museum grew out of items on display in the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to nearly 40 million artifacts. You can view their collections online, but for kids their best resource is the museum’s YouTube channel The Brain Scoop .

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met in New York City has in its collection more than 5,000 years of global art through its three sites in New York City. View its collections and exhibits online. Also check out the episode from National Geographic Kids “Are We There Yet: Met Museum.”

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Gift Ideas For Little Artists

Looking for gift ideas that inspire a love of art and culture? Check out The Met Museum’s gift guide for kids of all ages including books, games, puzzles, playsets, art kits, and toys! Top picks: musical Mozart Magic Cube , magnetic world map puzzle , pop-up Victorian dollhouse , and a Fun with Hieroglyphs kit.

The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a central landmark of Paris, France. Visit online through their virtual tours of some of their most famous collections.

Virtual Tour: The Louvre Museum Virtual Tours

MMCA Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

The MMCA in Seoul, South Korea is filled with collections of modern and contemporary art, whose bright colors, unique materials and bold shapes may capture kids’ attention better online than traditional art. (I visited when I was in Seoul and loved it too!)

Check out more museums online with Google Arts and Culture and my virtual Washington DC field trip .

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Virtual Zoo Field Trips & Wildlife Webcams

See wildlife around the globe with these zoo livefeeds and wildlife webcams for your own zoo virtual field trip!

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

No zoo virtual field trip would be complete with a stop at the National Zoo! It’s part of the Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington DC.  Founded in 1889, the National Zoo was one of the first to establish a scientific research program.  Don’t miss the National Zoo webcams including the famous DC panda cam and cheetah cub cam. You can download an activities guide on the webcam page, and find their at-home educational activities here .  Be sure to follow along on Facebook for updates on panda Mei Xiang’s adorable new cub named Xiao Qi Ji (pronounced Shiau-chi-ji) which means “little miracle” in Mandarin.

Atlanta Zoo

The Atlanta Zoo’s online offering is solely-focused on pandas. Don’t forget to press play (pandas are lazy but not THAT lazy – it took me a minute to realize the first time I watched!).

Virtual Tour: Panda at a zoo

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo’s live webcams include giraffes, gorillas, elephants and flamingos.

Cincinnati Zoo

As a native Cincinnatian, I was lucky to grow up with the Cincinnati Zoo! You might know their most famous resident, Fiona the preemie hippo . If you’re not familiar, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second-oldest zoo in the United States, and has tons of conservation and wildlife education programs. Check out their Facebook page for “Live Safaris.”

Catch up on past days’ safaris with their list of Home Safari Resources which includes a little project to go along with each.

Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

This park’s location is very remote, and is renowned for having the largest elephants on the planet. You can also spot lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos, which along with elephants, make up the “Big 5” ( the top animals to see in Africa on safari). Viewing hours: day and night.  Be sure to turn on your sound to hear the birds and animals!

Virtual Tour: Elephant at a watering hole

Love safaris and animals? Be sure to check out my full wildlife field trip s guide including how to see a live guided safari for FREE twice a day!

Rosie’s Pan: Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa

This hidden camera at a secluded watering hole often catches lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, giraffes and more. The first time I watched it, I saw a leopard! Viewing hours: day and night.

GRACE Center, Democratic Republic of Congo

This corridor connects the gorillas’ forest habitat with their night quarters at the The Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE). It’s so exciting to see gorillas relaxing here!

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Gift Ideas For Kids

Looking for gift ideas for kids who love animals and science? Check out We Craft Box , which offers both one-time ship craft boxes as well as monthly subscriptions. Each subscription box comes with a themed story,  photo directions, and all materials needed that can be shared between two children. Recommended for kids ages 3-9.

Wolfpack Webcam

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. View their live webcams online day and night.

Orangutan Jungle School

The Smithsonian is offering episodes of its show Orangutan Jungle School for free. Watch young orangutans at a rehabilitation center learn the skills they’ll need to be released back into the wild! (You can also get a free 7-day trial to the channel to watch other shows.)

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Virtual Aquarium Field Trips & Ocean Webcams

The georgia aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium has so many great livefeeds for an aquarium virtual field trip! Some favorites: Jellyfish , Beluga Whales , Southern Sea Otters and Ocean Voyagers – sharks, rays, turtles and more!

The National Aquarium

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the U.S. National Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats.

Calling future scientists!

Budding marine biologists can help Zooniverse with their “Beluga Bits” project. They need home scientists to examine underwater photos of wild beluga whales and help them catalog the data. More info here!

Ocean lovers of all ages: don’t miss my guide to many more aquarium field trips with my feature on ocean live feeds and aquatic webcams .

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Space & Science Virtual Field Trips

Space center houston virtual camp out.

The Space Center Houston is hosting virtual camp outs on a “pay what you can” basis. The next event is December 12 – register at the link above at least 24 hours ahead of time.

Nickelodeon Slime in Space

Take a virtual field trip into space with Nickelodeon and a group of NASA astronauts as they figure out what happens when you send slime into space! Includes “Slime in Space Resources” for teachers and parents.

Best Slime Recipes

To go along with this field trip, get the 4 best slime recipes from Home Science Tools.com .

Access Mars

Explore the surface of Mars with footage collected by the NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

National Air and Space Administration

NASA has a crazy amount of content available on its NASA At Home site! Future astronauts should be sure to “Imagine You’re An Astronaut” for fun info, video, history and learning projects. Nat Geo Kids has an episode “Are We There Yet: NASA. ” And don’t miss this interactive exhibit of Neil Armstrong’s Space Suit from the National Air and Space Museum.

International Space Station

Got a pair of old 3D glasses laying around? Check out this cool 3-D virtual tour of the Space Station!

Virtual Field Trip: International Space Station

Google Moon

You’ve probably heard of Google Earth, but did you know there’s also Google Moon? Explore tours of lunar landing sites narrated by Apollo astronauts and learn about the moon and space missions there.

Weather School

The Capital Weather Gang, as the meteorologists at the Washington Post are known, hosted two weeks of “Weather School” videos this spring on their Facebook page.

Science Gift Ideas For Kids

Looking for gift ideas for kids who love science? Check out Creation Crate , which delivers hands-on technology projects and online curriculum right to your door. Club SciKids sends engaging and fun career-related science kits each month. Groovy Lab in a Box ships boxes full of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments for ages 8+. And kids’ toys retailer Maisonette has lots of creative STEM gift ideas.

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Virtual Field Trips for Kids

Explore national parks and tourism sites and get links to tons of virtual field trips around the globe!

U.S. National Parks – Virtual Tours via Google Earth 

Take virtual tours of more than 30 U.S. National Parks, including Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, Dry Tortugas , Sequoia and more.

Become a Junior Park Ranger!

Get ready for your next vacation by learning how kids can take part in the National Parks Junior Ranger Program .

Virtual Field Trip: Death Valley National Park

Google Earth: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

You can also explore UNESCO World heritage sites via Google Earth These are sites for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Check out Google’s suggestion for their top 8 culture sights here . Also, you can explore a wide variety of landmarks through Google Street view, including Stonehenge , Machu Picchu , the Roman Colosseum and the Egyptian Pyramids . The platform also recently launched the Heritage on the Edge initiative, which features five Unesco World Heritage sites under threat from climate change. The project includes 3D maps, augmented reality features, and expert opinions on how we can protect these treasured landmarks.

Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots

The Roots & Shoots Foundation, founded by English primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, has the goal of inspiring and empowering kids to affect change in their communities and the world. Now established in 110 countries around the globe, Roots & Shoots has both a YouTube channel and website with resources for kids and distance learning toolkits and lesson plans for educators.

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon was the plantation of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and his wife Martha Washington. Explore and learn about the site with a very cool and immersive virtual tour.

Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum

This site has a wealth of American history resources and interactive experiences online. They’re hosting live learning sessions on Wednesdays and even share colonial recipes you can make at home.

Machu Picchu

Experience the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru with this interactive virtual tour in 360 degrees. Explore further with this Machu Picchu resource from Nat Geo Kids and Peru country fact file .

The World’s Largest Cave

National Geographic has a really cool virtual tour of the world’s largest cave, Son Doong in Vietnam. Use the map to navigate. Be sure to turn your sound on to hear the sounds of the rainforest and traditional singing!

Virtual Chichen Itza

Take a virtual field trip to one of Mexico’s most-visited landmarks, the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. These ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pre-Columbian city built around 600AD. Also check out this National Geographic Kids video about Chichen Itza and explore the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian’s online exhibit Living Maya Time .

Discovery Education 

Join Discovery Education live for new virtual field trips for kids, or watch on demand. All are free and have a companion guide that includes learning activities.

The Nature Conservancy

This global environmental nonprofit offers a wealth of virtual field trips and downloadable teacher guides. Designed for grades 5-8 but customizable for all ages, their Nature Lab virtual field trips let you travel to the rainforest of Borneo, the coral reefs of Palau, an ecosystem in Colombia and more! Also check out their guide to creating an at-home nature lab summer camp .

Great Wall of China 

Explore the Great Wall of China virtually and see amazing 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. To go along with it, National Geographic Kids has a Great Wall “Are We There Yet” episode and 30 cool facts about China .

Virtual Tour of Great Wall of China

The largest collection of 360-degree images and videos online, this site allows kids to explore cities across the globe for a virtual field trip.

Ellis Island

This Scholastic teacher’s activity guide for Ellis Island lets you explore Ellis Island from home.

Great Lakes Now

Explore the coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes region with these virtual field trips.  

Virtual Field Trip: Winged Creatures in 360-Degrees

Using 360-degree videos and images, these field trips from Detroit Public Television let students explore a penguin conservation center, raptor habitat, and bat habitat.

Bradshaw Foundation

The Bradshaw Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on archaeology, anthropology and genetic research. It works to discover, document and preserve ancient rock art around the world, and promote the study of early humankind’s artistic achievements. Check out their photos and information on cave painting around the globe, then this kids art project with tips for creating your own cave paintings .

Virtual Field Trip: Cave Paintings in Laas Geel Somaliland

Travel Books for Kids

Storytime from space.

Check out these videos of astronauts reading stories for kids from space!

Recommended Travel Books

And here are some great travel books for kids available from Amazon.

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Travel-Related Craft Projects & Games

Hop over to my Pinterest board of global crafts for kids, including a printable “passport,” crafts for celebrations around the world, paper plate carnival masks and more!

Hands-On Activity Ideas for Families

We Are Teachers has a great guide for hands-on home learning activities that could go along with many of these field trips.

And don’t miss these travel and geography-themed games available on Amazon.

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Crafty Gift Ideas For Kids

Need gift ideas for crafty kids? Kid Made Modern offers a smorgasbord of craft options for kids, including subscription boxes, craft kits, stocking stuffer ideas and even online craft classes! Top picks: a create a comic book kit , a shrink art jewelry kit , a my first painting collection , and an arts and crafts supply library to let imaginations run wild!

Online Music and Concerts for Kids

Music for Kids + Fun Stuff

The kennedy center.

The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, the Washington Ballet among other performance groups. They have a wealth of digital arts learning resources online, including a playable Top 10 List of Classical Music that kids will enjoy, an instrument-spotting guide , and a musical tour of Europe .

Dr. Seuss Raps

Have you discovered Wes Tank’s story raps? Head over to YouTube and check out videos of him rapping Dr. Seuss favorites over hip hop beats by Dr. Dre and others. (Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dre – get it?!) It’s super catchy and fun for both kids and adults, and kids can read/rap along at home. Find more of his original story raps at Kidoodle.tv , a free “Safe Streaming” platform for kids entertainment.

FOX IN SOX | Dr. Seuss Raps over Dr. Dre Beats

Birthplaces of Music Virtual Field Trip

Take an interactive virtual field trip through the birthplaces of 4 types of music: classical, jazz, rock n’ roll, and country. It’s geared toward high school students, but music lovers of all ages will find it interesting.

Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?

Find out and test your geography knowledge with this revamp of the classic game from Google Earth.

Virtual Disney World

This YouTube Account helps you virtually experience the best of Walt Disney World’s attractions, shows, hotels and more. 

The blog Practical Wanderlust also has their own tips from a former cast member on a how to have a virtual Disney tour .

Disney World Virtual Tour

Additional Learning Resources

Here’s a roundup of other travel, geography and other global learning resources I came across in my virtual field trip and ‘travel from home” research. Be sure to check out my other guides to aquarium virtual field trips and zoo and safari field trips for additional related resources for teachers and parents.

  • Maryland Public Television & PBS Learning Media Free standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers.
  • Nat Geo Kids: Are We There Yet? Global adventures for kids video series hosted by brother-and-sister duos.
  • Smithsonian Learning Lab: Discover, Create, Share
  • Smithsonian Science Education Center: Distance Learning
  • Aquarium of the Pacific Online Learning Academy 
  • Smithsonian: 7 Ways to Learn about Natural History From Home
  • Smithsonian: 8 Digital Education Resources from the Smithsonian
  • Boston Children’s Museum: Play and Learning Resources
  • U.S. National Parks Learn and Explore
  • National Geographic Family: Fun Ideas to Help Your Kids Explore the World
  • CIA World Factbook
  • The Spy Museum: Lesson Plans Online
  • KidsNuz: 5-Minute Daily Newscasts for Kids
  • Curiosity Stream   Access to a huge library of documentaries and non-fiction television shows. (paid subscription)

Looking for more virtual travel resources to keep traveling and learning from home?

Check out my all of my virtual travel content here ! Includes a Washington DC field trip , safari and zoo virtual field trips and aquarium live feeds (for kids of all ages!) and my virtual travel and things to do in-between trips (mostly for grown-ups).

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There's no need to leave the house to explore the world with these amazing virtual tours for kids! 

While we're still looking for things to do with kids in lockdown, virtual tours have continued to be popular. Now, some of the most famous locations around the world have now taken their sites online. That includes historical landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, right through to virtual tours of animal enclosures at San Diego Zoo.

So if you're looking for a break from homeschooling , have tried all the Zoom games for kids out there and are wondering how you're going to keep busy over half-term in the third lockdown , then you've come to the right place. But there are also so many educational tours to choose from too, so you could always incorporate them into their daily timetable as an alternative to their textbooks.

Check out the best virtual tours for kids in 2021...

The best free virtual tours for kids

These virtual tours are brilliant indoor activites for kids when the rain hits. Being a great way for them to explore the big wide world, in the comfort of their own living rooms. Whether they're a keen historian and would love to see the insides of the Tower of London or a young Vincent Van Gough and set on seeing the sunflowers in person, there's a tour for everyone.

Virtual tours of museums

British Museum, England

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While the British Museum’s 60 galleries would normally be packed with visitors, their doors are closed for now. But you can watch, listen and learn all about the Egyptians and their bizarre mummifications, the Romans’ glutinous eating habits and lots more on their virtual tours.

Explore the museum itself here .

Through the Museum of the World online tour , you can browse through large selections of the museum and search through the exhibits by date, continent and category (art and design, trade and conflict etc). Each one comes with accompanying audio, offering a fascinating backstory to each piece.

RAF Museum, England

Calling all flying fans! This one's for you. In this virtual tour of London's RAF museum , little ones can explore three different sites - including two aeroplane hangars.

You'll need to have Adobe Flash Player installed on your device for this one but it's a great option for something a little different.

Natural History Museum, England

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The Natural History Museum has not experienced so much disruption to their usual steady stream of visitors since the Second World War, when a number of the galleries were taken over to provide tools and training for British secret spy networks.

However, the museum is still committed to educating us all on the amazing world around us. Explore the deep oceans with their virtual venture into the life of a blue whale. Or, why not flick through the fascinating, and sometimes hilarious photos from the latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit ? Then go on to explore the museum itself with their virtual tour from Google Arts & Culture. With over 300,000 specimens to browse, along with 14 digital exhibits, it will certainly keep kids and adults alike busy!

The museum has also announced that its family festival, which teaches kids about plants, pollination and the environment, will be online this year. Running from July 27 to August 9, the festival will run a range of activities that are designed to suit all ages and be fun, as well as educational. You can keep up to date with all the activities on offer on the museum's website .

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, USA

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This world-famous museum in Washington D.C is now open online and is one of the best virtual tours for kids out there. Explore every single one of the exhibits with a 360-degree-view on their website .

In the Sant Ocean Hall, you can get up close and personal with a blue whale like you’ve never seen before. Many of the objects have small photo icons, which you can also click on and view information or closer images of the exhibit.

Virtual tours of zoos and aquariums

San Diego Zoo, USA 

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San Diego Zoo is the most popular zoos in the United States. With all kinds of animals from all over the world - from tigers and elephants to penguins and platypuses - the site attracts more than 3.2million visitors every year!

Just like all other attractions around the world, San Diego Zoo have had to close their doors during the coronavirus pandemic. However, their live cams are certainly up and running through their website.   Take a trip over the pond and explore the lives of some of the world's most loveable animals.

Monterey Aquarium

Jellyfish at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Aquarium is one of the most famous aquariums in the world. Over the first lockdown, they set up live streams around many of their enclosures so that aquatic fans around the world could watch the goings on of these beautiful animals.

The ones to watch have definitely got to the be jellyfish , sea otters and sharks . If you're lucky, you might even catch feeding time! The aquarium also has their own aviary with loads of sea birds and for anyone feeling a little 'locked down', there's the Monterey Bay cam . Set up to look out across the sea, you can watch the waves coming across the shore from the comfort of your own home.

Accompanied by relaxing music, these cams are the perfect way to relax for both adults and kids.

London Zoo, England

If you don't fancy booking a ticket to the zoo now it's open again , from the comfort of your own home, you can burrow or nest, and explore the lives of all the wonderful creatures at London Zoo. With webcams and live streams , zoo keeper diary updates and behind-the-scenes footage, you'll be able to get up close and personal with the animal kingdom.

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You can also check out their Youtube channel , where you can watch all the cutest baby animals in action and find out more about the important conservation work that the zoo does.

Cincinnati Zoo, USA

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This is one of the oldest and most established zoos in the United States, with a collection of almost 2,000 animals.

They have taken their online tour to the next level, introducing the world to their beautiful animals through Facebook Live videos. Their Home Safari series highlights their conservation work. Tune in live, every day from 3pm.

Edinburgh Zoo

Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo

This Scottish zoo has set up live streams so little ones can watch animals like penguins, pandas, lions and tigers for free. If you time it right, you might even be able to see them at feeding time with the keepers.

While the experience is completely free, the zoo is accepting donations to help support the animals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Virtual tours of art galleries

The Louvre, Paris

The Louvre

This famous French gallery is opening its doors virtually , with art lovers all over the world able to tour from the comfort of their own home. There's lots of tours on offer, including The Advent of the Artist, Power Plays, and Egyptian Antiquities.

Van Gogh Museum, Netherlands 

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After his death, Van Gogh became one of the most famous painters in the world. Many of his paintings, including the sunflowers, hang in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. If your child loves painting or has a school project on the artist coming up, this is the best chance to see these incredible art works up close.

You can take your own trip through the galleries and explore the world of this incredible artist, through the virtual tour of the museum on Google Arts & Culture .

The National Gallery, England

Sitting in the middle of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is one of London's most famous buildings. If you've never had the chance to walk the halls, looking at all the incredible artwork on display, now's your chance!

Online through their website, you can take a stroll through the Renaissance era and view over 300 of their paintings in a tour of 18 rooms.

The gallery are even offering tutorials on their Instagram page , like how to use flowers from your walk to create your very own Van Gogh's Sunflowers piece.

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Guggenheim Museum, New York

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There are actually four different Guggenheim museums all around the world but this virtual tour will take you round the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Kids and adults alike will enjoy exploring all their most impressive art works online.

Through the museum's online collection , you can go into the worlds of artists like Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian and Jeff Koons.

Virtual tours of national parks

Yellowstone National Park, USA

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Home to a real-life super volcano, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has some really impressive geological features - like a Grand Canyon and mammoth hot springs . While the super volcano sits dormant and won't be erupting anytime soon, there's no better time than now to explore America's great outdoors - from your laptop.

Get up close and personal with all the bubbling basins and mud volcanos you fancy, with Yellowstone's virtual tours, available on their website .

Stonehenge, England

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One of the biggest mysteries out there is the origin of Stonehenge. Now you and your little ones can learn all about it from the comfort of your own living room, with their in-depth and informative virtual tour.

Click on the pulsing icons on the video to dive deeper into the mystery. Learn all about this marvel of human (or alien?) creation.

Kenai Fjords, USA 

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In Alaska, one of the northwest (read: coldest) states in the USA is home to a whole host of glaciers, fjords and icebergs. Through Google Arts & Culture you can explore this chilly new world on a virtual kayak. Take in the beautiful scenery right through to the darkest, iciest crevasses.

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Virtual tours of theme parks

The World of Harry Potter

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Virtual tours for kids don't come more magical than Harry Potter's wizarding world! Using this amazing tool from Google Maps , you can explore all the places J.K Rowling's magic world was based on. See the London market that was the inspiration for Diagon Alley and the famous Platform 9 3/4 that whisked the witches and wizards off to Hogwarts.

While you might not be able to enjoy the treats of Honeyduke's sweet shop or jump on the Hogwarts Express, this tour is the closest thing to it!

Online tours of castles, landmarks and palaces

The Tower of London 

Tower of London, one of the virtual tours for kids available for free online

Getting tickets to the Tower of London over any school holiday normally requires queues of at least an hour. This time around though, it's not only free but there's no queuing needed!

Simply visit the Tower of London on YouVisit.com for a fully guided tour around this iconic site in London. Alongside an explanation of the history of the fortress, which sits in the middle of the city and has done for hundreds of years, there's there's a walk through of the crown jewels (which are still kept in the tower today) and even a tour around the infamous Bloody Tower.

Complete with audio and a 360 degree walking view of all buildings on the site, this is one of the best tours we've seen this year. Kids are set for a history lesson unlike any they've seen before!

The White House

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Ever wanted to see inside the White House? In this free Facebook video, former president Barack Obama takes us on a tour of the historical home, and the 360 feature allows viewers to look around at their own pace. The narration provides fascinating insight and history into how the White House came to be.

Windsor Castle, England

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Windsor Castle is the oldest occupied castle in the world! Although the Queen regularly spends her time here at the weekends, it's open to the public to come and have a look around.

Now, they've gone one step further and offered an online virtual tour of the castle. Set up for a state banquet, you can zoom in, out and use the "i" information icons to learn all about the room. It's a picture perfect experience for kids fascinated by history.

Buckingham Palace, England

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Ever wanted to see inside the Queen’s royal residence?

You can now have a nosey around some of the vast rooms in Buckingham Palace. The tour was originally created in honour of London Fashion Week 2018, so many of the exhibits on show are of extravagant clothes fit for a king. Housed in extravagant rooms you can see it all through this feature by Google Arts and Culture.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

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Can you spot Queen Mary of Scot’s initials above the doorframe in Edinburgh Castle?

Thanks to Google Arts and Culture, you can have a look inside the famous Scottish castle and learn all about the infamous kings and queens that once walked around inside its walls.

Roman Baths, England

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Take a dip into the Roman times with this walkthrough of the Roman baths in Bath. Their virtual tour really makes you feel like you’re there, as you walk through the entrance and by-pass the ticket office – straight into the centre of the site.

The link panel on the right side of your screen will help you navigate and teach all curious minds about the people who bathed here and gods who were worshipped.

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12 of the Best Virtual Museums for Kids

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The digital world is vast and holds thousands of ways for parents and kids alike to explore. Virtual museums are an up-and-coming part of the online realm that offers hours of new knowledge and entertainment. With dozens of options, you and your children can dive into uncharted areas of interest and discover unfamiliar worlds.

What Is a Virtual Museum?

As the world transitions to all things virtual , museums are becoming an online hit. A virtual museum is a digital version of the exhibits and artworks of the traditional physical museum.

The internet can be a great host for virtual museums in different ways. A museum can be an augmented model that simulates the experience of going through the exhibits, reading about each piece and exploring. It can also simply be photos, videos, and excerpts that offer knowledge about the museum’s contents.

You can click your way through various digital museums. Your children can discover new things about art, history, animals and nature, science , technology, literature, culture , and so much more. A virtual visit saves money, too. Instead of traveling to your destination, you can enjoy it at home. Many of the digital shows will be free and just as engaging as they are in person.

Virtual museums foster an enlightening learning environment for any age group. Kids have a wide range of interests—some may love history and animals, while others engage with technology and art. No matter what they are into, museums have something that will pique their interest.

Whether your child wants to visit a virtual museum for a class assignment, as a part of their academic help, or simply for fun, the options are endless. Here are some of the best virtual museums to visit:

1. Boston Children’s Museum

In Massachusetts, the Boston Children’s Museum offers virtual tours of its different hands-on experiences. Your child can see the museum from a new perspective—one where they have the place to themselves.

2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met is taking its online tour options to new levels. With access to various features to explore different time periods, exhibits, locations, and inventions, your child will get an immersive experience in different fields. They can use the interactive map to navigate and then dive into the MetKids exclusive digital page.

3. National Museum of African American History & Culture

The NMAAHC is a branch of the Smithsonian that focuses on the life, history, and culture of African Americans. This museum offers new online displays and interactive activities. From centuries past to the present , your child can learn about important historical moments.

4. The Louvre

As one of the most famous museums in the world, The Louvre has opened its virtual doors. You and your family can go on engaging online tours  of different exhibits throughout the museum, exploring galleries and antiques.

5. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian is drawing people in with its virtual tours. On top of its current online presentations, the museum is bringing past displays to the digital world. From dinosaur fossils to natural history , the whole family can engage with the Smithsonian.

6. National Museum of Korea

If you’re looking to reach the far corners of the world, the National Museum of Korea in South Korea has fascinating online showcases. From archeology to history to educational programs, this institution offers a well-rounded approach to learning about a different culture.

7. San Diego Zoo

If your kid is an animal lover, the San Diego Zoo’s live cams will be a hit. They’ll be able to watch koalas, hippos, tigers, and dozens of other animals from the comfort of home.

8. Getty Museum

Through Google Arts and Culture, you and your child can view different exhibits in the Getty Museum. Explore the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the 21st century through artwork, beautiful gardens, and stunning architecture.

9. Monterey Bay Aquarium

Similar to the San Diego Zoo, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has live cams for watching different animals. You and your child can see jellyfish, sharks , otters, and penguins. The aquarium has hundreds of animals that will keep you entertained for hours.

10. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

The classic British author has his own museum with virtual displays  for the whole family. Exploring this author’s world offers an escape into his stories and experiences.

NASA is offering multiple  virtual tours and platforms for exploring all aspects of the organization. Investigate the Glenn Research Center or explore the spacecraft augmented reality (AR) app. No matter which activity you choose, your child can learn and have fun.

12. National Women’s History Museum

The National Women’s History Museum  has transitioned several of its exhibits to the online realm. You and your child can learn about various historical moments in women’s history. For instance, you can see a presentation about the women of NASA and women in STEM.

Virtual Exploration

The virtual museum trend will likely stick around for a while. These explorations offer new perspectives and access to learning like never before. When you and your child visit a virtual museum, you open yourselves up to a new world.

If you want to continue your child’s virtual education in the fall school year, visit K12.com to learn more about online schools!

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10 best virtual museum tours to take with kids right now

You can take kids on 1000s of virtual museum tours all over the world right now. Because museum doors might be temporarily closed for real, but their creativity’s wide open and every single one is working hard to liven up lockdown for families.

Plus, unlike actual museum visits, virtual tours can be as long or short as kids like; there are plenty of activities to give parent/teachers a bit of a breather, and virtually exploring the art world is a great way for grandparents to spend time with grandkids too. Here are 10 worldwide museums at home we’ve tried and tested and liked a lot:

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Art Institute of Chicago

One of the biggest museums in the US, the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection highlights include American Gothic by Grant Wood, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and Sunday on La Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat. Virtually visit any time with kids to try anything from activities and art projects to interactively exploring individual artworks.

We recommend:

  • Journey Maker – kids custom make their own art adventures round the museum.
  • The Wonderground Map – 1914 London Underground map full of interactive surprises.
  • Forged in Steel – see how intricate Elizabethan field armour was constructed.
  • What To See In An Hour – virtual tour of the museum highlights.

Take a virtual museum tour of the Art Institute of Chicago with kids

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Getty, Los Angeles

The Getty Center and Getty Villa in Los Angeles attract millions of visitors each year so no surprise to find Getty’s one of the most exciting virtual visits right now too. Go with kids for specially curated exhibitions and videos, podcasts and access to downloadable art books from the museum library.

  • How an Ancient Egyptian was mummified – from the Getty video collection.
  • Learn how to draw with charcoal – Getty interactive education videos.
  • Art books to download – the Getty virtual library has over 300 books.
  • Michelangelo: Mind of the Master – just one of the Getty’s current online exhibitions.

Take a virtual museum tour of the Getty with kids

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Musée du Louvre, Paris

The world’s largest museum, and most visited, the Louvre’s an old master at virtual tours and it’s where kids can see the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory of Samothrace – without a sea of adult heads in the way, for a change.

  • One Minute in a Museum – Louvre art-explainer cartoons for under 12s.
  • A Closer Look: Mona Lisa – magnifying glass tour of the Da Vinci legend.
  • Remains of the Louvre’s moat – underground tour of the medieval museum.
  • From Hercules to Darth Vader – uncovers the myths behind the art

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Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum has always been big on getting kids involved in its collection and isn’t letting lockdown get in the way of that. Its virtual experiences are incredibly well designed, all available in English and there’s even a range of online art classes for older kids and adults.

  • Operation Night Watch – watch Rembrandt’s masterpiece being restored on-site.
  • Rijksmuseum from Home – comfort zone art tours with museum experts.
  • From Student to Master – basic art technique lessons (regularly updated).
  • Masterpieces Up Close – virtual tours of the museum collection.

Take a virtual museum tour of  the Rijksmuseum with kids

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Guggenheim Museum, New York

Guggenheim At Large isn’t new but it’s even more dynamic at the moment to make up for the world’s most famous modern art museum being temporarily closed. Kids might not be able to stand in front of an actual Jackson Pollock (how many movies have used that scene?) but the virtual experiences get them pretty close.

  • Sketch with Jeff – art lessons (kids can tag their work #sketchwithjeff and share on Instagram).
  • Time Together – virtual art projects to do with extended family (perfect for grandparents)
  • Guggenheim Family Tours at Home – virtual museum visits just for families.
  • Kids’ Art Kits – downloadable art projects to keep kids busy and creative right now.

Take a virtual museum tour of  the Guggenheim Museum New York with kids

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Met’ is another New York art legend actively engaging with young virtual visitors at the moment. #metkids is colourful, interactive and completely absorbing for under 12s and older kids should definitely start their visit with Met Stories.

  • Met Stories – meet the couples who met at the Met.
  • Explore the Map – #metkids meets Where’s Wally.
  • Time Machine – programme a #metkids personal art-world tour.
  • How can art tell us about who we are? – one of many #metkids videos.

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Tate Modern, London

Almost no other museum in the world reaches out to kids like Tate Modern. Its online resources are always excellent, but they’ve gone into overdrive during the past year and become a go-to for everything from craft sessions to seriously good fun homework-help.

  • Make a Unicorn Puppet – you have everything you need for this at home, promise.
  • Which Arty Sport Should You Play? – one of dozens of online art games and quizzes.
  • Who is Marcel Duchamp? – part of the kid-shaped ‘Explore’ series.
  • Upload art to Tate Kids – kids create and share on the online gallery.

Take a virtual museum tour of   Tate Modern with kids

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Natural History Museum, London

Europe’s most visited natural history museum gives families 14 different ways to explore virtually just now. It might not be exactly like the real thing, but kids will never get this close to the mammoth skeleton of Hope, the Blue Whale, or have David Attenborough give them a personal tour of the legendary Hintze Hall.

  • Explore Dippy’s skull – one of several 3D models from the Imaging & Analysis Centre.
  • Zoom in on Beetles – a look inside the museum’s creepy and amazing insect drawers.
  • Virtual Museum Tour – zoom in on over 300,000 exhibits around the museum.
  • Fantastic Beasts – 360° tour of astonishing beasts with games and puzzles.

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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Scotland’s national museum might be closed at the moment but kids can still explore its wildly diverse collection online. There’s also interactive learning experiences covering everything from making rosettes for Clydesdale horses to Mexican paper art and drawing penguins.

  • Inspired Yoga – learn yoga poses inspired by the museum collection.
  • Play & Learn – kids get to know the museum with online games.
  • Watch & Explore – add some new skills (like Mandarin) to lockdown learning.
  • The Bridgeness Roman Distance Slab – one of a series of 7 minutes reads for older kids.

Take a virtual museum tour of  the National Museum of Scotland with kids

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Google Arts and Culture

More than 2000 museums around the world are on the Google Arts and Culture platform and adding to their own virtual experiences with a range of 360° tours, street views and in-depth tools to let kids see some of earth’s greatest art up close and at home.

  • Art Filter app – take a picture with Frida Kahlo’s monkey.
  • Blob Opera – compose your own tunes.
  • World Heritage – tour UNESCO sites like the Taj Mahal from home.
  • Art Coloring Book – pick an artwork and turn it into a colouring-in project.

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Now, you can take a tour of DISCOVERY Children’s Museum without ever even leaving your house! Our friends over at  Taurion Media  put together this exciting virtual tour experience that allows guests to explore our three floors of heart-pumping, brain-boosting, curiosity-quenching fun, adventure, and DISCOVERY!

For an even more fun experience, take out your virtual reality device and experience the excitement as if you are there.

And…there’s even a fun game built right into the tour. While browsing around, see if you can find the ten hidden leprechauns. Anyone who does will get 10% off their online ticket purchase!

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National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours

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The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.

Virtual Tour Tips

  • To navigate between adjoining rooms in the tours, click on the blue arrow links on the floor or use the navigation map in the upper right of the presentation screen.
  • Look for the camera icon which gives you a close-up view of a particular object or exhibit panel.
  • Try zooming in as some of the images are stitched together from individual pictures in order to create very high resolution gigapixel images.

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The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World [Art, History, Science, and Technology]

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The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World [Art, History, Science, and Technology]

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1. the albertina museum (vienna, austria), 2. art institute of chicago (chicago, illinois), 3. benaki museum (athens, greece), 4. the broad (los angeles, california), 5. centre pompidou (paris, france), 6. the dalí theatre-museum (figueres, spain), 7. detroit institute of arts (detroit, michigan), 8. frick collection (new york city, new york), 9. galleria dell’accademia (florence, italy), 10. georgia o’keeffe museum (sante fe, new mexico), 11. grand palais (paris, france), 12. hermitage museum (saint petersburg, russia), 13. high museum of art (atlanta, georgia), 14. the j. paul getty museum (los angeles, california), 15. kunsthaus zürich (zürich, switzerland), 16. la galleria nazionale (rome, italy), 17. los angeles county museum of art (lacma) (los angeles, california), 18. mauritshuis (the hague, netherlands), 19. the metropolitan museum of art (new york city, new york), 20. musée du louvre (paris, france), 21. musée d’orsay (paris, france), 22. museo nacional del prado (madrid, spain), 23. museo frida kahlo (mexico city, mexico), 24. museo nacional centro de arte reina sofía (madrid, spain), 25. museu de arte de são paulo (são paulo, brazil), 26. museum of broken relationships (los angeles, california and zagreb, croatia), 27. museum of fine arts, boston (boston, massachusetts), 28. museum of fine arts, houston (houston, texas), 29. the museum of modern art (moma) (new york city, new york), 30. national gallery (london, england), 31. national gallery of art (washington, d.c.), 32. national gallery of victoria (victoria, melbourne, australia), 33. national museum of china (beijing, china), 34. national museum of korea (seoul, south korea), 35. national museum, new delhi (new delhi, india), 36. national museum of modern and contemporary art (seoul, south korea), 37. national palace museum (taipei, taiwan), 38. national portrait gallery (washington, d.c.), 39. pergamonmuseum (berlin, germany), 40. picasso museum (barcelona, spain), 41. rijksmuseum (amsterdam, netherlands), 42. san francisco museum of modern art (san francisco, california), 43. sistine chapel at the vatican museums (vatican city), 44. solomon r. guggenheim museum (new york city, new york), 45. tate modern (london, england), 46. thyssen-bornemisza museum (madrid, spain), 47. tokyo national museum (tokyo, japan), 48. uffizi gallery (florence, italy), 49. van gogh museum (amsterdam, netherlands), 50. victoria and albert museum (london, england), 1. american museum of natural history (new york city, new york), 2. the british museum (london, england), 3. national museum of anthropology (mexico city, mexico), 4. national museum of natural history (washington, d.c.), 5. natural history museum (london, england), 1. london science museum (london, england), 2. museo galileo (florence, italy), 3. the museum of flight (seattle, washington), 4. the museum of natural sciences of belgium (brussels, belgium), 5. museum of science, boston (boston, massachusetts), 6. national aeronautics and space administration (nasa) (washington, d.c.), 7. national air and space museum (washington, d.c.), 8. national museum of computing (bletchley park, england), 9. national museum of the united states air force (riverside, ohio), 10. oxford university’s history of science museum (oxford, england), 1. acropolis museum (athens, greece), 2. american battlefield trust virtual battlefield tours, 3. anne frank house (amsterdam, netherlands), 4. franklin d. roosevelt presidential library and museum (hyde park, new york), 5. national museum of african american history and culture (washington, d.c.), 6. national museum of american history (washington, d.c.), 7. national museum of scotland (edinburgh, scotland), 8. national women’s history museum (alexandria, virginia), 9. terra cotta warriors of xi’an at emperor qinshihuang’s mausoleum site museum (xi’an, china), 10. u.s. holocaust memorial museum (washington, d.c.), final thoughts.

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You can now access collections from many of the world’s top museums without ever leaving home! We’ve put together an ultimate list of 75 world-class museums that offer virtual tours you can visit from the comfort of your couch.

Many of the virtual tours include exhibit walk-throughs and the ability to examine some of the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal. These virtual tours are jam-packed with enough details to make you feel like you’re really visiting the museum. The experiences are sure to entertain the whole family, an art or history buff, or even those who want to imagine the joys of travel!

We’ve broken our list into 4 easy-to-review sections, including art, natural history, science and technology, and history museums. So whether you prefer to take in a painting at the Van Gogh Museum, check out an SR-71 Blackbird at the Museum of Flight, or gaze upon the Rosetta Stone, this list has it all!

Many of the virtual exhibits in this article are offered through a collaboration with Google Arts and Culture. If you’re not familiar, Google Arts and Culture is an online platform that showcases high-resolution images and videos of artworks and cultural artifacts from more than 2,000 museums throughout the world. You can zoom in and out of images in great detail and view some of the best pieces of artwork ever created without leaving your couch.

The platform is available in 18 languages and has been praised internationally for increasing access to art to those who may have not had the opportunity otherwise. It’s available for web , iOS , and Android .

50 Art Museums With Virtual Tours

Albertina

Year Opened:  1805

The Albertina Museum features one of the most important European collections of international modern art and houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with approximately 65,000 drawings and 1 million old master prints. Hundreds of the works housed in the museum, like “Study for the Last Supper” by Da Vinci and “The Water Lily Pond” by Monet, can be viewed online thanks to a partnership with Google Arts and Culture.

To view the online exhibits, click here .

Art Institute of Chicago

Year Opened: 1879

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S., hosting approximately 1.5 million people annually. Its collection features more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world and contains more than 300,000 works of art in 11 curatorial departments.

The online tour allows you to view major pieces from the museum’s collection, such as “American Gothic,” “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” and “Nighthawks.” The site also offers projects to get creative at home, educator resources, and JourneyMaker, a digital tool that allows visitors to create unique, personalized tours of the museum.

To view the online tour, click here .

Benaki Museum Athens

Year Opened: 1930

Established in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis, the Benaki Museum houses Greek works of art from prehistoric to modern times and an extensive collection of Asian art. It also hosts periodic exhibitions and maintains a state-of-the-art restoration and conservation workshop.

The entire museum can be viewed virtually in great detail.

To view the online virtual tour, click here .

The Broad

Year Opened: 2015

The Broad is a contemporary art museum named for philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. The Broad houses a nearly 2,000-piece collection of contemporary art, featuring 200 artists including works by Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. Notable installations include Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room” (pictured above) and Ragnar Kjartansson’s expansive 9-screen video “The Visitors.”

The Broad has put together a series of YouTube videos to give you a first-hand look at the museum.

Centre Pompidou

Year Opened : 1977

The Centre Pompidou, named after the president of France from 1969 to 1974, is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art in Europe and the second-largest in the world. The museum has more than 12,000 pieces of artwork on display, including works by Kandinsky, Dalí, and Valadon.

The Centre has dozens of videos available on its YouTube channel that provide walk-throughs of the museum and explanations of its most important works.

To view the video tours, click here .

Salvador Dali Mae West

Year Opened : 1974

Dedicated to the life and work of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, the Dalí Theatre-Museum displays the single largest and most diverse collection of works by the artist. In addition to Dalí paintings from all decades of his career, there are Dalí sculptures, 3-dimensional collages, mechanical devices, and other curiosities from Dalí’s imagination. Through the website, guests can take a virtual tour in 360-degree of the entire museum.

To view the virtual tour, click here .

Detroit Institute of Arts

Year Opened: 1885

With more than 100 galleries covering over 658,000 square feet, the Detroit Institute of Arts has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the U.S. Its collection features works spanning from ancient Egypt and Europe all the way to modern contemporary art.

The museum has put together “ At Home With DIA ” to offer school field trips from home, weekly film screenings, senior resources, and home projects. DIA also has a partnership with Google Arts and Culture to provide online exhibits including:

  • Frida Kahlo in Detroit
  • Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists
  • Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry
  • Self Portrait on the Borderline between Mexico and the United States

Frick Collection

Year Opened: 1935

Located in the Henry Clay Frick House, the Frick Collection houses the art collection of industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The collection features some of the best-known paintings by major European artists, including Bellini, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, as well as numerous works of sculpture and porcelain.

The entire museum can be viewed virtually.

Statue of David

Year Opened : 1784

The Galleria dell’Accademia, while small compared to other museums featured, is still the second most visited museum in Italy. Its command of visitors is in large part due to its display of perhaps the most famous sculpture in history — Michaelangelo’s statue of David.

You can view a short, video-guided tour of the museum, which includes 360-degree viewing, allowing you to get a close look at the museum’s offerings.

To view the video tour, click here .

Georgia OKeeffe Museum

Year Opened: 1997

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and her contributions to American Modernism. The museum’s collection includes many of O’Keeffe’s key works, ranging from her innovative abstractions to her iconic large-format flower, skull, and landscape paintings, to paintings of architectural forms, rocks, shells, and trees. Initially, the collection was made of 140 O’Keeffe paintings, watercolors, pastels, and sculptures, but now includes nearly 1,200 objects.

The museum website offers creative activities, stories, and education about Georgia O’Keeffe’s life, along with several virtual exhibits available through Google Arts and Culture, including:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe
  • American Modernism
  • United States

Grand Palais

Year Opened : 1900

The Grand Palais is a large historic site, exhibition hall, and museum dedicated to the organization of exhibitions, publishing books, art workshops, photographic agency, and hosting major fairs and events. The museum receives 2.5 million visitors each year. The partnership with Google Arts and Culture brings extensive online exhibits to life, from the construction of the building to the masterpieces that lie within it.

Hermitage Museum

Year Opened : 1764

The Hermitage Museum is the second-largest and eighth-most visited art museum in the world. The Hermitage has more than 60,000 pieces of artwork on display, including the “Peacock Clock” by James Cox, “Madonna Litta” by Leonardo Da Vinci, and works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Antonio Canova.

The online tour is extremely comprehensive and allows you to virtually walk through all 6 buildings in the main complex, treasure gallery, and several exhibition projects.

High Museum of Art HeartMatch

Year Opened : 1905

The High Museum of Art offers over 15,000 works of art in its collection and is the leading art museum in the southeastern U.S. The museum focuses on 19th- and 20th-century American art, historic and contemporary decorative arts and design, European paintings, modern and contemporary art, photography, folk and self-taught art, and African art.

The museum’s partnership with Google Arts and Culture also offers online exhibits for viewing including:

  • Bill Traylor’s Drawings of People, Animals, and Events
  • How Iris van Herpen Transformed Fashion
  • Incredible, Innovative, and Unexpected Contemporary Furniture Designs
  • Photos From the Civil Rights Movement

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Year Opened: 1953

The J. Paul Getty Museum is made up of 2 campuses — the Getty Center and Getty Villa — that receive more than 2 million visitors per year. The Getty Center features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts and photographs from the 1830s through present-day from all over the world. The Getty Villa displays art from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

The museum has put together online resources like art books, online exhibitions, podcasts, and videos, all viewable on its website .

It has also partnered with Google Arts and Culture to showcase online exhibits including:

  • 18th Century Pastel Portraits
  • The Art of Three Faiths: Torah, Bible, Qur’an
  • Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
  • Getty Museum Acquisitions 2019
  • Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well

To view the online galleries, click here .

Kunsthaus Zürich

Year Opened : 1910

The Kunsthaus Zürich features one of Switzerland’s most important art collections from the 13th century to the present day. While the museum places an emphasis on Swiss artists, including Alberto Giacometti, you’ll also find work from the likes of Monet, Picasso, and Warhol.

The museum’s partnership with Google Arts and Culture has digitized several of the museum’s best collections for viewing.

La Galleria Nazionale

Year Opened: 1883

La Galleria Nazionale displays about 1,100 paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries — the largest collection in Italy. It features work from famous Italian artists including Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Alberto Burri, and foreign artists including Cézanne, Monet, Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh.

It has teamed up with Google to offer 16 virtual exhibits for online viewing.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Year Opened: 1910

LACMA is the largest art museum in the western U.S., attracts nearly a million visitors annually, and holds more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present.

The website (click LACMA @ Home ) includes exhibition walkthroughs, soundtracks and live recordings, online teaching resources, and courses.

To view the LACMA’s online virtual tour from Google Arts & Culture, click here .

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Year Opened : 1822

The Mauritshuis is home to some of the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age of Art. The museum consists of 854 works by artists like Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt Van Rijn, and Jan Steen. Famous works include “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (pictured above) and “View of Delft” by Vermeer, and “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” by Rembrandt.

The museum has partnered with Google Arts and Culture to bring several of its best works to life for virtual viewing.

To view the Mauritshuis’ online exhibits, click here .

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Year Opened: 1870

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, also known as “The Met,” is the largest art museum in the U.S. and the fourth most visited museum in the world with more than 6 million visitors each year. The permanent collection contains more than 2 million works from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all of the European masters (including Monet’s Water Lillies), and an extensive collection of American and modern art. It also has extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, and Islamic art.

The museum has extensive different online exhibits available for viewing through Google and its own Art at Home website .

Louvre Museum

Year Opened:  1793

The Louvre Palace, which houses the museum, began as a fortress under Philip II in the 12th century to protect the city from English soldiers that were in Normandy. It wasn’t repurposed as a museum until 1793. Now, the Louvre is easily one of the most historic art museums in the world. Not only is the Louvre the largest art museum in the world at 782,910 square feet (72,735 square meters), but it also had 9.6 million visitors in 2019, making it the most visited museum in the world as well. Featured masterpieces include “Mona Lisa,” “Winged Victory of Samothrace,” “Venus de Milo,” and “Hammurabi’s Code.”

The Louvre has several virtual galleries on display, including:

  • The Advent of the Artist, including works from Delacroix, Rembrandt, and Tintoretto
  • Egyptian Antiquities, featuring collections from the Pharaonic period
  • Remains of the Louvre’s Moat — visitors can walk around the original perimeter moat and view the piers that supported the drawbridge dating back to 1190
  • Galerie d’Apollon, destroyed by fire in 1661 and recently rebuilt for viewing

To view the Louvre’s virtual tour page, click here .

Musée d’Orsay

Year Opened: 1986

The Musée d’Orsay is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe and had more than 3.6 million visitors in 2019. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, including works by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Sisley, and Van Gogh.

The museum allows you to virtually walk through one of its popular galleries, featuring hundreds of paintings from French artists.

To view the Musée d’Orsay online gallery, click here .

Museo Del Prado

Year Opened : 1819

The Museo Nacional del Prado is considered to have one of the greatest collections of European art in the world and offers guests the single largest collection of Spanish art. The collection currently comprises around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures. Well-known works include “Las Meninas” by Diego Velázquez, “The Third of May 1808” by Francisco De Goya, and “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch.

The museum’s online gallery allows you to get a close look at over 10,000 different pieces of art. The Prado also offers a 1-hour live show on Instagram every morning at 4 a.m. EST.

To view the online gallery, click here .

Museo Frida Kahlo

Year Opened: 1958

The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House due to its blue walls, is a historic museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The building was Kahlo’s birthplace, the home where she grew up, lived with her husband Diego Rivera for many years, and where she later died in a room on the upper floor. The museum contains a collection of artwork by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and other artists, along with the couple’s Mexican folk art, pre-Hispanic artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, personal items, and more. Find out more in our guide to the best museums in Mexico City .

guernica

Year Opened: 1990

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, also called the Museo Reina Sofía, is one of the most popular art museums in the world. The museum includes large collections of Spain’s 2 most popular artists, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Famous works on display include “Guernica” and “Woman in Blue” by Picasso and “Cubist Self Portrait” by Dalí.

You can view collections of artwork at the Reina Sofía through its partnership with Google Arts and Culture.

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Year Opened: 1947

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is Brazil’s first modern art museum. The museum is internationally recognized for its collection of European art, as it’s considered the finest museum in Latin America and all of the Southern Hemisphere. The museum primarily features Brazilian art, prints, and drawings, as well as smaller collections of African and Asian art, antiquities, decorative arts, and others, amounting to more than 8,000 pieces. MASP also has one of the largest art libraries in the country.

You can now take a virtual tour of online galleries the museum has to offer, including:

  • Art from Brazil until 1900
  • Art from Italy: Rafael to Titian
  • Art from France: from Delacroix to Cézanne
  • Art in Fashion
  • Histories of Madness: The Drawings of Juquery
  • Picture Gallery in Transformation

Museum of Broken Relationships

Year Opened: 2010

The Museum of Broken Relationships is dedicated to failed love relationships. Its exhibits include personal objects left over from former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions. The museum was founded by 2 Zagreb-based artists, film producer Olinka Vištica and sculptor Dražen Grubišić, after their 4-year relationship came to an end.

The virtual tour includes a close-up collection of dozens of the museum’s most interesting pieces.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The 17th largest art museum in the world, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) hosts one of the most extensive art collections in the U.S. It houses over 8,000 paintings, surpassed only by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and exceeds 1 million visitors each year. Pieces by world-renowned artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Monet are featured alongside sculptures, mummies, ceramics, and other artifacts from ancient civilizations.

There are currently 16 online exhibits available for viewing.

Museum of Fine Art Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) is one of the largest museums in the U.S., and its collection features over 64,000 works from 6 continents. The collection places emphasis on pre-Columbian and African gold, Renaissance and Baroque painting and sculpture, 19th- and 20th-century art, photography, and Latin American art. Read our guide to the best museums in Houston for more information.

The museum has 14 online exhibits available for viewing in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture.

The Museum of Modern Art

Year Opened: 1929

Regarded as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world, MoMA’s art collection features an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books, and artist’s books, film, and electronic media. MoMA’s holdings include more than 150,000 individual pieces including Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans” and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” in addition to approximately 22,000 films and 4 million film stills.

MoMA’s website offers 86,000 works of art that can be viewed online, along with a partnership with Google Arts and Culture to create a virtual display of its Sophie Taeber-Arp exhibit.

To view the website’s collection, click here . To view the Google exhibit, click here .

National Gallery London

Year Opened : 1824

The National Gallery features more than 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900, including works such as “Sunflowers” by Van Gogh, “The Virgin on the Rocks” by Da Vinci, and “The Arnolfini Portrait” by Jan Van Eyck.

Its website offers a few virtual tours, showcasing many rooms in the museum, the Sainsbury Wing, and a Google Virtual tour.

National Gallery of Art

Year Opened: 1937

The National Gallery of Art and its attached Sculpture Garden are located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and are open to the public free of charge. The museum was privately established in 1937 for the American people by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress.

The National Gallery is widely considered to be one of the greatest museums in the U.S. It ranks second in total visitors of all American museums, 10th in the world, and features incredible pieces including Jackson Pollock’s “Number 1,” Leonardo da Vinci’s “Ginevra de’ Benci,” and Degas’ “Little Dancer Aged 14.”

The museum has put together a collection of educational resources on its website for teachers, families, and children. It also features online exhibits through Google Arts and Culture including:

  • American Fashion — highlights from 1740 to 1895
  • Johannes Vermeer — Dutch Baroque painter

To view the National Gallery of Art online collection page, click here .

National Gallery of Victoria

Year Opened: 1861

The National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest, largest, and most visited art museum. The museum offers a wide variety of international and Australian art in its collection, including paintings, drawings, photography, and sculptures.

The online tour includes walk-throughs of exhibits, including highlights from the NGV Triennial 2020 and Chinese Collection, as well as exhibits featuring Goya and KAWS.

Resplendence of the Tang Dynasty National Museum of China

Year Opened : 2003

The National Museum of China covers Chinese history from 1.7 million years ago to the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. Notable works include the “Houmuwu” Rectangle Ding, a rectangular bronze sacrificial vessel made in the late Shang Dynasty, the heaviest piece of ancient bronze ware in the world, and a Han Dynasty jade burial suit laced with gold thread. It is one of the largest museums in the world, and the second most visited art museum in the world, just after the Louvre.

The museum has virtual exhibits available for 360-degree viewing including:

  • Resplendence of the Tang Dynasty
  • Sunken Silver

National Museum of Korea

Year Opened : 1909

The National Museum of Korea is the top museum of Korean history and art and has been committed to various studies and research activities in the fields of archaeology, history, and art, continuously developing a variety of exhibitions and education programs.

The museum’s virtual tour provides a 3D walk-through of exhibits, including 1,000 years of Korean design and 500 years of the Joseon Dynasty.

National Museum New Delhi sculpture

Year Opened: 1949

The National Museum, New Delhi is one of the largest museums in India. The museum has around 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ancient texts, armor, and decorative arts ranging from the pre-historic era to modern works — covering over 5,000 years.

The museum has partnered with Google to bring its online exhibits to life, including:

  • Art of Caligraphy
  • Cadence and Counterpoint
  • Indian Bronzes
  • Nauras: The Many Arts of the Deccan
  • Pottery from Ancient Peru
  • Treasures of National Museum, India
  • Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love

Museum of Modern Contemporary Art Seoul

Year Opened: 1969

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art was first established in 1969 as the only national art museum in South Korea, accommodating modern and contemporary art of Korea and international art of different time periods. The museum features over 7,000 pieces of artwork, including works of contemporary Korean artists such as Go Hui-dong, Ku Bon-ung, Park Su-geun, and Kim Whan-ki.

Google’s virtual tour takes you through 6 floors of contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Garden of Compassion and Tranquility at National Palace Museum Taipei

Year Opened : 1965

The National Palace Museum has a collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks. The collection encompasses 8,000 years of history of Chinese art, including jade, paintings, bronzes, and porcelain that were formerly held in the Forbidden City of Peking.

The museum offers 360-degree virtual tours of many different exhibits.

To view the virtual tours, click here .

National Portrait Gallery

Year Opened : 1962

The National Portrait Gallery has a collection of over 21,000 works of art. The collection focuses on images of famous Americans and how they’ve shaped U.S. culture. A major attraction of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection is the Hall of Presidents, which contains portraits of nearly all American presidents. It is the largest and most complete collection in the world, except for the White House collection itself.

The museum has several collections featured on Google Arts and Culture, but also offers digital workshops, and distance learning resources for children and teachers.

To view the online resources, click here .

Pergamon Altar, view of the Gigantomachy frieze / north risalit

The Pergamonmuseum houses monumental buildings, such as the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Market Gate of Miletus reconstructed from the ruins found in Anatolia, as well as the Mshatta Facade. The museum is subdivided into the antiquity collection, the Middle East museum, and the museum of Islamic art. It is visited by over 1 million people every year.

The museum has dozens of structures and other artifacts that can be viewed online.

Museu Picasso

Year Opened: 1963

The Picasso Museum, located in the heart of Barcelona’s Latin Quarter, is visited by millions every year. They come to marvel at the best works of Picasso, perhaps the most famous painter of all, but stay to marvel at the best-preserved medieval architecture in Barcelona. With 4,251 works by the painter exhibited, the museum has one of the most complete permanent collections of his works.

The online tour offers a large selection of Picasso’s finest works, as well as virtual tours of the museum’s beautiful courtyards.

Rijksmuseum

Year Opened: 1798

The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1798 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first located in the Royal Palace. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened in 1885. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history from the years 1200 to 2000, and a total collection of 1 million objects. The museum features masterpieces including Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” and “The Jewish Bride,” plus works by Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer, who are known to have been major contributors to the Golden Age of Dutch art.

Google offers a street view tour of some excellent art pieces located in the museum, and the museum has put together an entire virtual tour of all of the museum’s masterpieces viewable on its website.

To view the Google street view tour, click here . You can also view the museum’s From Home microsite and masterpieces tour .

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SFMOMA

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is composed of over 33,000 works of art spread throughout 7 gallery floors and 45,000 square feet of space. Following a 3-year closure for expansion, the museum reopened in 2016 and is now one of San Francisco’s must-see destinations.

SFMOMA’s website is updated regularly with videos and articles regarding current exhibits, projects, and artist showcases and provides behind-the-scenes looks of the museum. 

To view the museum’s multimedia features, click here .

Read our guide to the best museums in San Francisco to find out more.

Sistine Chapel

Year Opened: 1483

The Sistine Chapel, located inside of the Apostolic Palace (the official residence of the pope in Vatican City), is easily the most popular chapel in the world. The chapel is famous for its magnificent ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, and is considered to be one of the best artworks to come out of the Italian Renaissance. The primary panels of the ceiling showcase 9 scenes from the Book of Genesis, of which “The Creation of Adam” (pictured above) is the best known and most recognized.

Its website offers a virtual tour of the chapel’s most stunning sites, including the ability to marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling from the comfort of your couch.

Guggenheim NYC

Year Opened: 1939

The Guggenheim Museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939. It is the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early modern, and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year.

Google’s  Street View feature lets you tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase and some of its art pieces. It also offers a handful of online collections on its website .

Tate Modern

Year Opened: 2000

Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world, consisting of art dating from 1900 until today. The gallery receives over 5 million visitors a year, making it the sixth most visited art museum in the world and the most visited in the U.K.

The Tate Modern has published dozens of videos on its YouTube channel that give you an in-depth look at many of its exhibits, including the Andy Warhol exhibit and the Aubrey Beardsley exhibit.

To view the Tate Modern’s YouTube channel, click here .

Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

Year Opened: 1992

Located in Madrid, the Thyssen has over 1,600 paintings inside its walls and was once the second-largest private collection in the world after the British Royal Collection. It includes works from the Italian primitives, the English, Dutch, and German schools, Impressionists, Expressionists, and European and American paintings from the 20th century. It also features pieces from the continent’s most celebrated artists including Rembrandt and Dalí.

The virtual tour includes a detailed look at the permanent collection, along with exhibits including the Rembrandt and Impressionist galleries.

Tokyo National Museum

Year Opened : 1872

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest art museum in Japan, and one of the largest art museums in the world. At the museum, you’ll find a collection of artwork and cultural objects from Asia, ancient and medieval Japanese art, and Asian art along the Silk Road.

The museum has teamed up with Google’s Arts and Culture to provide an inside look at what the museum has to offer.

Uffizi Gallery

Year Opened: 1581

The Uffizi was designed by Giorgio Vasari for Cosimo I de’ Medici, whose family members were by far the largest patrons of art in Renaissance Italy. The museum now spans over 139,000 square feet with 101 different rooms that house its art pieces, including famous pieces such as “The Birth of Venus.” Over 2 million people visit the Uffizi each year, making it the most viewed art museum in Italy.

The museum has teamed up with Google to showcase online galleries including:

  • Piero di Cosimo, Perseus Freeing Andromeda
  • The Santa Trinita Maestà, Cimabue
  • The Creative Process Behind Federico Barocci’s Drawings
  • Drawings by Amico Aspertini and other Bolognese artists

Van Gogh Museum

Year Opened: 1973

The Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to perhaps one of the most famous artists of all time — Vincent Van Gogh. The museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters. The museum has over 2 million visitors each year and is the 23rd most visited art museum in the world. Find out more in our review to the best museums in Amsterdam .

The museum has teamed up with Google to create online exhibits on Vincent Van Gogh’s love life and the books he loved to read. You can also visit the museum’s website for a selection of things to do for young children, including school lessons and coloring pages.

Dior Exhibit Victoria and Albert Museum

Year Opened : 1852

The Victoria and Albert Museum collection spans 5,000 years of art from Europe, North America, Asia, and North Africa. The collection of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewelry, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings, and photographs is among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

The virtual tour, in partnership with Google Arts and Culture, offers several online exhibits ranging from fashion to surrealism.

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American Museum of Natural History

Year Opened : 1869

One of the largest natural history museums in the world, the American Museum of Natural History contains 34 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts.

The museum’s 360-degree virtual tours offer an up-close look at permanent exhibits, current exhibits, past exhibits, and research stations.

British Museum

Year Opened: 1759

The British Museum is one of the largest in the world and houses over 8 million works within its walls. Established in 1759, it was the first public national museum in the world. Visitors can tour the great court and view some of the most famous objects in history, like the Elgin Marbles of Greece and the Rosetta Stone of Egypt.

The Museum is the world’s largest indoor space on Google Street View and you can go on a virtual visit to more than 60 galleries.

The British Museum also has virtual galleries on display, including:

  • Prints and Drawings

To visit the British Museum’s virtual tour page, click here .

National Museum of Anthropology Sun Stone

Year Opened: 1964

The National Museum of Anthropology is the largest and most visited museum in all of Mexico. The museum contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage, such as the Stone of the Sun (or the Aztec calendar stone) and the Aztec Xochipilli statue.

The museum has made more than 100 items available for Google visitors to explore from home.

To view the museum’s online collection, click here .

Smithsonian Natural History

Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is the 11th most visited museum in the world and the most visited natural history museum in the world. With over 325,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum’s collections contain over 145 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts — the largest natural history collection in the world. Highlights of the collection include the Hope Diamond and the Star of Asia Sapphire.

You can view all of these specimens from the comfort of your home as the museum has dozens of different online exhibits that can all be accessed on its website.

To view the museum’s virtual tour, click here .

Natural History Museum London

Year Opened: 1881

Undoubtably one of the best Museums in London , the Natural History Museum in London showcases 80 million life and earth science specimens of great historical and scientific value, even housing pieces collected by Charles Darwin. There are 5 categories within the museum: botany , entomology , mineralogy , paleontology , and zoology . Over 5 million people visit this museum each year, making it the most visited natural history museum in Europe.

One of the museum’s most prominent displays is the skeleton of an 82-foot long blue whale named Hope, which you can learn more about through a self-guided virtual tour, along with several other galleries. 

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London Science Museum

Year Opened : 1857

The London Science Museum holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including famous items such as Stephenson’s Rocket, Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine, some of the earliest remaining steam engines, and documentation of the first typewriter.

Thanks to Google Street View, guests can take a virtual tour of the entire museum, or watch curator gallery guides on the museum’s YouTube channel.

To view the virtual tour or videos, click here .

Museo Galileo

Dedicated to the scientist and astronomer Galileo Galilei, the Museo Galilei is housed in an 11th-century palace known as the Palazzo Castellini. The museum has a collection of over 5,000 ancient scientific instruments dating back to the 13th century, and among its most notable items is the telescope Galileo used to discover the satellites of Jupiter.

Visitors from around the world have the opportunity to explore the inside of the museum and can access more than 1,000 permanent exhibition objects through the online catalog.

The Museum of Flight

Year Opened: 1965

The Museum of Flight is the largest private air and space museum in the world and attracts over 500,000 visitors every year. The museum has more than 150 aircraft in its collection, including the Lockheed Model 10-E Electra (the aircraft Amelia Earhart was piloting when she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean), Boeing 747s, and the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (pictured above).

The museum offers 360-degree tours that let you step inside dozens of these iconic aircraft.

The Museum of Natural Sciences of Belgium

Year Opened: 1846

The Museum of Natural Sciences of Belgium is dedicated to natural history and is part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The dinosaur hall of the museum is the world’s largest museum hall completely dedicated to dinosaurs, and its most important pieces are 30 fossilized Iguanodon skeletons, which were discovered in 1878 in Bernissart.

It has partnered with Google to set up virtual exhibits for viewing, including:

  • 360-degree guided tour
  • The Bernissart Iguanodons
  • From Salehanthropus to Homo Sapiens
  • Over 250 Years of Natural Sciences
  • Past, Present, Future: The Marvels of Evolution

To view the museum’s online exhibits, click here .

Museum of Science Boston

Year Opened: 1830

The Museum of Science, Boston, receiving over 1.5 million visitors annually, is a museum and indoor zoo with more than 700 interactive exhibits and over 100 animals, many of which have been rescued and rehabilitated.

The museum offers a phenomenal virtual tour full of digital exhibits, videos, and audio presentations.

NASA Astronaut Edward White during first EVA performed during Gemini 4 flight

NASA, founded in 1958, was created by the federal government to develop the civilian space program, as well as to conduct aeronautics, space, and astrophysics research. Since its inception, NASA has been responsible for historic space missions including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and the space shuttle.

NASA has partnered with Google Arts and Culture to bring many online exhibits to life to showcase the beauty of space exploration.

Air and Space Museum

Year Opened : 1946

The National Air and Space Museum is a center for the history and science of aviation, spaceflight, planetary science, terrestrial geology, and geophysics. It is the fifth most visited museum in the world (the second most visited in the U.S.), and contains the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, the Friendship 7 capsule, the Wright brothers’ Wright Flyer airplane, and Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis.

The virtual tour offers a 360-degree walk-through of the entire museum.

National Museum of Computing

Year Opened: 2007

The National Museum of Computing is dedicated to collecting and restoring historic computer systems. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of working historic computers dating back to the 1940s, including a rebuilt Mark 2 Colossus computer, alongside an exhibition of the most complex code-cracking activities performed at the Park.

In the 3D virtual tour, viewers can move around the galleries looking at the machines and their descriptions with the added bonus of hyperlinks to video and text explanations providing further detail and history of the exhibits.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Year Opened: 1923

Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Riverside, Ohio, the National Museum of the United States Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display.

The virtual tour allows visitors to take a virtual, 360-degree, self-guided tour of the entire museum by navigating from gallery to gallery.

Oxford University's History of Science Museum

Year Opened: 1683

Oxford’s History of Science Museum holds a leading collection of scientific instruments from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

The museum, ever ahead of the times, has offered virtual tours since 1995. You’ll get to explore the fantastic exhibits and artifacts of some of the most important scientific discoveries in science history.

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West and South Frieze Acropolis Museum

Year Opened : 2009

The Acropolis Museum is centered around the archaeological findings at the site of Athens’ most important structure — the Acropolis. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.

The museum has partnered with Google Arts and Culture to bring the museum to life virtually. Now you can view rock, marble, and sculptures certificates, all of which are thousands of years old, all from the comfort of your couch!

American Battlefield Trust Virtual Battlefield Tours

The American Battlefield Trust Virtual Battlefield Tours offers the incredible opportunity to experience 360-degree virtual tours of more than 20 American Revolution and Civil War battlefields. You can explore Gettysburg, with 15 different stops, each of which features icons that discuss in great detail the history and significance of the battle.

Anne Frank House

Year Opened: 1957

What was once the house where Anne Frank went into hiding during WWII is now a museum dedicated to increasing awareness of Anne’s story and life in the attic. The Anne Frank House was established in cooperation with Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, and now welcomes over 1 million visitors from around the world each year.

The museum’s website offers a virtual reality tour of the annex, along with other educational resources about Anne’s life.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library Museum

Year Opened: 1941

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum holds the records of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd U.S. president (1933 to 1945). The museum showcases the history behind FDR’s story, his presidency, New Deal policies, assassination attempt, and wartime decisions.

The 360-degree online tour gives you a close look at original documents, artifacts, and videos from FDR’s life.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Year Opened: 2003

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African-Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.

The museum website offers more than 15 different online exhibits covering African American history and culture.

Check out its online virtual tour  and digital resources guide .

Smithsonian Museum of American History

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has more than 1.8 million objects that highlight the history of the U.S — including the original Star-Spangled Banner, Julia Child’s kitchen, Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Indiana Jones’ fedora and whip, and more!

The museum offers about 100 online exhibits from its encyclopedic collections, each with a mix of photos, video, graphics, and text on topics ranging through the nation’s entire history.

Dolly the Sheep at National Museums Scotland

Year Opened : 1866

The National Museum of Scotland is dedicated to Scottish antiquities, culture, and history. The museum contains artifacts from around the world, encompassing geology, archaeology, natural history, science, technology, art, and world cultures. Popular items from the collections include Dolly the Sheep, the Arthur’s Seat coffins, and the Cramond Lioness sculpture.

The Museum’s galleries have been captured digitally in partnership with Google Arts & Culture, along with a virtual walk-through thanks to Google Street View.

National Women's History Museum

Year Opened: 1996

Founded in 1996 by Karen Staser, the National Women’s History Museum researches, collects, and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic, and political life of our nation in the context of world history.

Its website currently features 29 different online exhibits!

terra cotta warriors of xian

Year Opened: 1974 (created third century B.C.)

The Terracotta Army at Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210 to 209 B.C. to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The sculptures include warriors, chariots, and horses. Estimates from 2007 were that the 3 pits containing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits near Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum.

The online experience allows you to get up close and personal with the sculptures in a full 360-degree experience!

To view the online virtual experience, click here .

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Year Opened: 1980

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the country’s official memorial to the Holocaust. It is located on the National Mall alongside other monuments dedicated to freedom. Each year, the museum encourages its 1.6 million visitors to promote human dignity, confront hatred, prevent genocide, and strengthen democratic values. The museum’s collection includes millions of archival documents, artifacts, photographs, footage, and a list of over 200,000 registered survivors and their families, among other historical items.

Its website offers a wide selection of educational resources, including a virtual tour, and is available in 16 languages.

There you have it — 75 amazing #MuseumsAtHome options filled with one-of-a-kind artifacts covering art, science, history, and natural history, all of which can be “visited” virtually while you lounge in your pajamas! So whether you’re a massive fan of art, looking for an educational experience for your children, or simply need a way to keep yourself entertained, you can’t go wrong with a virtual tour of any of these world-class museums.

Frequently Asked Questions

What museums have virtual tours.

There are dozens of museums worldwide offering virtual tours — we have 75 on this list alone! But some of our favorites are the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the British Museum!

How much do virtual tours cost?

Every single virtual tour included on our list is completely free of charge!

What is a virtual museum tour?

A virtual museum tour is, in essence, a simulation of what you might experience when visiting the museum in person. Virtual tours are usually comprised of a collection of videos, still images, 3D walkthroughs, and narration that help you feel as though you’re visiting the museum — without actually doing so!

How do you do a virtual tour?

Doing a virtual tour is easy! Often, the museum will have a dedicated website page allowing you to view all of their virtual resources on 1 page.

In the case of museums that have a 3D walkthrough, you can “walk” yourself through the museum by clicking from artwork to artwork, and exhibit to exhibit, as if you were actually visiting the museum in person!

Are virtual tours worth it?

Absolutely! If you’re currently not able to visit a museum in person, but want to experience all it has to offer, a virtual tour allows you to do just that — all from the comforts of your home!

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The Moscow Kremlin  usually referred to as the Kremlin, is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River to the south, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square to the east, and the Alexander Garden to the west.

It is the best known of the Kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. Also within this complex is the Grand Kremlin Palace. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.

The name “Kremlin” means “fortress inside a city”, and is often also used metonymically to refer to the government of the Russian Federation in a similar sense to how “White House” is used to refer to the Executive Office of the President of the United States. It had previously been used to refer to the government of the Soviet Union (1922–1991) and its highest members (such as general secretaries, premiers, presidents, ministers, and commissars). The term “Kremlinology” refers to the study of Soviet and Russian politics.

All of Moscow’s main streets start at  Red Square , so it’s easy to see why this is considered the heart of the city. A massive space of 330 meters by 70 meters, the square is flanked by the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, two cathedrals, and the State Historical Museum. In 1945, a massive Victory Parade was held here to celebrate the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Armed Forces.

St. Basil’s Cathedral , one of the most recognizable buildings on the square, was built in 1555. The unique cathedral has architectural details inspired by Byzantine and Asian designs, as well as details that resemble those found in famous mosques. There are nine individual chapels inside the church, all decorated with colourful mural art.

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What are the best things to do with children in Moscow?

  • Summer: Futuristic parks, river boats and ice caves are perfect attractions for when the temperatures rise above 30.
  • Museums: Russians are very proud of their history, which means that their museums are kept to a world-class standard. Both parents and children alike will be sure to learn something new at one of the many, often unique museums in Moscow.
  • Culture: From the world’s oldest puppet theatre to UNESCO-listed whimsical, wooden palaces there’ll be plenty to treat your little prince or princess to.
  • Winter: New Year is arguably the most magical time to visit Moscow, especially for children. The ice rinks throughout the city, Christmas markets and the magnificent ice-sculpture festival truly make Moscow a winter wonderland. 

Moscow truly is a mega-metropolis like no other. Its non-stop energy and sheer unorthodoxy is sure to enthuse any child with its rebellious, east-meets-west spirit. Just walking down Old Arabat Street— where ancient wooden storehouses are squashed against grey, soviet blocks which are then towered over by blingy high-rises— is sure to appeal to the childish disdain of all things orderly and conventional. Apart from the main sites, there’s a whole host of family-friendly activities in Moscow from the very traditional to the uber, high-tech that will keep your kids entertained.

For Summer Scorchers:

Fun for kids - Summer VDNKh

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VDNKh  is Russia’s version of Disneyland and, to be honest, we think it trumps that tacky theme park by a mile. First things first is its size. At almost 600 acres, this Soviet park has everything; from space museums to soviet shopping outlets to equestrian centers to beaches. In fact, there’s so much to do that there really is no way to cover it all in one day. Our favorite attractions include the ROBO station, the super-cool playgrounds near the aquarium and the world’s biggest ice rink in winter. Better rent out scooters or bikes as well if you plan on seeing at least a fraction of this green gem.

Address: Prospekt Mira, 119 Nearest metro station: VDNKh

Unlike VDNKh, you won’t have to travel far from the centre to seek the lovely lush lawns of  Gorky Park . Come early so that you can grab a beanbag or hammock for yourself while your children have some fun on the colorful playground rides or play ping-pong under the trees. At teatime, head over to the traditional Russian tea house for a brew from a giant samovar. It’s worth staying on for the whole day until dusk when the roof of the park’s planetarium slides open to reveal the wonders of the sky. 

Address: Krymsky Val, 9 Nearest metro station:   Park Kultury

Zaradye Park

Moscow’s brand-new  Zaradye Park  couldn’t be more different from the stern, red brick of the Kremlin that towers over it. Whichever way you look, you’ll be rubbing your eyes to make sure that this other-worldly landscape of floating glass bridges, underground ancient walkways, Siberian tundra and ice caves really does exist. For children, this wild-urban project is the perfect place for them to let some steam off during a day of sightseeing. Thanks to the unbelievable glass-paneled roof that keeps warm air in and the rain out, the lawns are perfect for lounging on all year round. 

Address: Varvarka street, 6 Nearest metro station:  Kitay-gorod

There’s a never-ending stream of tour boats bobbing up and down the Moskva River to hop on to when those little legs have had enough of walking. But for those who’d like something a little special, nothing beats the Radisson yacht. Champagne, on-board dining and floor to ceiling windows make it the most stylish way to cruise round Moscow. 

Address: Naberezhnaya Tarasa Shevchenko, Moscow (next to teh Radisson Blue hotel) Nearest metro station:  Studencheskaya

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Museum of Cosmonauts

This is THE museum to go to if you happen to have a Star Wars fan with you. Unlike in countless planetariums around the world where gimmicky models of the solar system and dramatic movies make for a hollow experience, here you get the real thing. There’s a life-size model of the Russian space station, chunks of the moon, a space toilet, the actual Sputnik, heck, even Belka & Strelka, the space dogs, are there standing next to the very space shuttle they flew into space with  (never fear, they were stuffed only after they died of old age).  *For extreme fanatics, it’s worth noting you can arrange a tour to Star City, the astronaut training centre that is still in use outside of Moscow.

Address: Prospekt Mira, 111 Nearest metro station:   VDNKh, Vystavochny tsentr

Darwin Museum

The first museum in the world devoted to explaining the most important concept of biology definitely deserves a visit. Its menagerie of nearly half a million stuffed animals illustrate the steady process of evolution and the many now extinct animals it boasts like the Dodo serve as a warning bell for what the age of mass-industrialization might bring. Despite its name, the  Darwin museum isn’t at all quaint or old-fashioned with plenty of interactive displays and microscopes for children to engage with.

Address: Ulitsa Vavilova, 57 Nearest metro station:   Akademicheskaya

Orlov Museum of Paleontology

This museum could easily compete with the famed Natural History Museum in London. In fact, its extensive exhibit of ginormous skeletons from all sorts of beasts from sloths to diplodocuses might even be more impressive than London’s. After all, Russia is an awful lot bigger than England and probably has lot more giants slumbering away in the depths of its forests just waiting to be dug up!

Address: Ulitsa Profsoyuznaya, 123 Nearest metro station: Kon'kovo

The Experimentanium

There’s lots of fun to be had at this fully hands-on science museum. It’s absolutely perfect for little toddlers and mischievous boys alike because nothing’s off bounds—the whole place is a playground (with a lot of science snuck in!). And don’t worry, most of the descriptions are in English so they’ll definitely learn something along the way.

Address: Leningradsky prospekt, 80/11 Nearest metro station:   Sokol

For Boisterous Boys & Girls:

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Moscow City

The second tallest, the third tallest, the fourth tallest and the sixth and seventh tallest buildings in Europe can all be found within a few meters of each other in the financial district, Moscow city. Apart from breaking their necks trying to gape at all the quirky high-rises, your kids can get a thrill by going up to the 54th floor of Ostankino TV Tower to its awe-inspiring panoramic viewing platform with a drop-down, glass floor! 

Address:   Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya Nearest metro station:   Delovoy tsentr, Mezhdunarodnaya, Vystavochnaya

A trip down to this veritable villain’s lair is certainly worth it with children, not least because it’s 18 stories underground…. AND the only way back up is by the stairs making it the perfect recipe for a peaceful afternoon. Apart from tiring out children, Bunker 42 has the distinction of being a genuine nuclear bunker. It was intended to be the hide-away of the USSR’s top dogs in the case of nuclear war and the staff here do such an excellent job of recreating the tense atmosphere that we hazard against taking softer children here. Everything, from the actual computer with the big red button which would have been used to start WW3 to the KGB’s rooms, have been preserved exactly as they were at the height of the cold war.

*Entrance only with group tours which can be arranged in English.

Address: 5th Kotel'nicheskiy Pereulok, 11 Nearest metro station:  Taganskaya

Central Armed Forces Museum

Though there isn’t much English in this museum dedicated to all things sickle and hammer (i.e. the Red Army), the genuine American U2 spy plane it has on show and the opportunity to hold real (but thankfully, not loaded!) guns make it a real treasure trove for army-mad kids. 

Address: Ulitsa Sovetskoy Armii, 2 Nearest metro station:  Dostoevskaya

Victory Museum

You don’t actually need to step a foot in this museum dedicated entirely to WW2 to please your wannabe soldiers. Just sit down on a bench as your kids jump on and off the airplanes, tanks, armored vehicles and every other killing machine imaginable that are free to explore outside this museum. 

Address: Ploshchad' Pobedy, 3 Nearest metro station:   Park Pobedy

Armory Chamber

Part of the Kremlin complex, the Armory Chamber’s incredibly diverse displays—spanning folk art to silverware to coronation dresses— cover almost every era of Russia’s royal history. The wedding carriages and ceremonial arms are particularly well-loved by children. 

Address: The Moscow Kremlin Nearest metro station:  Biblioteka imeni Lenina

For Little Princes & Princesses: 

Fun for kids - Puppet theater

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Moscow State Puppet Theatre

The oldest puppet theatre in Moscow is also the largest in the world. Its wide-ranging repertoire has shows for tiny tots up to adult-only shows. Its fairytale clock, from which mythical creatures spring out, will be the cherry on top of a magical visit to this dear theatre. 

Address: Pestovskiy Pereulok, 2/1 Nearest metro station:   Marksistskaya

Central Kids Store on Lubyanka

This seven-story department store devoted entirely to little people boasts the biggest Hamleys in the world, the biggest time keeping mechanism and one of the best viewing platforms in Moscow. In other words, it’s kiddy heaven. The building itself is also rather noteworthy, dating back to 1953. Its stained murals and colorful tiles give it an old-world (soviet) charm. 

Address: Teatral'nyy Proyezd, 5 Nearest metro station:   Lubyanka, Kuznetsky Most

Izmailovsky Park

This is possibly the world’s only Slavic theme park. Just joking, but just be warned this recreated Russian village with mini-museums, bakeries and a market is a teensy bit kitsch. If your children are artsy, then why not let them make their own matryoshka at a masterclass instead of buying one at the market. And while the kiddies busy themselves with the business of covering every square inch of their clothes in paint, there’s plenty for parents to peruse; like the vodka museum or the pleasantly, rolling park land. 

Address: Alleya Bol'shogo Kruga, 7 Nearest metro station:  Sokolinaya gora

Kolomenskoye Park

Ivan the Terrible’s summer retreat isn’t at all as gloomy as you’d expect, indeed some might say it’s actually a bit too colorful. In our opinion, its postcard-perfect; with petite trains chugging through the acres of apple orchards, a pearl-white 16th century, UNESCO-listed church and a magnificently vibrant, 300 year old wooden palace. Take your children on a trip back in time, they’ll be delighted - we promise.  

Address: Andropova Ave, 39 Nearest metro station:  Kolomenskaya

For Petrol Heads: 

Fun for kids - rail museum

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Moscow Rizhsky Railway Station

If you don’t have time to take your children on the Trans-Siberian, then a ride on a Soviet steam train is a superb alternative. The beauty of chugging through the outskirts of Moscow on a train with a red star on its gleaming, coal-black engine will definitely make Harry Potter fans squeal with excitement. Adults will appreciate the cups of tea served in old-style soviet mugs specifically made for train journeys. If you’d like to explore the rail museum after the trip (we highly recommend it), be prepared for the weather as the whole exhibition is uncovered.

Address:  Rizhskaya Ploshad, 1 Nearest metro station:  Rizhskaya

Moscow Metro Museum

After taking your children on the Moscow metro (which you simply must!), chances are they’ll bombard you with all sorts of questions a parent isn’t equipped to answer; like “How fast do the trains go?” and “Who drives them?”. Never fear, Moscow’s metro actually has a free museum which will answer all these questions, as well as even allowing kids to take a seat in the driver’s seat for a virtual ride down the tunnels. 

Address: Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya, 2 Nearest metro station:   Vystavochnaya

For White Winter Days:

Fun for kids - White Winter days

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Moscow Ice Festival

Each winter in Park Pobedy, blocks of ice are towed in from Russia’s great lakes to be chiseled away into masterpieces. Children will be delighted to find that they can even clamber upon some of these unbelievably big artworks. But the favorite by far, are super slippery ice slides. 

*Just beware of wet bums— waterproofs are a must.

Learn more about winter activities is Moscow .

Address: Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Hill Nearest metro station:   Park Pobedy

Ice-skating

There are almost 1500 ice-skating rinks in Moscow alone. It’s almost as if every open plot of land has water poured over it; even Red Square is transformed into a mega rink! The park VDNKh boasts the biggest in the world, but there’s also an awesome rooftop ice rink at ArtPlay. Wherever you take your children, you can’t go wrong with a bit of skating.

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