Museums have been preserving our most treasured pieces of art and history since 530 BCE. During that time, they’ve also had another super important role: sharing that knowledge with young visitors to spark learning. With so many museums closed, we identified 15 institutions that have brought their collections online and now offer virtual museum tours for kids.
Virtual Museum Tours for Kids
The British Museum teamed up with Google to create one of the most in-depth educational experiences available. Their virtual tour spans over 2 million years of artistic and cultural history, and tells the history of humanity through archaeological findings such as ancient paintings and tools!
Learn more: British Museum Online Tour
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The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory that explores the world through science, art, and human perception. Their goal is to spark moments of inquiry-based learning through STEAM-based experiments, and inspire visitors to approach the world with curiosity.
Learn more: The Exploratorium Virtual Tour for Kids
The Guggenheim features a breathtaking collection of modern and contemporary art. Immerse yourself in Vasily Kandinsky’s Composition 8 or Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy on a 360 degree tour!
Learn more: Guggenheim Virtual Museum Tour
The British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition is an engaging and magical experience with beautiful imagery and videos that take you through the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Complete with original authors’ notes and behind-the-scenes details, the exhibition also shows how J.K. Rowling transformed a tiny idea into an international phenomenon.
Learn more: Harry Potter Virtual Exhibition for Kids
Including artwork ranging from the eighth through the twenty-first century, the Getty collection features paintings, drawings, sculptures, and more. Guests can participate in the Getty Challenge — a playful social media call to take real-life photos inspired by Getty artwork!
Learn more: Getty Museum Virtual Tour
The largest art museum in the western United States, LACMA’s collection includes over 142,000 unique works. Their permanent collection of artwork has been uploaded for visitors to browse to online. Watch short films, exhibit walkthroughs, and documentaries; learn via online courses and lectures; listen to live recordings and soundtracks; and read articles, interviews.
Learn more: LACMA Virtual Tour
The Louvre, the world’s largest art museum offers virtual tours through many of its galleries and elegant halls through YouVisit! See the Winged Victory and The Mona Lisa. Travel back in time to experience the sarcophagus of Egypt and Greek marble sculptures.
Learn more: The Louvre Virtual Museum Tour
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), Brazil’s first modern museum, features 8,000 works including paintings, sculptures, and more from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. MASP partnered with Google to create a virtual museum collection showcasing both historical artifacts and modern pieces.
Learn more: MASP Virtual Museum Tour
The Musée d’Orsay houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces including works from legendary painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, and more. Experience a virtual visit with over 300 art pieces online.
Learn more: Musée d’Orsay Virtual Tour
While The National Gallery of Art made an enormous collection of 42,000 pieces available online, their NGAkids Art Zone is even more impressive. The museum gathered learning resources for kids along with teaching packets and everything else you may need to make a virtual tour of the museum both memorable and educational.
Learn more: National Gallery of Art Virtual Tour
The MMCA is the world’s center for Korean art, designed to study, exhibit, and educate the world about Korean history. Virtual tours are available for several of the museum’s locations and hundreds of their art pieces.
Learn More: MMCA Virtual Tour
The Altes Museum features stunning Greek and Roman art and sculptures, including original portrait busts of Caesar and Cleopatra. Many of these pieces are available on their virtual tour, along with their archaeological exhibition on Pergamon, a rich and powerful ancient Greek city.
Learn more: Altes Museum Virtual Tour
The Rijksmuseum (pronounced Rye-ks-museum) is the museum of the Netherlands. Experience the story of 800 years of Dutch history through art — from the Middle Ages to present day.
Learn more: Rijksmuseum Virtual Tour
The Royal Alberta Museum offers awesome 3D models of dioramas and objects. Check out a model of the Millennium Falcon in 3D! If you feel brave, get up close and personal with a Sabre-tooth skull!
Learn more: Royal Alberta Museum Virtual Tour
Want to explore a gigantic room that’s all about dinosaurs? Browse current and past exhibits, including a gallery dedicated to oceanic exploration and more!
Learn more: The Smithsonian Virtual Museum Tour
More Tours for Kids
Beyond museums, these sites offer free virtual tours of super exciting places and topics — from ancient caves to the surface of Mars!
Learn about how grain, milk, and more food products are produced with this virtual tour of a Canadian farm!
This interactive Earth Surface Temperature map, created by the University of Washington, compares average temperatures around the world.
Venture to Mars! Explore a 360 degree view of its surface, courtesy of NASA’s Curiosity rover!
Browse through important events of the 20th century through Life Magazine!
Explore the longest wall in the world!
Discover outer space with this 3D visualization of over 100,000 stars. Which star is your favorite?
Watch Yellowstone’s awesome geothermal features and see beautiful wildlife!
Jump into the Wemyss Caves in Scotland, and explore symbols inscribed by the ancient Pictish people!
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