Virtual Museums

The AlbertinaThis museum in the heart of Vienna, Austria, allows you to view collections by medium, such as chalk, pen, and watercolor. Taking the museum tour allows you to explore the building and view the gorgeously decorated rooms, including statues of Greek gods and more. The tours are free, and there are also virtual art workshops for children for an additional charge.

The American Museum of Natural History— Exhibits, programs and online resources for science enthusiasts of all ages.

The Benaki Museum. Specializing in Greek art from prehistoric to times, this Athens museum is a delight to browse. An interactive map allows viewers to navigate from room to room, and also take advantage of some exhibits that have an audio component. If you’re just going to take a look around, that is easily achieved. If you’d like to delve a little deeper into the collection, the audio makes that easy and informative.

The British Museum— Visit the exhibits at this world famous museum.

The Virtual Bronx Zoo— Live cams, virtual classrooms, doodles and more.

Children’s Museum of the East End at Home– Online activities, resources, programs and more.

Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum– Visit their virtual exhibitions and Digital Mansion.

Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame– Visit for virtual exhibits, lectures, tours and more.

Corning Museum of Glass– Glass making videos, Virtual Tour, Explore Collection, Coloring, Stories, etc.

Cradle of Aviation – Take a Virtual Tour, At-Home Activities, Ask an Educator and more!

The Exploratorium. Children interested in science, technology, and the arts will delight in the interactive experiences offer by the San Francisco-based museum. Videos on cells as well as soap film painting are a highlight. The museum helpfully includes a comprehensive list of past videos, allowing for browsing at one’s own pace.

Fire Island Lighthouse – Enjoy the views as you visit the Lighthouse.

Frick Collection – Visit the museum and take a virtual tour.

Frida Kahlo Museum. With the extensive online collections of this Mexico City museum, you can learn more about the list of the influential artist and her legacy. Browsing items in each part of the collection, from oil painting to paper, allows for a better understanding of Kahlo’s appreciation for the genre of photography.

Grand Ole Opry – Artists and Entertainers livestreaming performances, virtual concerts and more.

Heckscher Museum of Art – Explore the exhibits, art activities and more.

Intrepid Air and Space Museum – The Intrepid now offers digital resources that include a virtual visit, videos from their YouTube Channel, education resources and more.

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Teenagers and adults looking to strengthen their knowledge of social justice will find much to explore in this museum, located at Ferris State University. With options for a virtual tour and plenty of historical artifacts to browse, this is a welcome resource for students and educators.

Liberty Science Center – LSC in the House, check out the science activities, planetarium and programs.

Lincoln Center at Home – This portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center.

Louvre – Visit the various galleries at this world famous museum.

Metropolitan Museum of Art – Check out their Digital Digest for videos, activities, exhibitions and more.

Metropolitan Opera— Daily streaming of previously performed operas.

MOMA – Visit their virtual views, take online classes, art activities and more. \

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Learn about their animals, check out the live cams and join daily live chats.

Morgan Library & Museum – Morgan Connected includes virtual tours, collections/exhibitions, digital facsimiles and more.

NASA at Home – NASA offers something for the whole family. Videos, podcasts, e-books, tours and projects/activities.

National Aquarium. Baltimore is known for its renowned aquarium, and now you can watch jellyfish, blacktip reef sharks, and coral reef firsthand thanks to three livestreams. While the livestreams are only available during business hours, views can watch pre-recorded segments at their own convenience during off hours. For similar exhibits, visit our article on watching and interacting with animals online.

National Museum of Anthropology. Collections in this Mexico City-based museum are rich in archaeological and anthropological history; we wanted the museum first and went back to learn about each piece individually. A creative feature is the “View in Street View” option, which takes you directly from an artifact’s description to a virtual tour of where it is housed in the museum.

Nassau County Museum of Art –  The Sculpture Gardens are still open. The Library building is closed but virtual tours are available.

National Museum of Scotland. This museum, based in Edinburgh, specializes in Scottish antiquities, culture and history. The digital tour takes a little bit of trial and error to navigate, but thanks to Google’s Arts & Culture, they are able to spotlight noteworthy collections as well as offering virtual tours of the building. We particularly enjoyed the Textile and Early Silver exhibits.

National Park Foundation – Park activities you can do from the comfort of your home.

Nature Nearby – NYS Parks offer virtual nature lessons, tours and more.

NYC Parks – Visit one of the city parks with virtual tour.

NY Hall Of Science  –At-Home Games, Activities, Experiments and Projects.

NY Transit Museum – Offers digital exhibits and virtual programs including lectures and storytimes.

9/11 Memorial & Museum-Learn more about the Museum or take a tour of the Memorial from your home.

The Rijksmuseum. The extensive virtual collections of this Amsterdam-based museum spotlight Dutch history and culture throughout the centuries. In addition to collections of engraving and etchings, viewers can explore each floor of the museum firsthand, thanks to the Museum Views feature.

San Diego Zoo Live Cams – See live feeds of your favorite animals.

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum – Enjoy a variety of online programs, stories, videos, activities, virtual tours, and resources.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute – Educational Activities You Can Do at Home with the Animal Cams and more.

Statue of Liberty – Take a virtual tour to see Lady liberty and spectacular views.

Tokyo National Museum. Discover paintings, sculptures, textiles, clay, and ceramics at this renowned art museum, which allows you to wander the rooms as if you were there. As you browse the halls, you can select individual items for an up-close look and more information about specific items. We especially enjoyed the clay collection in this family-friendly museum.

Vanderbilt Museum   – Virtual offerings from the Vanderbilt, from interior and exterior tours to virtual programs from The Reichert Planetarium and more.