These Virtual Museum Tours will Help Kids See the World from the Couch

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eLearning is officially in effect in my children’s school district. To supplement what we receive online from school, I’m planning some fun homeschooling activities, both to keep my kids entertained and to maintain my sanity. Enter: virtual museum tours around the world!


“Visitors” can choose from more than 500 galleries and museums to experience from the comfort and safety of their own couch, thanks to a massive project organized by Google Arts & Culture



For some you can view the museum’s galleries through a street view. For others, like Florence’s Uffizi gallery, you can get up close and personal with the artwork


This resource is in addition to virtual resources that many museums already had in place prior to the coronavirus outbreak. Here are just a few museums I’m excited to share with my kids while we’re stuck at home and avoiding travel:




The Louvre, Paris
From the remains of the Louvre’s moat to Egyptian artifacts, get a glimpse into one of Paris’s top destinations


The British Museum, London
Wander through the iconic London museum virtually and see an array of artifacts in addition to cultural treasures like the ancient Rosetta Stone. 



National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Hop between the four buildings of the only modern/contemporary art museum in Korea in their virtual tour.



Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Explore art and history with pieces ranging from the years 1200 through 2000 in this massive exhibit in Amsterdam… including some pieces by Rembrandt.


The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Paintings, drawings, photographs, illuminated manuscripts, and sculptures, oh my. The pieces on display in this virtual museum tour hail from the 8th through the 12th century and are from around the world.



MASP, Brazil
Dubbed the first modern museum in Brazil, not only is the artwork incredible, but the way it’s displayed is innovative. Artwork is suspended from the ceilings using perspex frames.


National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico
Mayan civilization artifacts, need I say more? With 23 rooms, there’s even more to see and experience in this museum; after all, the architecture of the building is also innovative.


While virtual museum tours aren’t nearly the same as experiencing a place firsthand, I, for one, am thankful for this incredible resource, and I hope my kids are too. I’m also guessing I’ll have a ton more places I’ll need to visit once this pandemic is all over.

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