Virtual Tourism: 10 Virtual Tours of the World's Top Museums, Zoos and Aquariums
British Museum: London
Now for something truly epic, the British Museum’s interactive virtual tour of the world’s history spans roughly two million years. Along the way, you can explore the religions, conflicts, and triumphs of civilizations that have dotted our planet through the ages. The museum also allows virtual tourists to wander its halls and discover artifacts, including the Rosetta Stone. You can also supplement your virtual tours with the podcast, A History of the World in 100 Objects, narrated by the museum’s director Neil MacGregor.
San Diego Zoo: San Diego
This legendary zoo offers perhaps the most live animal cameras of all the nation's zoos. Tune in anytime of the day to watch what the giraffes, koalas, tigers and other animals are doing in their habitats. The zoo's website also offers a variety of videos and stories about its inhabitants, as well as a dedicated kids section, that will keep your animal-loving family members busy for hours!
The Henry Ford: Dearborn
Though we're within a short driving distance of the The Henry Ford in Dearborn, we don't always have time in the busyness of regular life to experience this homage to American innovation. While closed during the Coronavirus crisis, The Henry Ford is offering interactive learning experiences for kids of varying ages, including free access to its 20-hour Innovate Curriculum. There is also weekly live and themed content through the Innovation Learning Virtual Series.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: Washington, D.C.
Especially for kids, you can’t go wrong with dinosaurs, fossils and mysterious creatures from the depths. So take them along for this virtual tour and embrace the adventure.
The Louvre: Paris
The world’s largest art museum, this Paris landmark measures more than 782,000 square feet and displays more than 38,000 artifacts and works from prehistory to the present – all of which can be appreciated from your home now.
Guggenheim Museum: New York, Venice, Bilbao
This museum has an extensive online collection of over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists from the museum's New York, Venice and Bilbao locations, and even features recently acquired artworks.
Mount Vernon's Museum & Education Center: Mount Vernon
American history buffs will delight in this museum's interactive virtual tour of George Washington's estate, which allows you to walk the estate, inside and out, and learn about artifacts and Washington's life along the way.
MASP: Sao Paulo
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is Brazil’s first modern museum. Thanks to Google Arts and Culture, you can virtually tour this museum where artworks are placed on clear perspex frames, giving the illusion that they are suspended in midair.