Looking for something to do to pass the time? Check out some of these virtual experiences like museum tours, online classes, and more.
Museums and More
American Museum of Natural History – Self-guided virtual tours, Facebook Live tours, and behind-the-scenes looks at exhibits will keep you and your kids entertained.
The British Museum – Spend an afternoon or ten exploring the sixty plus galleries that make up the museum. View picture of the artwork, take virtual tours, and read about the museums exhibits and history.
Google Arts and Culture – Visit museums around the world all in one place. Learn about artists, art movements, historic events, tour famous landmarks, and more.
ILoveLibraries.org – Missing the library? Then take a virtual tour of several libraries around the world.
The Louvre – Visit the Louvre online with its seven virtual tours or go room by room to read about what each one houses.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Enjoy six short videos with The Met 360 Project that allows people to explore some of the museum’s iconic exhibits, as well as The Met Cloisters and The Met Breuer.
The Museum of Modern Art – Every Thursday, MoMA has a virtual tour of a different collection. Don’t worry if you missed one, past videos can still be viewed.
National Gallery of Art – Take virtual tours through current exhibitions, view pictures of the artwork, or use the audio and video recordings to experience lectures by artists and curators.
National Museum of the United States Air Force – Take a virtual 360 degree tour of the entire museum by navigating from gallery to gallery.
National Park Services – Check out webcams from America’s national parks.
New York Botanic Garden – Take a virtual walk through the spring flowers, as well as the Orchid Show, and learn the names of the flowers.
New York Landmarks Conservancy – Discover New York’s iconic landmarks through a video series.
New York State Parks – Take a virtual tour of one or all of New York’s beautiful state parks.
Train Rides – Do you miss not being able to travel? Get your fix with these thirteen virtual train rides in Europe, Asia, the United States, and more.
The Whitney – Visit the museum through its online collection, social media accounts, or use their video and audio content to learn about the art and artists.
Bob Ross – Enjoy all thirty plus seasons of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting on his YouTube channel.
The Brooklyn Museum – The Brooklyn Museum is moving their First Saturday classes online with Zoom. Find hand-on art classes, poetry readings, curator talks and more.
Museum of Modern Art – Love art? MoMA is offering online classes with topics like Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Fashion as Design, and more.
Nikon – Want to learn more about photography? Take these free online courses offered by Nikon.
The Whitney – Attend one of the museum’s online event.
YMCA 360 – Get fit and stay active with these yoga and exercise classes for all ages.
Books and More
The Actor’s Fund – Love Broadway? Check out videos, interviews, curtain speeches, and more.
DC Tuesdays – Discover the history of DC Comics with this documentary series. New content is added every Tuesday.
Guggenheim – Download over 200 art books from the museum’s archive, for free.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Listen to Daniel Radcliffe read the first chapter of the book with more famous faces finishing the novel over the coming weeks.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – Download over fifty years of art books, that’s almost 2,000 volumes, from the museum for free!
Mitch Albom – Read Mitch Albom’s new serialized story, Human Touch, that he’s been writing in real time on his website with new chapters added every week on Friday.