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Spend the Day at a Museum – Virtually

Posted on 16 Apr, 2020

Looking for something new and different to do from home? If your neighborhood walk around Aliento in Santa Clarita inspires you to explore the world around you even more, we have just the thing. Here’s a list of virtual museums you can experience from the comfort of your living room. From educational to entertaining, these virtual tours and online exhibits are for adults and kids alike.

Fun places to discover as a family.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
What’s your favorite aquatic animal? Watch one of the 10 live cameras at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to see penguins, moon jellies, sea otters and more hanging out with their families. To learn more about all of the aquarium’s magical creatures, swim through their site for online courses, guided activities and games.

NASA is bringing the universe to your home with virtual tours, apps, podcasts, videos and eBooks. Take a tour of the NASA Glenn Research Center, or enjoy a 360° view of the Hubble Space Telescope’s home for mission operations. See testing for a propulsion systems laboratory in action, or maybe a supersonic wind tunnel is more your speed. Imagine you’re an astronaut or a scientist, as NASA puts the learning tools and technology at your fingertips.

Experiences designed just for kids.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Not only does The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) have a wealth of online exhibits, 360° videos and literature, but they also have a special kid-friendly museum experience called #MetKids. Made for kids with the help of kids, #MetKids lets younger patrons guide their own museum tours. Explore an interactive map, hop in a time machine or watch behind-the-scenes videos about the artwork at the museum.

Roald Dahl Museum
The Roald Dahl Museum, dedicated to the writer and his famously fun stories, has virtual gallery tours for kids to explore. Immerse yourself in Dahl’s colorful world of big friendly giants, magical powers and lots and lots of chocolate! Plus, they have a whole page of indoor ideas, including quizzes, arts and crafts, and storytime videos.

Take a trip without leaving home.
The British Museum
Travel to the British Museum in London without any jet lag. The history buff in your family will love this: The Museum of the World site lets you scroll through two million years of human history on a virtual timeline. A virtual gallery of prints and drawings will also take you back in time with artwork starting from the 1400s.

Van Gogh Museum
For fans of post-Impressionists, the online exhibits at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum are a must-see. Not only can you see Van Gogh’s distinct style of painting, but you can also read his letters, see what books he read and learn more about his life. Perhaps his work will even inspire you to pick up a paintbrush and create something of your own.

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