Virtual Online Museums
Museums are great places to explore, learn, and combat the summer slide. However, it’s not always feasible to visit a museum in person. Technology makes it easier to re-create the rich experience of a museum visit — all you (or your students) need is a computer and Internet access.
A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.
Museums are the most efficient way of integrating both locals and visitors into the present art scene, but geographical distances are still an obstacle standing between us and certain museums we might like to visit. But that shouldn’t be a problem anymore – many museums offer now virtual tours, and they even do it for free!
There are many Virtual Online Museums that offer free tours through their collection of art, history or science, many of them offering new and unique experiences.
Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA has many apps like Culture Collage or Historical Cats, and combines resources from museum all across the United States of America.
Google Art Project is part of the Google Cultural Institute, and offers virtual tours of a wide range of art collections, online exhibits and historical periods.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
The entire Metropolitan Museum of Art can be available to you via Internet – artworks, essays, indexes, timelines, maps, while Met team is also reachable, from curators to scientists.
Misterious exhibits such as the “When Nixon Met Elvis” are amongst the multitude of public documents the National Archives have to offer.
For art history enthusiasts, Smarthistory is the perfect choice – you can look through a wide range of images, videos or articles searching by timeline, theme, artist or topic.
Of course, since interactivity is one of the most important features in contemporary apps, there offer a more hands-on experience.
As the name clearly states, this is an app for science enthusiasts where you can watch video profiles of scientists or read science-related articles
Indoor activities, virtual books or web links to science related topics can be found on Exploratorium.
Created by The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, 24/7 Science aims to encourage children to explore science through age-appropriate activities
Smithsonian Education: Students
The IdeaLabs section of the site is the main attraction, covering various science questions through interactive online activities.
Uniques features such as the ability to watch cartoons from World War II or explore various 3D models are offered by this website.
Smithsonian: Quests is a great app that awards participants badges for completing quests, completed based on student standards