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20 Wonderful Online Museums and Sites for Virtual Field Trips to Use in Class

January 27, 2014
Yesterday when I was working on  the list of iPad apps that teachers can use with their students to make virtual field trips, it dawned on me to compile another list of web based platforms for both online museums and virtual field sites that can be used with students in class. After scouring the web for hours I finally landed on  the selection below. Have a look and as always share with your students and colleagues.

1- National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.
2- Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest museum and research complex—includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park.
3- The Field Museum

The Museum’s 25 million objects—from Antarctic dinosaurs to Peruvian plants, from Inuit masks to Tanzanian mammals—are the lifeblood of the Museum, and an unparalleled resource to the world scientific community. Its collections hold answers to fundamental questions about our planet, its life, and its cultures. In an increasingly virtual world, our specimens are the real, concrete evidence of life on Earth.

This is the official museum of NASA where you will get to learn everything about about NASA's areonautic and space explorations.

5- The British Museum

The British Museum hosts thousands of exhibitions from all around the world. it also organizes free and paid tours into different museum from other countries.

6- Science Museum

Explore the home of human ingenuity online. Find out about our objects, arts projects and medical collection, play educational games and discover climate science
7- National Women's History Museum

The Museum researches, collects and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of American nation in a context of world history.

8- Memorial Hall Museum Online

Memorial Hall Museum Online allows you to explore American History with hands-on activities, exhibits, lessons, historic documents and artifacts.

9- American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

10- World Wide Museum of Natural History

An online museum featuring photo galleries and quality educational products for homes, schools and museums.

Web sites to take students into virtual field trips

1-Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


This comprehensive virtual tour allows visitors using a desktop computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android) to take a virtual, self-guided, room-by-room walking tour of the whole museum. You can even browse a list of past exhibits, which is included on the ground floor map (see upper right map buttons).

2- Arctic Tour


Free to the entire K-12 community, our programming use the allure of exciting Arctic dogsled expeditions and Arctic research as the vehicle through which K-12 teachers and students gain an understanding of natural and social sciences while we experience the cultures of the Arctic.
3- Moon Tour

With Moon in Google Earth, you can:
  • Take tours of landing sites, narrated by Apollo astronauts
  • View 3D models of landed spacecraft
  • Zoom into 360-degree photos to see astronauts' footprints
  • Watch rare TV footage of the Apollo missions
4- Google Art Project


Explore the site by selecting an art collection, an artist or an artwork. Click on the yellow “pegman” icon to visit these institutions virtually. Filter artworks by medium or make a search by keyword. Finally create and share your personal selection of artworks in the “My Galleries” section and explore other users’ galleries.

5- Planet in Action


Google Earth is a highly detailed 3D representation of our entire planet. Rather than just looking at it, why not play on it! brings you top quality ideas, applications and concepts that will let you experience your planet in a whole new way.

6- World Wonders Project


From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.

7- Eternal Egypt


Eternal Egypt is a living record of a land rich in art and history, people and places, myths and religions. The stories of Eternal Egypt are told using the latest interactive technologies, high-resolution imagery, animations, virtual environments, remote cameras, three-dimensional models and more.
There are many ways to begin your journey through Eternal Egypt. The guided tour is a quick way to experience the best that the site has to offer. You can also begin with one of the cultural highlights below, or make your own discoveries using one of the many other ways to explore.

8- A Virtual Tour of Museums and Exhibits


These Sites present over 300 Museums, Exhibits, Points of Special Interest and Real-Time journeys which offer online multimedia guided tours on the Web. Most of the following offer text and pictures, others in addition transmit sound and an occasional movie.

9- Digital Field Trip to The Rain-forest


Experience a tropical rain forest and learn about the wonders of this incredible environment.

10- Virtual Field Trips


This website contain a great list of several other virtual field trips. Check them out.