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

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Update October 2021: Some of the tools that were published in the initial version of this post were deleted because they do not work any more. 

After posting about the list of iPad apps that allow you to take students on virtual field trips, I am back to the same topic but this time with another collection of virtual field trips tools that work on the web. All you and your students need to embark on a virtual tour around the world are a good Internet connection and a working computer. I also included tools for virtually exploring museums around the world. You can also check a more recent post published in October 2021 featuring the top international museums to virtually visit with students

1- National Portrait Gallery

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

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 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.'

5- The British Museum

The British Museum

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

6- Science Museum

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

National Women's History Museum

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

8- Memorial Hall Museum Online

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

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institution. 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  world's cultures.

10- World Wide Museum of Natural History

World Wide Museum of Natural History

An online museum featuring photo galleries and quality educational products for homes, schools and museums. The galleries it features include :"
  • The life galleries(vertebrate and invertebrate) are home to some of the most interesting fossils ever found including dinosaurs, ammonites, crinoids, mammals, early life, insects and more
  • The WMNH also features galleries of existing life such as Lepidoptera (butterflies/moths) and wildflowers of the American prairie.
  • The Astronomy and Geology galleries include meteorites, comets and geology."

Websites to help you take students on virtual field trips

1-Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

                                                    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)."

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 Arts & Culture

                                  World Wonders Project

"Are you curious about what Van Gogh’s Starry Night looks like up close? Have you ever toured the ancient Maya temples or met the inspirational figures of Black history? Do you want to learn about Japan’s unique food culture or incredible Indian railways? Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. From the suffragettes who fought for women’s rights, to performing arts at the Paris Opera, to NASA’s archive of stunning images, discover stories about our cultural heritage. It’s your doorway to explore the art, history, people and wonders of our world." Check out how you can use Google Arts & Culture to enhance students cultural literacy.

5- Eternal Egypt

                         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."

6- Digital Field Trip to The Rainforest

"Join the Digital Frog International team as we visit the Blue Creek Rainforest Reserve in Belize, Central America. Surround yourself with the sounds of a tropical rainfroest as you learn about rainforests, the plants and animals found there and the mechanisms and processes that keep them alive and vital. Explore 360-degree panoramas using QuickTime Virtual Reality. Climb into the tropical rainforest canopy without leaving the ground or come face-to-face with a jaguar or a three-toed sloth."