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


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.

4- NASA

This is the official museum of NASA where you will get to learn everything about NASA's aeronautics 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 museums 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 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


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

Websites to help you take students on 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)."

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.

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.