Surely you have been put in the situation of choosing between a relaxing massage in a spa and a museum tour, while on holiday. It is true that in most situations, we tend to separate our relaxation vacations from the exploration ones. Sometimes you feel like visiting Paris and sometimes you feel like taking a short nap, on the beach, with a fancy cocktail in your hand.
But how about those situations when you really want to get a chance to see some museum that you wanted to visit ever since you were a child, but the time schedule is so tight, that you know it is somehow not worth spending all those long hours in line, for it? What do you do if Van Gogh is your favorite impressionist, but the line is one hour long and you would rather hit the coffee shops than wait in a queue to get inside?
Virtual museums are widely available now, for free. Al you need is a computer device and an Internet connection and you are good to start touring. The beauty of it is that you do not even need to get up from bed, in order to do that. The recent technological development has made it easy to access virtual tour museums all over the world within just seconds.
And it does not stop here. Today, teachers can take their students on virtual field trips on platforms for both online museums and virtual field sites, at their choice. These virtual tools can simply be used for studying with the students in the classroom. Here are a few of these museums:
National Portrait Gallery – The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents the history of America 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.
Smithsonian Museums – The Smithsonian Institution is one of the world’s largest museums and research complexes. It includes 19 museums and galleries and also the National Zoological Park.
The Field Museum – This museum displays over 25 million objects—from Antarctic dinosaurs to Peruvian plants, from Inuit masks to Tanzanian mammals. Its collections hold answers to fundamental questions about the planet, its life, and its cultures.
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.
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.
You can check the complete list of the 300 virtual tour museums, here.