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Natural History Museum Launches 3D Virtual Tour Technology

The Natural History Museum, London, has launched a unique virtual tour experience for its Venue Hire clients. Although the Museum’s doors are currently closed, clients can now walk through the spectacular Hintze Hall, Darwin Centre and Earth Hall for themselves, via 3D technology.

The Natural History Museum is one of London's most iconic venues. Its magnificent architecture and awe-inspiring collections create the perfect backdrop for any event. From informal and intimate to creative and spectacular, the Museum's variety of spaces suits any corporate event private party or wedding.

The online tool not only allows clients to see the inside of the Museum’s iconic building, which is otherwise currently inaccessible, but also view spaces from 360 o angles. During the tour, clients can gain inspiration with images of the spaces exquisitely transformed at previous events, from fashion shows to weddings, including details such as bar or dining set ups. 

Robert Wetherell, Head of Events and Catering at the Natural History Museum, said: “Tools like this can help transform the venue hire industry at this difficult time when the Museum is closed to the public and we cannot showcase this incredible venue. I am thrilled that our clients can now experience the venue for themselves and visualise their own event taking place in one of London's most unique and iconic venues”.

Those looking to book the Museum can view a number of stunning rooms during the tour, including the Museum’s largest space Hintze Hall, renowned for its Romanesque architecture; Earth Hall with its magnificent suspended globe; and the Darwin Centre with its modern eight storey cocoon of nature.

Although the Museum is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Venue Hire business at the Museum is taking 2021 bookings for weddings, private parties or conferences.

To take part in the 3D Virtual Venue Tour, visit www.nhm.ac.uk/business-services/venue-hire and click Explore the Space

For more information on event hire at the Natural History Museum, please get in touch with the Venue Hire team on 0207 942 5434 or by email at [email protected] .

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Natural History Museum Release 3D Virtual Tour

Natural History Museum Release 3D Virtual Tour

The Natural History Museum has launched a virtual tour experience, in which venue hire clients can now walk through the spectacular Hintze Hall, Darwin Centre and Earth Hall for themselves. 3D technology allows clients a unique experience, in which they can scope out the venue pre-booking.

The Natural History Museum is a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. Containing one of the world’s most important scientific collections of over 80 million specimens, the museum has an enormous global reach.

The NHM is also one of London’s most iconic venues, with magnificent architecture and inspiring collections creating the perfect backdrop for many events. The museum played host to corporate events and weddings regularly, before closing its doors due to the spread of COVID-19.

The online tool not only allows clients to see the inside of the museum’s iconic building, but also view spaces from 360-degree angles. Clients can gain inspiration from images of the spaces that have been previously transformed for events from fashion shows to weddings, including details such as bar and dining setups.

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Robert Wetherell, Head of Events and Catering at the Natural History Museum, said: “Tools like this can help transform the venue hire industry at this difficult time when the Museum is closed to the public and we cannot showcase this incredible venue. I am thrilled that our clients can now experience the venue for themselves and visualise their own event taking place in one of London's most unique and iconic venues.”

Although the museum is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the venue hire business within the museum are taking bookings for 2021 for weddings, private parties and conferences. You can take part in the 3D virtual tour by clicking here . 

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How to Virtually Explore the Smithsonian From Your Living Room

Tour a gallery of presidential portraits, print a 3-D model of a fossil or volunteer to transcribe historical documents

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Meilan Solly

Associate Editor, History

Beyond the brick-and-mortar buildings that make up the 19 museums at the Smithsonian Institution, there is much available in the digital sphere, making it easy for armchair travelers, creatives and lifelong learners alike to experience this vast organization's offerings from the comfort of their homes.

To help readers narrow down their search, Smithsonian magazine has compiled a list of virtual experiences that cater to an array of interests. Whether you’re in the mood to peruse the National Portrait Gallery’s presidential portrait collection , explore the engineering marvels of the Inka Empire or remix one of the 2.8 million images available through Smithsonian Open Access , this roundup has you covered.

Online Tours and Exhibitions

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Nothing quite compares with the feeling of standing in front of an artistic masterpiece or a towering Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, but virtual exhibitions and museum tours are about as close as you can get to recreating the experience. Science lovers can survey the National Museum of Natural History’s permanent , current and past exhibitions, including the Butterfly Pavilion , the Deep Time Hall of Fossils and the Hall of Human Origins , while arts and culture fans can tour the Smithsonian American Art Museum , the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of Asian Art . Other options range from founder James Smithson’s Smithsonian Castle crypt to the Enid A. Haupt Garden , the Smithsonian Marine Station Wet Laboratory and the National Air and Space Museum ’s Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center .

In addition to highlighting virtual views, many Smithsonian museums offer exhibitions optimized for digital audiences. The National Museum of the American Indian has exhibitions on “ The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire ,” “ Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections ,” and “ Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces ,” among others. You can also check out the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s “ A Look at the Black Fashion Museum Collection and Designer Peter Day ,” the National Portrait Gallery’s “ One Life: Marian Anderson ” ASL tour and “ Outwin: American Portraiture Today ” portal, Smithsonian Libraries’ “ Exploring the Meaning of Place in ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro ,’” the National Museum of American History’s “ Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life ,” the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s “ Willi Smith Community Archive ,” the Air and Space Museum ’s “ Outside the Spacecraft ,” the Smithsonian Latino Center’s “ D.C. Latino Street Murals ,” and the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service’s “ Men of Change .”

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These online exhibitions vary greatly in scale and style. The National Portrait Gallery’s “ Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence ” exhibition, for instance, is typical of many Smithsonian offerings found on Google Arts and Culture: Users click through a slideshow-esque narrative, reading short blurbs on suffragists like Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone and Victoria Woodhull, as depicted in images from the gallery’s collections. Others, like the National Museum of the American Indian’s “ Americans ” show, require more digital bandwidth to fully appreciate their immersive interactives.

See museums’ websites or Google Arts and Culture pages—many of which feature online exhibits , subject-specific compilations and browsable collection records —for more options, or search the Smithsonian’s main collections catalog .

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Thanks to Smithsonian Open Access , anyone with an internet connection can not only browse, but “use, transform and distribute” some 2.8 million high-resolution images from the collections without restrictions. Among the artifacts highlighted on the Open Access portal are Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5B plane , a portrait of Pocahontas , a chunk of Smithsonite and the Apollo 11 command module . For inspiration on remixing these and other artifacts in the public domain, visit the Open Access Remix page, which lists projects including Georgetown University students’ laser-cut clocks, a three-part sculpture titled Mediated and the How to Make a Collagasaurus workbook.

Another option for makers and creatives is the Smithsonian’s 3-D digitization portal, which features interactive models from a pantheon of fields . Take a closer look at Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit , a pair of boots from Broadway musical The Wiz and fossils found on National Park Service lands , then print your very own scale models of a T. rex skull , a coral skeleton and a “ Cosmic Buddha ” sculpture. For tips on 3-D printing from home, check out Smithsonian magazine’s November 2019 guide , which features historical background on various digitized offerings, tips for printing specific models and more.

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For those in search of low- or no-tech activities, consider the following: Interview family members and friends to record their oral histories, as outlined in the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide ; volunteer to transcribe historical documents and biodiversity data with the Smithsonian Transcription Center ; join virtual meditation sessions hosted by the National Museum of Asian Art (to participate, visit this link at 12:15 p.m. every weekday besides Wednesday); or download free coloring pages from Smithsonian Libraries.

Learning Resources

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The Smithsonian’s virtual presence comprises millions of educational resources for learners of all ages. Younger students (and their teachers or caregivers) can visit the Smithsonian Learning Lab’s newly launched distance learning resources hub , which highlights offerings from STEM games and simulations to American Women’s History Initiative’s Because of Her Story articles and comprehensive lesson plans .

Find the latest updates by checking the #SmithsonianEdu hashtag, and browse Smithsonian magazine’s roundup of educational resources for ideas on where to start. Though many of these tools are geared toward pre-K-12 students, older learners will also find them engaging; examples of adult-friendly activities circulating on social media include reading “ rare and notable editions ” of classic books via Smithsonian Libraries’ Digital Library , checking out the National Museum of Natural History ’s Ocean and Human Origins portals, and watching a collection of narrated short stories from around the world.

Other avenues of exploration include the Smithsonian Transcription Center’s database of ongoing and completed projects, from “personal diaries and scientific fieldbooks to playbills and sound recordings,” and the Because of Her Story campaign, which draws on articles, quizzes, videos and book excerpts to “create, disseminate, and amplify the historical record of the accomplishments of American women”—a mission that holds particular resonance during Women’s History Month. The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Collection Stories , meanwhile, invites staff to “share their interpretation of the collections they find most powerful from a variety of perspectives.”

Podcasts, videos and lecture recordings also hold valuable lessons for listeners. The Hirshhorn Museum has an “Artist Talks” lecture series, while the Air and Space Museum offers an archive of recorded lectures like “ Women of Apollo ” and “ The Future of Lunar Exploration .” Five seasons of the Smithsonian’s “ Sidedoor ” podcast, including episodes on the “ worst video game of all time ” and underwear in outer space , are available for streaming at any time. Other Smithsonian podcasts range from the Museum of American History ’s “History Explorer” and “Prototype Online: Inventive Voices” shows to “ AirSpace ,” “ Portraits ” and “ Freer Thinking . The Smithsonian Channel has a diverse catalog of television and web series—among others, “ Spy Wars With Damian Lewis ,” “ Wild Inside the National Zoo ” and “ Humboldt: Epic Explorer .”

Finally, every Friday at 11 a.m., visitors can tune in via the National Portrait Gallery’s Facebook page for Open Studio lessons with artist Jill Galloway. Storytime for children ages 3 and up will be livestreamed on Facebook Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Currently, to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. and in New York City, as well as the National Zoo, are temporarily closed. Check listings for updates.

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You can now access collections from many of the world’s top museums without ever leaving home! We’ve put together an ultimate list of 75 world-class museums that offer virtual tours you can visit from the comfort of your couch.

Many of the virtual tours include exhibit walk-throughs and the ability to examine some of the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal. These virtual tours are jam-packed with enough details to make you feel like you’re really visiting the museum. The experiences are sure to entertain the whole family, an art or history buff, or even those who want to imagine the joys of travel!

We’ve broken our list into 4 easy-to-review sections, including art, natural history, science and technology, and history museums. So whether you prefer to take in a painting at the Van Gogh Museum, check out an SR-71 Blackbird at the Museum of Flight, or gaze upon the Rosetta Stone, this list has it all!

Many of the virtual exhibits in this article are offered through a collaboration with Google Arts and Culture. If you’re not familiar, Google Arts and Culture is an online platform that showcases high-resolution images and videos of artworks and cultural artifacts from more than 2,000 museums throughout the world. You can zoom in and out of images in great detail and view some of the best pieces of artwork ever created without leaving your couch.

The platform is available in 18 languages and has been praised internationally for increasing access to art to those who may have not had the opportunity otherwise. It’s available for web , iOS , and Android .

1. The Albertina Museum (Vienna, Austria)

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Year Opened:  1805

The Albertina Museum features one of the most important European collections of international modern art and houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with approximately 65,000 drawings and 1 million old master prints. Hundreds of the works housed in the museum, like “Study for the Last Supper” by Da Vinci and “The Water Lily Pond” by Monet, can be viewed online thanks to a partnership with Google Arts and Culture.

To view the online exhibits, click here .

2. Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

Art Institute of Chicago

Year Opened: 1879

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S., hosting approximately 1.5 million people annually. Its collection features more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world and contains more than 300,000 works of art in 11 curatorial departments.

The online tour allows you to view major pieces from the museum’s collection, such as “American Gothic,” “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” and “Nighthawks.” The site also offers projects to get creative at home, educator resources, and JourneyMaker, a digital tool that allows visitors to create unique, personalized tours of the museum.

To view the online tour, click here .

3. Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece)

Benaki Museum Athens

Year Opened: 1930

Established in 1930 by Antonis Benakis in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis, the Benaki Museum houses Greek works of art from prehistoric to modern times and an extensive collection of Asian art. It also hosts periodic exhibitions and maintains a state-of-the-art restoration and conservation workshop.

The entire museum can be viewed virtually in great detail.

To view the online virtual tour, click here .

4. The Broad (Los Angeles, California)

The Broad

Year Opened: 2015

The Broad is a contemporary art museum named for philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. The Broad houses a nearly 2,000-piece collection of contemporary art, featuring 200 artists including works by Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. Notable installations include Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room” (pictured above) and Ragnar Kjartansson’s expansive 9-screen video “The Visitors.”

The Broad has put together a series of YouTube videos to give you a first-hand look at the museum.

5. Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)

Centre Pompidou

Year Opened : 1977

The Centre Pompidou, named after the president of France from 1969 to 1974, is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art in Europe and the second-largest in the world. The museum has more than 12,000 pieces of artwork on display, including works by Kandinsky, Dalí, and Valadon.

The Centre has dozens of videos available on its YouTube channel that provide walk-throughs of the museum and explanations of its most important works.

To view the video tours, click here .

6. The Dalí Theatre-Museum (Figueres, Spain)

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Year Opened : 1974

Dedicated to the life and work of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, the Dalí Theatre-Museum displays the single largest and most diverse collection of works by the artist. In addition to Dalí paintings from all decades of his career, there are Dalí sculptures, 3-dimensional collages, mechanical devices, and other curiosities from Dalí’s imagination. Through the website, guests can take a virtual tour in 360-degree of the entire museum.

To view the virtual tour, click here .

7. Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan)

Detroit Institute of Arts

Year Opened: 1885

With more than 100 galleries covering over 658,000 square feet, the Detroit Institute of Arts has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the U.S. Its collection features works spanning from ancient Egypt and Europe all the way to modern contemporary art.

The museum has put together “ At Home With DIA ” to offer school field trips from home, weekly film screenings, senior resources, and home projects. DIA also has a partnership with Google Arts and Culture to provide online exhibits including:

  • Frida Kahlo in Detroit
  • Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists
  • Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry
  • Self Portrait on the Borderline between Mexico and the United States

8. Frick Collection (New York City, New York)

Frick Collection

Year Opened: 1935

Located in the Henry Clay Frick House, the Frick Collection houses the art collection of industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The collection features some of the best-known paintings by major European artists, including Bellini, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, as well as numerous works of sculpture and porcelain.

The entire museum can be viewed virtually.

9. Galleria dell’Accademia (Florence, Italy)

Statue of David

Year Opened : 1784

The Galleria dell’Accademia, while small compared to other museums featured, is still the second most visited museum in Italy. Its command of visitors is in large part due to its display of perhaps the most famous sculpture in history — Michaelangelo’s statue of David.

You can view a short, video-guided tour of the museum, which includes 360-degree viewing, allowing you to get a close look at the museum’s offerings.

To view the video tour, click here .

10. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (Sante Fe, New Mexico)

Georgia OKeeffe Museum

Year Opened: 1997

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and her contributions to American Modernism. The museum’s collection includes many of O’Keeffe’s key works, ranging from her innovative abstractions to her iconic large-format flower, skull, and landscape paintings, to paintings of architectural forms, rocks, shells, and trees. Initially, the collection was made of 140 O’Keeffe paintings, watercolors, pastels, and sculptures, but now includes nearly 1,200 objects.

The museum website offers creative activities, stories, and education about Georgia O’Keeffe’s life, along with several virtual exhibits available through Google Arts and Culture, including:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe
  • American Modernism
  • United States

11. Grand Palais (Paris, France)

Grand Palais

Year Opened : 1900

The Grand Palais is a large historic site, exhibition hall, and museum dedicated to the organization of exhibitions, publishing books, art workshops, photographic agency, and hosting major fairs and events. The museum receives 2.5 million visitors each year. The partnership with Google Arts and Culture brings extensive online exhibits to life, from the construction of the building to the masterpieces that lie within it.

12. Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Hermitage Museum

Year Opened : 1764

The Hermitage Museum is the second-largest and eighth-most visited art museum in the world. The Hermitage has more than 60,000 pieces of artwork on display, including the “Peacock Clock” by James Cox, “Madonna Litta” by Leonardo Da Vinci, and works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Antonio Canova.

The online tour is extremely comprehensive and allows you to virtually walk through all 6 buildings in the main complex, treasure gallery, and several exhibition projects.

13. High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia)

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Year Opened : 1905

The High Museum of Art offers over 15,000 works of art in its collection and is the leading art museum in the southeastern U.S. The museum focuses on 19th- and 20th-century American art, historic and contemporary decorative arts and design, European paintings, modern and contemporary art, photography, folk and self-taught art, and African art.

The museum’s partnership with Google Arts and Culture also offers online exhibits for viewing including:

  • Bill Traylor’s Drawings of People, Animals, and Events
  • How Iris van Herpen Transformed Fashion
  • Incredible, Innovative, and Unexpected Contemporary Furniture Designs
  • Photos From the Civil Rights Movement

14. The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California)

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Year Opened: 1953

The J. Paul Getty Museum is made up of 2 campuses — the Getty Center and Getty Villa — that receive more than 2 million visitors per year. The Getty Center features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts and photographs from the 1830s through present-day from all over the world. The Getty Villa displays art from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

The museum has put together online resources like art books, online exhibitions, podcasts, and videos, all viewable on its website .

It has also partnered with Google Arts and Culture to showcase online exhibits including:

  • 18th Century Pastel Portraits
  • The Art of Three Faiths: Torah, Bible, Qur’an
  • Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
  • Getty Museum Acquisitions 2019
  • Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well

To view the online galleries, click here .

15. Kunsthaus Zürich (Zürich, Switzerland)

Kunsthaus Zürich

Year Opened : 1910

The Kunsthaus Zürich features one of Switzerland’s most important art collections from the 13th century to the present day. While the museum places an emphasis on Swiss artists, including Alberto Giacometti, you’ll also find work from the likes of Monet, Picasso, and Warhol.

The museum’s partnership with Google Arts and Culture has digitized several of the museum’s best collections for viewing.

16. La Galleria Nazionale (Rome, Italy)

La Galleria Nazionale

Year Opened: 1883

La Galleria Nazionale displays about 1,100 paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries — the largest collection in Italy. It features work from famous Italian artists including Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Alberto Burri, and foreign artists including Cézanne, Monet, Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh.

It has teamed up with Google to offer 16 virtual exhibits for online viewing.

17. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (Los Angeles, California)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Year Opened: 1910

LACMA is the largest art museum in the western U.S., attracts nearly a million visitors annually, and holds more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present.

The website (click LACMA @ Home ) includes exhibition walkthroughs, soundtracks and live recordings, online teaching resources, and courses.

To view the LACMA’s online virtual tour from Google Arts & Culture, click here .

18. Mauritshuis (The Hague, Netherlands)

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Year Opened : 1822

The Mauritshuis is home to some of the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age of Art. The museum consists of 854 works by artists like Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt Van Rijn, and Jan Steen. Famous works include “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (pictured above) and “View of Delft” by Vermeer, and “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” by Rembrandt.

The museum has partnered with Google Arts and Culture to bring several of its best works to life for virtual viewing.

To view the Mauritshuis’ online exhibits, click here .

19. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City, New York)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Year Opened: 1870

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, also known as “The Met,” is the largest art museum in the U.S. and the fourth most visited museum in the world with more than 6 million visitors each year. The permanent collection contains more than 2 million works from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all of the European masters (including Monet’s Water Lillies), and an extensive collection of American and modern art. It also has extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, and Islamic art.

The museum has extensive different online exhibits available for viewing through Google and its own Art at Home website .

20. Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)

Louvre Museum

Year Opened:  1793

The Louvre Palace, which houses the museum, began as a fortress under Philip II in the 12th century to protect the city from English soldiers that were in Normandy. It wasn’t repurposed as a museum until 1793. Now, the Louvre is easily one of the most historic art museums in the world. Not only is the Louvre the largest art museum in the world at 782,910 square feet (72,735 square meters), but it also had 9.6 million visitors in 2019, making it the most visited museum in the world as well. Featured masterpieces include “Mona Lisa,” “Winged Victory of Samothrace,” “Venus de Milo,” and “Hammurabi’s Code.”

The Louvre has several virtual galleries on display, including:

  • The Advent of the Artist, including works from Delacroix, Rembrandt, and Tintoretto
  • Egyptian Antiquities, featuring collections from the Pharaonic period
  • Remains of the Louvre’s Moat — visitors can walk around the original perimeter moat and view the piers that supported the drawbridge dating back to 1190
  • Galerie d’Apollon, destroyed by fire in 1661 and recently rebuilt for viewing

To view the Louvre’s virtual tour page, click here .

21. Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France)

Musée d’Orsay

Year Opened: 1986

The Musée d’Orsay is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe and had more than 3.6 million visitors in 2019. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, including works by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Sisley, and Van Gogh.

The museum allows you to virtually walk through one of its popular galleries, featuring hundreds of paintings from French artists.

To view the Musée d’Orsay online gallery, click here .

22. Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid, Spain)

Museo Del Prado

Year Opened : 1819

The Museo Nacional del Prado is considered to have one of the greatest collections of European art in the world and offers guests the single largest collection of Spanish art. The collection currently comprises around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures. Well-known works include “Las Meninas” by Diego Velázquez, “The Third of May 1808” by Francisco De Goya, and “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch.

The museum’s online gallery allows you to get a close look at over 10,000 different pieces of art. The Prado also offers a 1-hour live show on Instagram every morning at 4 a.m. EST.

To view the online gallery, click here .

23. Museo Frida Kahlo (Mexico City, Mexico)

Museo Frida Kahlo

Year Opened: 1958

The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House due to its blue walls, is a historic museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The building was Kahlo’s birthplace, the home where she grew up, lived with her husband Diego Rivera for many years, and where she later died in a room on the upper floor. The museum contains a collection of artwork by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and other artists, along with the couple’s Mexican folk art, pre-Hispanic artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, personal items, and more. Find out more in our guide to the best museums in Mexico City .

24. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain)

guernica

Year Opened: 1990

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, also called the Museo Reina Sofía, is one of the most popular art museums in the world. The museum includes large collections of Spain’s 2 most popular artists, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Famous works on display include “Guernica” and “Woman in Blue” by Picasso and “Cubist Self Portrait” by Dalí.

You can view collections of artwork at the Reina Sofía through its partnership with Google Arts and Culture.

25. Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil)

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Year Opened: 1947

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is Brazil’s first modern art museum. The museum is internationally recognized for its collection of European art, as it’s considered the finest museum in Latin America and all of the Southern Hemisphere. The museum primarily features Brazilian art, prints, and drawings, as well as smaller collections of African and Asian art, antiquities, decorative arts, and others, amounting to more than 8,000 pieces. MASP also has one of the largest art libraries in the country.

You can now take a virtual tour of online galleries the museum has to offer, including:

  • Art from Brazil until 1900
  • Art from Italy: Rafael to Titian
  • Art from France: from Delacroix to Cézanne
  • Art in Fashion
  • Histories of Madness: The Drawings of Juquery
  • Picture Gallery in Transformation

26. Museum of Broken Relationships (Los Angeles, California and Zagreb, Croatia)

Museum of Broken Relationships

Year Opened: 2010

The Museum of Broken Relationships is dedicated to failed love relationships. Its exhibits include personal objects left over from former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions. The museum was founded by 2 Zagreb-based artists, film producer Olinka Vištica and sculptor Dražen Grubišić, after their 4-year relationship came to an end.

The virtual tour includes a close-up collection of dozens of the museum’s most interesting pieces.

27. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The 17th largest art museum in the world, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) hosts one of the most extensive art collections in the U.S. It houses over 8,000 paintings, surpassed only by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and exceeds 1 million visitors each year. Pieces by world-renowned artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Monet are featured alongside sculptures, mummies, ceramics, and other artifacts from ancient civilizations.

There are currently 16 online exhibits available for viewing.

28. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, Texas)

Museum of Fine Art Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) is one of the largest museums in the U.S., and its collection features over 64,000 works from 6 continents. The collection places emphasis on pre-Columbian and African gold, Renaissance and Baroque painting and sculpture, 19th- and 20th-century art, photography, and Latin American art. Read our guide to the best museums in Houston for more information.

The museum has 14 online exhibits available for viewing in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture.

29. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (New York City, New York)

The Museum of Modern Art

Year Opened: 1929

Regarded as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world, MoMA’s art collection features an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books, and artist’s books, film, and electronic media. MoMA’s holdings include more than 150,000 individual pieces including Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans” and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” in addition to approximately 22,000 films and 4 million film stills.

MoMA’s website offers 86,000 works of art that can be viewed online, along with a partnership with Google Arts and Culture to create a virtual display of its Sophie Taeber-Arp exhibit.

To view the website’s collection, click here . To view the Google exhibit, click here .

30. National Gallery (London, England)

National Gallery London

Year Opened : 1824

The National Gallery features more than 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900, including works such as “Sunflowers” by Van Gogh, “The Virgin on the Rocks” by Da Vinci, and “The Arnolfini Portrait” by Jan Van Eyck.

Its website offers a few virtual tours, showcasing many rooms in the museum, the Sainsbury Wing, and a Google Virtual tour.

31. National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)

National Gallery of Art

Year Opened: 1937

The National Gallery of Art and its attached Sculpture Garden are located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and are open to the public free of charge. The museum was privately established in 1937 for the American people by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress.

The National Gallery is widely considered to be one of the greatest museums in the U.S. It ranks second in total visitors of all American museums, 10th in the world, and features incredible pieces including Jackson Pollock’s “Number 1,” Leonardo da Vinci’s “Ginevra de’ Benci,” and Degas’ “Little Dancer Aged 14.”

The museum has put together a collection of educational resources on its website for teachers, families, and children. It also features online exhibits through Google Arts and Culture including:

  • American Fashion — highlights from 1740 to 1895
  • Johannes Vermeer — Dutch Baroque painter

To view the National Gallery of Art online collection page, click here .

32. National Gallery of Victoria (Victoria, Melbourne, Australia)

National Gallery of Victoria

Year Opened: 1861

The National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest, largest, and most visited art museum. The museum offers a wide variety of international and Australian art in its collection, including paintings, drawings, photography, and sculptures.

The online tour includes walk-throughs of exhibits, including highlights from the NGV Triennial 2020 and Chinese Collection, as well as exhibits featuring Goya and KAWS.

33. National Museum of China (Beijing, China)

Resplendence of the Tang Dynasty National Museum of China

Year Opened : 2003

The National Museum of China covers Chinese history from 1.7 million years ago to the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. Notable works include the “Houmuwu” Rectangle Ding, a rectangular bronze sacrificial vessel made in the late Shang Dynasty, the heaviest piece of ancient bronze ware in the world, and a Han Dynasty jade burial suit laced with gold thread. It is one of the largest museums in the world, and the second most visited art museum in the world, just after the Louvre.

The museum has virtual exhibits available for 360-degree viewing including:

  • Resplendence of the Tang Dynasty
  • Sunken Silver

34. National Museum of Korea (Seoul, South Korea)

National Museum of Korea

Year Opened : 1909

The National Museum of Korea is the top museum of Korean history and art and has been committed to various studies and research activities in the fields of archaeology, history, and art, continuously developing a variety of exhibitions and education programs.

The museum’s virtual tour provides a 3D walk-through of exhibits, including 1,000 years of Korean design and 500 years of the Joseon Dynasty.

35. National Museum, New Delhi (New Delhi, India)

National Museum New Delhi sculpture

Year Opened: 1949

The National Museum, New Delhi is one of the largest museums in India. The museum has around 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ancient texts, armor, and decorative arts ranging from the pre-historic era to modern works — covering over 5,000 years.

The museum has partnered with Google to bring its online exhibits to life, including:

  • Art of Caligraphy
  • Cadence and Counterpoint
  • Indian Bronzes
  • Nauras: The Many Arts of the Deccan
  • Pottery from Ancient Peru
  • Treasures of National Museum, India
  • Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love

36. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul, South Korea)

Museum of Modern Contemporary Art Seoul

Year Opened: 1969

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art was first established in 1969 as the only national art museum in South Korea, accommodating modern and contemporary art of Korea and international art of different time periods. The museum features over 7,000 pieces of artwork, including works of contemporary Korean artists such as Go Hui-dong, Ku Bon-ung, Park Su-geun, and Kim Whan-ki.

Google’s virtual tour takes you through 6 floors of contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

37. National Palace Museum (Taipei, Taiwan)

Garden of Compassion and Tranquility at National Palace Museum Taipei

Year Opened : 1965

The National Palace Museum has a collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks. The collection encompasses 8,000 years of history of Chinese art, including jade, paintings, bronzes, and porcelain that were formerly held in the Forbidden City of Peking.

The museum offers 360-degree virtual tours of many different exhibits.

To view the virtual tours, click here .

38. National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.)

National Portrait Gallery

Year Opened : 1962

The National Portrait Gallery has a collection of over 21,000 works of art. The collection focuses on images of famous Americans and how they’ve shaped U.S. culture. A major attraction of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection is the Hall of Presidents, which contains portraits of nearly all American presidents. It is the largest and most complete collection in the world, except for the White House collection itself.

The museum has several collections featured on Google Arts and Culture, but also offers digital workshops, and distance learning resources for children and teachers.

To view the online resources, click here .

39. Pergamonmuseum (Berlin, Germany)

Pergamon Altar, view of the Gigantomachy frieze / north risalit

The Pergamonmuseum houses monumental buildings, such as the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Market Gate of Miletus reconstructed from the ruins found in Anatolia, as well as the Mshatta Facade. The museum is subdivided into the antiquity collection, the Middle East museum, and the museum of Islamic art. It is visited by over 1 million people every year.

The museum has dozens of structures and other artifacts that can be viewed online.

40. Picasso Museum (Barcelona, Spain)

Museu Picasso

Year Opened: 1963

The Picasso Museum, located in the heart of Barcelona’s Latin Quarter, is visited by millions every year. They come to marvel at the best works of Picasso, perhaps the most famous painter of all, but stay to marvel at the best-preserved medieval architecture in Barcelona. With 4,251 works by the painter exhibited, the museum has one of the most complete permanent collections of his works.

The online tour offers a large selection of Picasso’s finest works, as well as virtual tours of the museum’s beautiful courtyards.

41. Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Rijksmuseum

Year Opened: 1798

The Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague in 1798 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first located in the Royal Palace. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened in 1885. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history from the years 1200 to 2000, and a total collection of 1 million objects. The museum features masterpieces including Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” and “The Jewish Bride,” plus works by Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer, who are known to have been major contributors to the Golden Age of Dutch art.

Google offers a street view tour of some excellent art pieces located in the museum, and the museum has put together an entire virtual tour of all of the museum’s masterpieces viewable on its website.

To view the Google street view tour, click here . You can also view the museum’s From Home microsite and masterpieces tour .

42. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, California)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SFMOMA

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is composed of over 33,000 works of art spread throughout 7 gallery floors and 45,000 square feet of space. Following a 3-year closure for expansion, the museum reopened in 2016 and is now one of San Francisco’s must-see destinations.

SFMOMA’s website is updated regularly with videos and articles regarding current exhibits, projects, and artist showcases and provides behind-the-scenes looks of the museum. 

To view the museum’s multimedia features, click here .

Read our guide to the best museums in San Francisco to find out more.

43. Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Museums (Vatican City)

Sistine Chapel

Year Opened: 1483

The Sistine Chapel, located inside of the Apostolic Palace (the official residence of the pope in Vatican City), is easily the most popular chapel in the world. The chapel is famous for its magnificent ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, and is considered to be one of the best artworks to come out of the Italian Renaissance. The primary panels of the ceiling showcase 9 scenes from the Book of Genesis, of which “The Creation of Adam” (pictured above) is the best known and most recognized.

Its website offers a virtual tour of the chapel’s most stunning sites, including the ability to marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling from the comfort of your couch.

44. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City, New York)

Guggenheim NYC

Year Opened: 1939

The Guggenheim Museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939. It is the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early modern, and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year.

Google’s  Street View feature lets you tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase and some of its art pieces. It also offers a handful of online collections on its website .

45. Tate Modern (London, England)

Tate Modern

Year Opened: 2000

Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world, consisting of art dating from 1900 until today. The gallery receives over 5 million visitors a year, making it the sixth most visited art museum in the world and the most visited in the U.K.

The Tate Modern has published dozens of videos on its YouTube channel that give you an in-depth look at many of its exhibits, including the Andy Warhol exhibit and the Aubrey Beardsley exhibit.

To view the Tate Modern’s YouTube channel, click here .

46. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Madrid, Spain)

Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

Year Opened: 1992

Located in Madrid, the Thyssen has over 1,600 paintings inside its walls and was once the second-largest private collection in the world after the British Royal Collection. It includes works from the Italian primitives, the English, Dutch, and German schools, Impressionists, Expressionists, and European and American paintings from the 20th century. It also features pieces from the continent’s most celebrated artists including Rembrandt and Dalí.

The virtual tour includes a detailed look at the permanent collection, along with exhibits including the Rembrandt and Impressionist galleries.

47. Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo, Japan)

Tokyo National Museum

Year Opened : 1872

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest art museum in Japan, and one of the largest art museums in the world. At the museum, you’ll find a collection of artwork and cultural objects from Asia, ancient and medieval Japanese art, and Asian art along the Silk Road.

The museum has teamed up with Google’s Arts and Culture to provide an inside look at what the museum has to offer.

48. Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy)

Uffizi Gallery

Year Opened: 1581

The Uffizi was designed by Giorgio Vasari for Cosimo I de’ Medici, whose family members were by far the largest patrons of art in Renaissance Italy. The museum now spans over 139,000 square feet with 101 different rooms that house its art pieces, including famous pieces such as “The Birth of Venus.” Over 2 million people visit the Uffizi each year, making it the most viewed art museum in Italy.

The museum has teamed up with Google to showcase online galleries including:

  • Piero di Cosimo, Perseus Freeing Andromeda
  • The Santa Trinita Maestà, Cimabue
  • The Creative Process Behind Federico Barocci’s Drawings
  • Drawings by Amico Aspertini and other Bolognese artists

49. Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Van Gogh Museum

Year Opened: 1973

The Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to perhaps one of the most famous artists of all time — Vincent Van Gogh. The museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters. The museum has over 2 million visitors each year and is the 23rd most visited art museum in the world. Find out more in our review to the best museums in Amsterdam .

The museum has teamed up with Google to create online exhibits on Vincent Van Gogh’s love life and the books he loved to read. You can also visit the museum’s website for a selection of things to do for young children, including school lessons and coloring pages.

50. Victoria and Albert Museum (London, England)

Dior Exhibit Victoria and Albert Museum

Year Opened : 1852

The Victoria and Albert Museum collection spans 5,000 years of art from Europe, North America, Asia, and North Africa. The collection of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewelry, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings, and photographs is among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

The virtual tour, in partnership with Google Arts and Culture, offers several online exhibits ranging from fashion to surrealism.

1. American Museum of Natural History (New York City, New York)

American Museum of Natural History

Year Opened : 1869

One of the largest natural history museums in the world, the American Museum of Natural History contains 34 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts.

The museum’s 360-degree virtual tours offer an up-close look at permanent exhibits, current exhibits, past exhibits, and research stations.

2. The British Museum (London, England)

British Museum

Year Opened: 1759

The British Museum is one of the largest in the world and houses over 8 million works within its walls. Established in 1759, it was the first public national museum in the world. Visitors can tour the great court and view some of the most famous objects in history, like the Elgin Marbles of Greece and the Rosetta Stone of Egypt.

The Museum is the world’s largest indoor space on Google Street View and you can go on a virtual visit to more than 60 galleries.

The British Museum also has virtual galleries on display, including:

  • Prints and Drawings

To visit the British Museum’s virtual tour page, click here .

3. National Museum of Anthropology (Mexico City, Mexico)

National Museum of Anthropology Sun Stone

Year Opened: 1964

The National Museum of Anthropology is the largest and most visited museum in all of Mexico. The museum contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage, such as the Stone of the Sun (or the Aztec calendar stone) and the Aztec Xochipilli statue.

The museum has made more than 100 items available for Google visitors to explore from home.

To view the museum’s online collection, click here .

4. National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.)

Smithsonian Natural History

Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is the 11th most visited museum in the world and the most visited natural history museum in the world. With over 325,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum’s collections contain over 145 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts — the largest natural history collection in the world. Highlights of the collection include the Hope Diamond and the Star of Asia Sapphire.

You can view all of these specimens from the comfort of your home as the museum has dozens of different online exhibits that can all be accessed on its website.

To view the museum’s virtual tour, click here .

5. Natural History Museum (London, England)

Natural History Museum London

Year Opened: 1881

Undoubtably one of the best Museums in London , the Natural History Museum in London showcases 80 million life and earth science specimens of great historical and scientific value, even housing pieces collected by Charles Darwin. There are 5 categories within the museum: botany , entomology , mineralogy , paleontology , and zoology . Over 5 million people visit this museum each year, making it the most visited natural history museum in Europe.

One of the museum’s most prominent displays is the skeleton of an 82-foot long blue whale named Hope, which you can learn more about through a self-guided virtual tour, along with several other galleries. 

1. London Science Museum (London, England)

London Science Museum

Year Opened : 1857

The London Science Museum holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including famous items such as Stephenson’s Rocket, Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine, some of the earliest remaining steam engines, and documentation of the first typewriter.

Thanks to Google Street View, guests can take a virtual tour of the entire museum, or watch curator gallery guides on the museum’s YouTube channel.

To view the virtual tour or videos, click here .

2. Museo Galileo (Florence, Italy)

Museo Galileo

Dedicated to the scientist and astronomer Galileo Galilei, the Museo Galilei is housed in an 11th-century palace known as the Palazzo Castellini. The museum has a collection of over 5,000 ancient scientific instruments dating back to the 13th century, and among its most notable items is the telescope Galileo used to discover the satellites of Jupiter.

Visitors from around the world have the opportunity to explore the inside of the museum and can access more than 1,000 permanent exhibition objects through the online catalog.

3. The Museum of Flight (Seattle, Washington)

The Museum of Flight

Year Opened: 1965

The Museum of Flight is the largest private air and space museum in the world and attracts over 500,000 visitors every year. The museum has more than 150 aircraft in its collection, including the Lockheed Model 10-E Electra (the aircraft Amelia Earhart was piloting when she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean), Boeing 747s, and the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (pictured above).

The museum offers 360-degree tours that let you step inside dozens of these iconic aircraft.

4. The Museum of Natural Sciences of Belgium (Brussels, Belgium)

The Museum of Natural Sciences of Belgium

Year Opened: 1846

The Museum of Natural Sciences of Belgium is dedicated to natural history and is part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The dinosaur hall of the museum is the world’s largest museum hall completely dedicated to dinosaurs, and its most important pieces are 30 fossilized Iguanodon skeletons, which were discovered in 1878 in Bernissart.

It has partnered with Google to set up virtual exhibits for viewing, including:

  • 360-degree guided tour
  • The Bernissart Iguanodons
  • From Salehanthropus to Homo Sapiens
  • Over 250 Years of Natural Sciences
  • Past, Present, Future: The Marvels of Evolution

To view the museum’s online exhibits, click here .

5. Museum of Science, Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)

Museum of Science Boston

Year Opened: 1830

The Museum of Science, Boston, receiving over 1.5 million visitors annually, is a museum and indoor zoo with more than 700 interactive exhibits and over 100 animals, many of which have been rescued and rehabilitated.

The museum offers a phenomenal virtual tour full of digital exhibits, videos, and audio presentations.

6. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (Washington, D.C.)

NASA Astronaut Edward White during first EVA performed during Gemini 4 flight

NASA, founded in 1958, was created by the federal government to develop the civilian space program, as well as to conduct aeronautics, space, and astrophysics research. Since its inception, NASA has been responsible for historic space missions including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and the space shuttle.

NASA has partnered with Google Arts and Culture to bring many online exhibits to life to showcase the beauty of space exploration.

7. National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)

Air and Space Museum

Year Opened : 1946

The National Air and Space Museum is a center for the history and science of aviation, spaceflight, planetary science, terrestrial geology, and geophysics. It is the fifth most visited museum in the world (the second most visited in the U.S.), and contains the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, the Friendship 7 capsule, the Wright brothers’ Wright Flyer airplane, and Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis.

The virtual tour offers a 360-degree walk-through of the entire museum.

8. National Museum of Computing (Bletchley Park, England)

National Museum of Computing

Year Opened: 2007

The National Museum of Computing is dedicated to collecting and restoring historic computer systems. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of working historic computers dating back to the 1940s, including a rebuilt Mark 2 Colossus computer, alongside an exhibition of the most complex code-cracking activities performed at the Park.

In the 3D virtual tour, viewers can move around the galleries looking at the machines and their descriptions with the added bonus of hyperlinks to video and text explanations providing further detail and history of the exhibits.

9. National Museum of the United States Air Force (Riverside, Ohio)

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Year Opened: 1923

Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Riverside, Ohio, the National Museum of the United States Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display.

The virtual tour allows visitors to take a virtual, 360-degree, self-guided tour of the entire museum by navigating from gallery to gallery.

10. Oxford University’s History of Science Museum (Oxford, England)

Oxford University's History of Science Museum

Year Opened: 1683

Oxford’s History of Science Museum holds a leading collection of scientific instruments from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

The museum, ever ahead of the times, has offered virtual tours since 1995. You’ll get to explore the fantastic exhibits and artifacts of some of the most important scientific discoveries in science history.

1. Acropolis Museum (Athens, Greece)

West and South Frieze Acropolis Museum

Year Opened : 2009

The Acropolis Museum is centered around the archaeological findings at the site of Athens’ most important structure — the Acropolis. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.

The museum has partnered with Google Arts and Culture to bring the museum to life virtually. Now you can view rock, marble, and sculptures certificates, all of which are thousands of years old, all from the comfort of your couch!

2. American Battlefield Trust Virtual Battlefield Tours

American Battlefield Trust Virtual Battlefield Tours

The American Battlefield Trust Virtual Battlefield Tours offers the incredible opportunity to experience 360-degree virtual tours of more than 20 American Revolution and Civil War battlefields. You can explore Gettysburg, with 15 different stops, each of which features icons that discuss in great detail the history and significance of the battle.

3. Anne Frank House (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Anne Frank House

Year Opened: 1957

What was once the house where Anne Frank went into hiding during WWII is now a museum dedicated to increasing awareness of Anne’s story and life in the attic. The Anne Frank House was established in cooperation with Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, and now welcomes over 1 million visitors from around the world each year.

The museum’s website offers a virtual reality tour of the annex, along with other educational resources about Anne’s life.

4. Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (Hyde Park, New York)

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library Museum

Year Opened: 1941

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum holds the records of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd U.S. president (1933 to 1945). The museum showcases the history behind FDR’s story, his presidency, New Deal policies, assassination attempt, and wartime decisions.

The 360-degree online tour gives you a close look at original documents, artifacts, and videos from FDR’s life.

5. National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.)

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Year Opened: 2003

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African-Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.

The museum website offers more than 15 different online exhibits covering African American history and culture.

Check out its online virtual tour  and digital resources guide .

6. National Museum of American History (Washington, D.C.)

Smithsonian Museum of American History

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has more than 1.8 million objects that highlight the history of the U.S — including the original Star-Spangled Banner, Julia Child’s kitchen, Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Indiana Jones’ fedora and whip, and more!

The museum offers about 100 online exhibits from its encyclopedic collections, each with a mix of photos, video, graphics, and text on topics ranging through the nation’s entire history.

7. National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Dolly the Sheep at National Museums Scotland

Year Opened : 1866

The National Museum of Scotland is dedicated to Scottish antiquities, culture, and history. The museum contains artifacts from around the world, encompassing geology, archaeology, natural history, science, technology, art, and world cultures. Popular items from the collections include Dolly the Sheep, the Arthur’s Seat coffins, and the Cramond Lioness sculpture.

The Museum’s galleries have been captured digitally in partnership with Google Arts & Culture, along with a virtual walk-through thanks to Google Street View.

8. National Women’s History Museum (Alexandria, Virginia)

National Women's History Museum

Year Opened: 1996

Founded in 1996 by Karen Staser, the National Women’s History Museum researches, collects, and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic, and political life of our nation in the context of world history.

Its website currently features 29 different online exhibits!

9. Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi’an at Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum (Xi’an, China)

terra cotta warriors of xian

Year Opened: 1974 (created third century B.C.)

The Terracotta Army at Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210 to 209 B.C. to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The sculptures include warriors, chariots, and horses. Estimates from 2007 were that the 3 pits containing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits near Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum.

The online experience allows you to get up close and personal with the sculptures in a full 360-degree experience!

To view the online virtual experience, click here .

10. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, D.C.)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Year Opened: 1980

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the country’s official memorial to the Holocaust. It is located on the National Mall alongside other monuments dedicated to freedom. Each year, the museum encourages its 1.6 million visitors to promote human dignity, confront hatred, prevent genocide, and strengthen democratic values. The museum’s collection includes millions of archival documents, artifacts, photographs, footage, and a list of over 200,000 registered survivors and their families, among other historical items.

Its website offers a wide selection of educational resources, including a virtual tour, and is available in 16 languages.

There you have it — 75 amazing #MuseumsAtHome options filled with one-of-a-kind artifacts covering art, science, history, and natural history, all of which can be “visited” virtually while you lounge in your pajamas! So whether you’re a massive fan of art, looking for an educational experience for your children, or simply need a way to keep yourself entertained, you can’t go wrong with a virtual tour of any of these world-class museums.

Frequently Asked Questions

What museums have virtual tours.

There are dozens of museums worldwide offering virtual tours — we have 75 on this list alone! But some of our favorites are the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the British Museum!

How much do virtual tours cost?

Every single virtual tour included on our list is completely free of charge!

What is a virtual museum tour?

A virtual museum tour is, in essence, a simulation of what you might experience when visiting the museum in person. Virtual tours are usually comprised of a collection of videos, still images, 3D walkthroughs, and narration that help you feel as though you’re visiting the museum — without actually doing so!

How do you do a virtual tour?

Doing a virtual tour is easy! Often, the museum will have a dedicated website page allowing you to view all of their virtual resources on 1 page.

In the case of museums that have a 3D walkthrough, you can “walk” yourself through the museum by clicking from artwork to artwork, and exhibit to exhibit, as if you were actually visiting the museum in person!

Are virtual tours worth it?

Absolutely! If you’re currently not able to visit a museum in person, but want to experience all it has to offer, a virtual tour allows you to do just that — all from the comforts of your home!

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40 Amazing Educational Virtual Field Trips

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Amazing Educational Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips are a game changer. Not only do they fill in for real field trips when budgets and other roadblocks prevent in-person options, but virtual field trips also open doors to educational experiences all over the country and the world, both past and present. No fundraising or permission slips required!

(Note: For anyone who needs it, YouTube offers a closed-captioning option. Just click the CC button in the bottom right-hand corner.)

1. Amazon Career Tours

Amazon career tours

Amazon Career Tours are free virtual field trips that inspire students to pursue careers of the future. Tour whenever, wherever on Kahoot! Each tour comes with a Teacher Toolkit that includes a facilitation guide and student worksheets.

  • (New!) Amazon Music: Careers Behind the Beats : From studio to streaming, check out how computer science and amazing professionals make listening to your favorite songs possible.
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour : Explore how packages get delivered at lightning speed and how computer science, engineering, and real people work together to make the magic happen. 
  • Data Center Tour 1: Uncovering Cloud Computing : Do students know what “the cloud” actually is? Find out how we went from renting movies at the store to streaming them from anywhere at any time.
  • Data Center Tour 2: Keeping Data Safe and Sustainable : Discover the infrastructure that keeps your information safe and sustainable while diving into data careers of the future.
  • Space Innovation Tour : Students will learn about the amazing technology on board the Orion spacecraft in NASA’s Artemis I flight test and hear from the engineers who made it all possible.

There are so many amazing online options when it comes to zoos that we couldn’t narrow it down to just one. Most zoos have live webcams in some of their most popular exhibits, such as the KC Zoo Polar Bear Cam and the Giant Panda Cam at Smithsonian’s National Zoo . However, some zoos offer a more in-depth look. You’ll definitely want to check out the San Diego Zoo as their site for kids includes behind-the-scenes videos and stories, as well as a variety of printable activities and online games. Check out our full list of virtual zoo goodness.

3. The Aquarium

It’s a similar story with aquariums. You have your pick of live webcams, but our favorites are the Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager webcam (wait for the whale shark!) and the “Jelly Cam” at Monterey Bay Aquarium (so soothing). The Seattle Aquarium even has a 30-minute video tour . Want more under-the-sea fun? Here’s our ultimate list of virtual aquarium field trips.

4. The Farm

The classic preschool field trip goes online! You can have your pick of dairy farm field trips, but we like this one from the Dairy Alliance  and this one from Stonyfield Organic . Farm Food 360 gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Canadian farm and food tours—from raising pigs to making milk and cheese. We’re also loving these virtual egg farm field trips from the American Egg Board.

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5. An Art Museum

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We found 20 art museums with virtual tours , including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s # MetKids and its awesome Where’s Waldo? setup. And you can’t miss the world-famous Louvre in Paris (no passport needed!). Check out the current virtual tours: Traveling Materials and Objects, the Advent of the Artist, the Body in Movement, and Founding Myths: From Hercules to Darth Vader!

6. A National Park

From webcams at Hawaii volcanoes to a virtual run along the rim of the Grand Canyon , you have tons of options here. Our top pick would have to be Yellowstone. The interactive maps are a great way to see the Mammoth Hot Springs and Mud Volcano, but we think kids will be psyched about the Old Faithful Geyser livestream and the opportunity to make their own predictions for its next eruption . Check out everything the National Park Service has to offer virtually.

7. A Planetarium

Through Stellarium Web , kids can explore over 60,000 stars, locate planets, and watch sunrises and solar eclipses. If you enter your location, you can see all the constellations that are visible in the night sky in your corner of the world.

8. A Recycling Center

Take your students on a virtual field trip of a recycling center and a modern landfill . Plus, there’s a full-on curriculum that includes lesson plans, take-home handouts, and more.

9. Slime in Space

Nickelodeon teamed up with two astronauts on the International Space Station to demonstrate how slime reacts to microgravity and had kids reproduce those same demonstrations back here on Earth. It makes for an amazing 15-minute virtual field trip .

10. Nature Lab

The Nature Conservancy has a brand-new virtual field trip entitled “You’re the Scientist! Citizen Science, Frogs & Cicadas.” Check out their full library of videos on topics like climate change and water security.

11. Discovery Education

Discovery Education hosts a variety of virtual events —each with a companion guide with hands-on learning activities. Current offerings include “Making a New Life: The Courage of a Refugee” and “The Future Is Now” (architectural and engineering innovations). Stay tuned for their upcoming civics virtual field trip, “The American Ideal.”

12. The Great Lakes

This virtual field trip from Great Lakes Now has three components: coastal wetlands, algae, and lake sturgeon. Each video is a quick five minutes long.

13. The Strong National Museum of Play

Explore online exhibits and discover the history and evolution of play. Check out board games that changed play, sports video games that shaped digital play, and the making of Monopoly to name a few.

14. U.S. Census Bureau

Kids can learn about the most recent Census and how census data is collected and used. This virtual field trip also features interviews with subject matter experts and an interactive challenge.

15. National Constitution Center

The “Museum of We the People,” the Constitution Center serves as a “headquarters for civic education.” Check out the Interactive Constitution section , and be sure to watch the virtual tour .

16. The Johnson Space Center

Houston, we have a virtual field trip. Three, actually. All with companion educator guides. The star of the show is the behind-the-scenes tour of the Johnson Space Center .

17. Birthplace of Music

Boise State put together this fully interactive virtual field trip with text, photos, audio, and video about the history of music. The four featured music locations are: Vienna, Austria; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia.

18. Colonial Williamsburg

This living-history museum provides a look into life in an early American community. The website offers five different webcams featuring areas such as the tavern and the armory.

19. Mount Vernon

This virtual experience of George Washington’s home is incredibly well done. Enter the different buildings—from the opulent mansion to the chilling slave quarters—and click on different items for video and text explanations.

20. Mount Rushmore

This virtual tour comes with a real tour guide! Blaine Kortemeyer is the Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Education, who lends his expertise on the building of this national monument. The 3D Explorer is also an excellent tool.

21. The Manhattan Project

Take a visit to the National WWII Museum for “a cross-country virtual expedition to discover the science, sites, and stories of the creation of the atomic bomb.” Don’t forget to download the classroom guide!

22. The White House

For a look inside the iconic building, check out the 360° tour of some of the most historic rooms of the People’s House, from the Situation Room to the Oval Office. Examine each room and check out the contents up close.

23. The Smithsonian

The National Museum of Natural History’s virtual experiences are self-guided, room-by-room tours of permanent, current, and past exhibits. Be sure to send kids to the second floor Bone Hall so they can take a look at all different kinds of skeletons.

24. Google Arts & Culture

A collaboration with over 1,200 leading museums and archives, Google Arts & Culture is an incredible storehouse of monumental works of art. We recommend the Street View and Play sections.

25. 360 Cities

Boasting the world’s largest collection of 360° image videos, 360 Cities provides kids with the opportunity to see stunning panoramas across the globe, including their video of the ice floe on the Vistula River in Poland.

26. Buckingham Palace

It’s the official residence of the Queen of England, and boy, is it opulent! Get a peek inside the gorgeous Grand Staircase, White Drawing Room, Throne Room, and Blue Drawing Room.

27. The Great Wall of China

See one of the wonders of the world with this amazing, thousands-year-old fortification system known the world over. This virtual tour has four scenes available (you have to pay to get access to all 14). The bird’s-eye view of Mutianyu pass is a highlight.

28. Easter Island

Easter Island Moai Statues at Rano Raraku under sunny summer sky. Rano Raraku, Rapa Nui National Park, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile.

Most of us recognize the giant stone statues of Easter Island, but what’s the story behind them? Nova’s online adventure “Secrets of Easter Island” delves into the mystery with a virtual tour.

29. Son Doong Cave

National Geographic lets you explore the world’s largest cave, located in Vietnam. Use the interactive map to enjoy the fully immersive experience (sound on!).

30. Ancient Egypt

You don’t need a time machine! Discovering Ancient Egypt has a ton of free resources, but it’s the interactive pyramid map and 3D temple reconstructions that really give it a field trip feel.

31. Back Through Time

Virtually visit Turn Back the Clock , a museum exhibit that ran for two years at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Through compelling personal stories, innovative interactive media, and pop culture artifacts, the exhibit takes guests through seven decades of history—from the dawn of the nuclear age to significant policy questions our leaders face today.

Landscape on planet Mars, scenic desert scene on the red planet

No, really! You can absolutely “go” to the red planet. With Access Mars , you can see the actual surface of Mars, recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Trust us—don’t skip the intro. And if your kids liked that, check out this 4K tour of the moon . These may go down in history as some of the best virtual field trips your students get to experience.

33. The Battleship New Jersey

Take a virtual tour of this historical battleship located on the Camden waterfront. This battleship has traveled more miles than any other!

34. The Vatican

No need to travel to Rome! Take in the amazing art and architecture located in the Vatican Museums with these 360-degree views.

35. Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston Virtual Tour

Download the app and climb aboard the virtual tram line! Take a virtual walk through the Space Center Houston with informational stops along the way.

36. The Louvre

Virtually visit museum rooms in the famous Louvre located in Paris. Even check out The Louvre kids’ site for student-friendly galleries and stories. You can’t visit The Louvre without seeing the Mona Lisa , so check out their immersive Mona Lisa experience available in the app store.

37. Ellis Island

Map of Ellis Island Virtual Field Trip

This interactive tour of Ellis Island lets students explore places like the Baggage Room and the Stairs of Separation through short stories, historical photographs, videos, and audio clips. Students can also hear the stories of real kids who recently immigrated to the United States, explore colorful charts and graphs with immigration data, and watch a 30-minute movie that includes a Q&A with National Park Service Rangers who explain what coming to America was like for many immigrants.

38. Plimoth Patuxet Museums

Desk with laptop featuring a Wampanoag Native American.

Travel back to the 17th century with options for free, on-demand, digital resources or a live, 1-hour virtual school program led by a Plimoth Patuxet Contemporary Indigenous Museum Educator. Students explore Wampanoag daily life and history; discover the real history of Thanksgiving and the legend behind it; meet a 17th-century Pilgrim; get an interactive sneak peak into 17th-century wardrobes; and learn about simple machines and water power at the Plimoth Grist Mill. There are also options for virtual hands-on history workshops, including Wampanoag Pottery and Write Like a Pilgrim.

39. Children’s Museum Houston

Children's Museum Houston museum educators giving a tour

When you can’t visit the museum in person, 3D virtual field trips to the Children’s Museum Houston are the next best thing. All videos are produced and curated by museum educators and feature hands-on activities that can be done in the classroom. Topics include nutrition, math, states of matter, forces and properties of water, and more.

40. Museum of the American Revolution

Beyond the Battlefield Virtual Field Trip featuring Laruen Tarshis, author of I Survived series

Beyond the Battle Field is a virtual field trip for grades 2-8 hosted by Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived historical-fiction series for kids. Students will meet a museum educator as well as the museum curator, and explore artifacts and documents from the American Revolution. Plus they’ll hear the stories of teens who served during the war. There’s also a Classroom Kit available with a vocabulary list and discussion questions by grade level.

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Shining a light on the legacy of U.S. Latinas and Latinos 

Join us in exploring how Latino History is American History.

Explore " ¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States" in three ways:  

  • Use the top menu to explore key themes
  • Take a 360° self-guided virtual tour
  • Explore an interactive map of the gallery    

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Themes in ¡Presente!

Reexamine what you know about U.S. history by learning more about Latino identity, immigration, historical legacies, and how Latinas and Latinos have shaped the nation. Listen to first-person oral histories, examine 3D objects, dive into historical biographies, and explore some of the objects found in the exhibition to see how the past relates to the present. 

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Latino History is American History  

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There is no single Latino Immigration story. 

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There is no singular Latino experience 

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Latinos are Nation Shapers and Culture Makers 

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See the gallery in virtual space!

Explore the "¡Presente!” exhibition in the Molina Family Latino Gallery as it looked when it first opened to the public. Since June 2022, we have rotated objects in the cases and welcomed visitors from across the United States and the world. Virtually experience for yourself "¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States".

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  • Inditas Dance Regalia. Delilah and Chavela Trujillo (Abiquiú Pueblo), Abiquiú, New Mexico, 2021.
  • Tortuguita . Jesús Barraza, 2017. Courtesy of Jesús Barraza
  • The History of Mexico; The Great City of Tenochtitlan (detail). Diego Rivera, 1945. Courtesy of Diego  Rivera, Palacio Nacional mural, Mexico City, 1945
  • Puerto Rico (inferred), 1200–1500 CE. Loan from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (23/6097)
  • Mexico, 400–800 CE. Loan from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (23/2216)
  • Costa Rica, 800–1200 CE. Loan from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (22/8837)
  • Mexico, 1150–1521 CE. Loan from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (17/7363)
  • Peru, 1100–1600 CE. Loan from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (11/1359)
  • Gravure “Indiens timucua,” from Indorum Floridam provinciam inhabitantium eicones. Engravings published by Theodor de Bry, after watercolors made by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, 1591 CE. Courtesy of CCI / Bridgeman Images
  • Black Chakwaina Katsina. Anthony Briones (Hopi), 2005. Loan from National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 2006.15, Purchase for The African Presence in Mexico exhibition Uniform design “Black Militiaman from Puerto Rico.” José Campeche, 1785. ©MECD. State Archives (Spain)
  • De Chino, e India, Genízara (From Chino and India, Genízara). Francisco Clapera, Mexico, around 1775. Courtesy of Denver Art Museum: Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2011.428.14
  • Odesi. Manny Vega, 1990. Loan from Manny Vega
  • Dance of native Californians at San Francisco de Assis Mission, California. Ludwig Choris, 1816. Courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library [1963.002:1312-FR]
  • Coatlaxopeuh-She Who Tramples the Serpent. Jorge Rosano, 1996. Loan from National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 1996.37, Gift of the artist
  • Puerto Rico, 1200-1500. Loan from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (3697)
  • Possibly engraved by Joaquín Sotomayor, published by Joseph Bernardo de Hogal, 1737. Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library
  • Mexico, 1782? Autry Museum; 88.127.76
  • Virgin of Monserrate (The Miracle of Hormigueros). Puerto Rico, late 1700s or early 1800s. National Museum of American History
  • Santa Barbara. 1700s CE. Loan from Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection
  • Oché Changó. Baba Ade Cola, California, 2010. Loan from Collection of Joseph M. Murphy
  • Divination Tray (Opon Ifa). From the Yoruba people in Efon, Nigeria, West Africa, 1960. Loan from Fowler Museum at UCLA, Gift of the Ralph B. Lloyd Foundation
  • 1686. Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library
  • Puerto Rico (inferred), 1200–1500 CE. Loan from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (23/6092)
  • Po’Pay 2180; Leader of the Pueblo Revolt, Revolt 1680/2180 Series. Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo), 2018. Loan from Virgil Ortiz, Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico
  • Pueblo Revolt 1680 Jar. Jason García (Santa Clara Pueblo), around 2018. Loan from Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology
  • The Opener. Jacob Lawrence, 1997. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © 2020 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Primer centenario de la abolición de la esclavitud en Puerto Rico, 1873-1973 (First centenary of the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico, 1873-1973). Augusto Marín, 1973. Courtesy of the estate of Augusto Marín, reproduction provided by Princeton University, Firestone Library
  • Puerto Rican registration form for enslaved persons, Maricelle Ana and Mauricio. Puerto Rico, 1867. Loan from Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Autorretrato (Self-Portrait). Pío Casimiro Bacener, 1894. Loan from Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection
  • Francisco Menéndez. Rafael López, 2021.
  • Toypurina. Rafael López, 2021.
  • Late 1600s CE. Autry Museum; 88.127.50
  • Retablo of the Holy Child of Atocha. Rafael Aragón, New Mexico, 1840–1850. National Museum of American History
  • The Good Shepherdess. José Aragón?, New Mexico, 1840–1850. National Museum of American History
  • His-oo-sán-chees, Little Spaniard, a Warrior. George Catlin, 1834. Loan from Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
  • San Miguelito Ranch Map: Monterey County, Calif. 1841. Courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library
  • California (inferred), around 1880. Loan from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (9/7331)
  • Branding Iron. California. National Museum of American History
  • Roping, Ninety-Six Ranch. Carl Fleischhauer, 1980. Courtesy of Paradise Valley Folklife Project collection, 1978–1982 (AFC 1991/021), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • New Mexico, 1600–1700. National Museum of American History
  • Navajo women shearing sheep. Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1900s. Courtesy of National Archives
  • Diné (Navajo), New Mexico, 1865–1875. Loan from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (19/7319)
  • Drawing of the Bay of Monterey, with a figure on horseback, from Alexander Forbes’ book, California: A History of Upper and Lower California. Alexander Forbes, 1839. Courtesy of California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California
  • The Fitch-Carrillo Family. Rafael López, 2021.
  • Uncle Sam with a Big Stick Political Cartoon. Louis Dalrymple, around 1905. Courtesy of Bettmann / Getty Images
  • Albion press, Hopkinson & Cope. 1845. National Museum of American History.
  • El observador mexicano (The Mexican Observer). (Phoenix, Ariz.). April 23, 1898. Courtesy of Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records & Library of Congress
  • Remember the Alamo? Eric J. García, 2021.
  • Gertrudis Navarro. Courtesy of Prints and Photographs Collection, di_05370, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas Austin
  • Gunpowder Horn 1837. Autry Museum; 89.28.1
  • Juan Nepomuceno Seguín. Thomas Jefferson Wright, 1838. Courtesy of The State Preservation Board, Austin, Texas
  • Tejano Stock Saddle. Texas, 1800s. Loan from TexasTejano.com
  • Tejano Riata/ Leather Lariat. Texas, 1800s. Loan from TexasTejano.com
  • Courtesy of Prints and Photographs Collection, di_03371, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas Austin
  • Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas . Engraved by W. Hooker, 1833. Courtesy of Texas State Library and Archives Commission [01607b]
  • Leather Jacket Around 1850s. Autry Museum; 90.107.1, donated by Mrs. Roblay McMullin
  • 1848. Courtesy of ART Collection / Alamy Stock Photo
  • “To Arms! To Arms! Volunteers for the Mexican War!” 1846. Courtesy of University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History
  • Gate of Belen: Mexico, the 13 th September, 1847 Garita de Belen: Mexico, el dia 13 de Septembre de 1847. 1847. Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division [LC-DIG-pga-08752]
  • Guerrilleros mexicanos (Mexican guerrillas). Around 1848. Courtesy of Division of Cultural and Community Life, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Mexican Cavalryman’s Cuirass. Manufacture de Klingenthal, 1832-1839. Loan from the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis
  • Map of the United States of America. J.H. Colton, 1848. Courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection, David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford Libraries
  • Courtesy of Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection, Los Angeles Public Library
  • Doña Tules. Diana Bryer. Courtesy of Diana Bryer
  • Straggling Emigrants: fall of 1849. Joseph Goldsborough Bruff, 1849. Courtesy of journal and drawings of J. Goldsborough Bruff, 1849-1853, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California [mssHM 8044 (123) 6715]
  • American Progress. John Gast, 1872. Autry Museum; 92.126.1.
  • Portrait of Pío Pico and Family. 1852-1854. Courtesy of Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Pío Pico’s Telescope 1852–1892. Autry Museum; 93.21.13.2, acquisition made possible by the Ramona chapter, Native Sons of the Golden West
  • Joaquin Murieta, 1859. Charles C. Nahl, 1859. Courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library [1963.002.1321-FR]
  • Poster Advertising the Display of Joaquín Murrieta’s Head. Autry Museum; 94.22.38
  • Around 1895. Courtesy of History and Art Collection / Alamy Stock Photo [PBN5MA]
  • The Squatter and the Don. María Amparo Ruiz de Burton (C. Loyal), San Francisco, 1885. Loan from the University of Houston Arte Público Press / Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program
  • Hanging of the Mexican woman [Josefa Loaiza]. San Francisco, Cal.: California Publishing Co., 1893. Courtesy of California State Library [(C)001541367CSL01-Aleph]
  • Sin título [Rendición de William Walker] (Untitled [Surrender of William Walker]). Oscar Vargas González (attributed), 1982. Courtesy of John Mitchell / Alamy Stock Photo [AP93CX]
  • The War in Nicaragua. William Walker, originally published in 1860.
  • Bombardment of San Juan, Porto Rico [i.e., Puerto Rico]. Around 1898. Courtesy of Library of Congress [LC-USZC4- 8328]
  • Sotero Figueroa. Rafael López, 2021.
  • Cuba addressing Uncle Sam: “I come to buy, not to beg, sir,” a 1903 cartoon. William Allen Rogers, 1903. Courtesy of North Wind Picture Archive [SOCI2A+00039]
  • School begins. Louis Dalrymple, 1899. Courtesy of Library of Congress [LC-USZC2-1025]
  • Boy in Costume, Selling Food and Drink on Street Outside Wood Frame Building APR 1901. Helen H. Gardener, 901. Courtesy of National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution [NAA INV 04331600]
  • Lucila Santoni (seated) and “la Valdinisa” de Ponce. Around 1910. Courtesy of Teodoro Vidal Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
  • Two Non-Native Women, School Teachers? With Schoolchildren, Outside School. Courtesy of National anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution [NAA INV 04357200]
  • A native Porto Rican thatched hut. Around 1904. Courtesy of Library of Congress [LC-DIG-stereo-1s16234]
  • El genio del ingenio (The demon of the sugar mill). Julio Tomás Martínez, 1910. Courtesy of the collection of Arnold Benus
  • Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Wife of a sugar mill worker who is on strike at the mill. Jack Delano, 1942. Courtesy of Library of Congress, [LC-USF33- 021493-M1]
  • Handheld Drum. Puerto Rico, 1900s. National Museum of American History
  • Machete National Museum of American History
  • Motor and Pestle for Grinding Coffee Beans. Puerto Rico, around 1970. National Museum of American History
  • Jataca or ladle Puerto Rico, mid-1900s. National Museum of American History
  • Silver Soup Ladle. Puerto Rico, probably late 1800s. National Museum of American History
  • Coconut shell spoon. Puerto Rico, late 1800s. National Museum of American History
  • San Juan (vicinity), Puerto Rico. In a needlework factory. Jack Delano, 1942. Courtesy of Library of Congress [LC-USF34- 048414-D]
  • Sewing Basket. Late 1800s. National Museum of American History
  • Garment Iron. National Museum of American History
  • Vergüensa [sic] Contra Dinero (Honesty versus Money). 1940s. Courtesy of The Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation
  • 3c Puerto Rico Gubernatorial Election single. Post Office Department, 1949. Courtesy of National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution
  • Luis Muñoz Marín, June 23, 1958 ( TIME Magazine cover). Bernard Safran, 1958. Courtesy of TIME, © 1958, TIME USA LLC, all rights reserved, used under license
  • Albizu Campos Speaks: Habla Albizu Campos (Paredon P-2501). Don Albizu Campos (Artist), Jorge López
  • Pedro Albizu Campos. Rafael López, 2021.
  • Sanchez family. 1921. Courtesy of Anna Ríos Bermúdez
  • Raft used by Cuban balseros , Around 1992. Loan from Anacostia Community Museum, Gift of Humberto Sanchez
  • Around 1900. Loan from Anna Ríos Bermúdez
  • Under the Texas Sun. Conrado Espinoza, Spanish-language edition originally published in 1926, English translation by Ethriam Cash Brammer de Gonzales, published by Arte Público Press in 2007.
  • 4th of July from the south border. Felipe Galindo, 1999. © Felipe Galindo / Feggo
  • Cuban refugees onboard the first Freedom Flight arrive at Miami International Airport, 1965. Courtesy of HistoryMiami Museum [1989-011-4510]
  • Child Refugee Dress Cuba. National Museum of American History
  • Pan American Airlines, United States, 1960. National Museum of American History
  • Army Airborne Troops Frisking Suspect. 1965. Courtesy of Hulton Deutsch / Getty Images
  • No Aid for Contra Terror. Mark Vallen, Shock Battalion, 1986.
  • El Pulgarcito: Órgano informativo del Comité de Salvadoreños Progresistas (El Pulgarcito: Information Body for the Committee of Progressive Salvadorans). Vol. II, No. 17, 1977.
  • Smith-Corona Coronet Automatic Electric Blue Typewriter. Around 1960. Loan from Mario Bencastro
  • Odyssey to the North. Mario Bencastro, 1999.
  • José González’s first communion day. Courtesy of Dr. José B. González
  • Tampa: Impresiones de Emigrado (Tampa: Impressions of an Emigrant). Wenceslao Gálvez, 1897. Loan from the University of South Florida Libraries
  • Black Cuban, Black American: A Memoir. Evelio Grillo, 2000.
  • Grillo Family Photo. Washington, D.C., 1947. Loan from Rosa Grillo
  • Evelio Grillo. Rafael López, 2021.
  • General Store. 1920s. Courtesy of Anna Rios Bermudez
  • A bracero stoops down with a short-handled hoe to cultivate a pepper field in California. Leonard Nadel, 1956. Courtesy of Leonard Nadel Photographs and Scrapbooks, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
  • Braceros Listening to Radio. Leonard Nadel, 1956. Courtesy of Leonard Nadel Photographs and Scrapbooks, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
  • Radio. National Museum of American History
  • XLR8 3M hard hat painted by Elias Zapata, Eli’s Collision, Austin, TX. Loan from the private collection of María Rios, President + CEO, Nation Waste, Inc., Houston, TX, www.nationwaste.us
  • Carolina Herrera, 1987–1992. National Museum of American History
  • Sazón Garifuna food truck. 2020. Photograph by John Nova Lomax for the Brays Oaks Management District, Houston TX
  • Teresa Ruelas (born Guerra). Rafael López, 2021.
  • Teresa Ruelas’s Bible. 1989. Loan from the Collection of Abraham Ruelas, PhD
  • Peru, 1923. Clotilde Arias Papers, 1919–1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
  • Music sheet for “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Spanish, 1945. Clotilde Arias, 1945. Courtesy of Clotilde Arias Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
  • Demonstrators against bilingualism at Metro Center. Dade County, 1987. Courtesy of HistoryMiami Museum [1995-277-5100]
  • Jairo Jaime Graduation Cap and Stole. 2019. National Museum of American History
  • My Dreams Are Not Illegal. Yocelyn Riojas, 2017.
  • Sneakers. Recovered from the Sonoran Desert, 2009. Loan from Undocumented Migration Project
  • Backpack Recovered from the Sonoran Desert, 2010. Loan from Undocumented Migration Project
  • MP3 Player Recovered from the Sonoran Desert, 2009. Loan from Undocumented Migration Project
  • Celebración de 4 de Julio (Fourth of July Celebration) [screenprint poster]. Miguel Antonio Lebron, 1984.  Courtesy of Puerto Rico Division of Community Education [DIVEDCO] Poster Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
  • La Insurrección de los Reyes Magos (The Insurrection of the Three Kings) [screen print poster]. Antonio Maldonado, 1973. Courtesy of Puerto Rico Division of Community Education [DIVEDCO] Poster Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
  • Jesús Colón. Rafael López, 2021.
  • Viajando con Mis Raíces (Traveling with My Roots). Samuel Miranda, 2010. Loan from Samuel Miranda
  • Cuatro. Puerto Rico, 1900s. National Museum of American History
  • Navy Starts Last Round Of Training Exercises On Vieques. Humberto Trias/Getty Images, 2003. Courtesy of Getty Images
  • La Semana del Emigrante (Week of the Emigrant). José Melendez Contreras. Courtesy of Puerto Rico Division of Community Education [DIVEDCO] Poster Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
  • The Gathering. Hiram Maristany, 1964. Courtesy of
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, © Hiram Maristany
  • Desde Puerto Rico A Nueva York (From Puerto Rico to New York). La Sonora Ponceña, Inca Records, 1972.
  • Taller Boricua. Jorge Soto, 1974. Courtesy of Jorge Soto Sánchez, © Betty González-Soto, reproduction courtesy of El Museo Del Barrio (Photography by Martin Seck)
  • Tracksuit worn during a 1995 performance. National Museum of American History
  • Latin N.Y. 1977.
  • Down These Mean Streets. Piri Thomas, originally published in 1967.
  • Palante, Volume 3, Number 3. 1971. Loan from Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Sassy Girls: Puerto Rican Day Parade dancers on Fifth Avenue in New York in summer 2003. Wanda Benvenutti, 2003. Courtesy of Wanda Benvenutti
  • Antonia Pantoja. Rafael López, 2021.
  • Rising Up After Maria. Monica Paola Rodriguez, 2019. Courtesy of Monica Paola Rodriguez
  • Raíces, historia y justicia latinas (Latino Roots, History, and Justice). Verónica Castillo
  • Kite Flying on Rooftop [Boy pictured: Carlos (Charlie) Diaz]. Hiram Maristany, 1964. Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center © Hiram Maristany
  • Padre Varela stamp © 1997. © United States Postal Service, reproduction courtesy of the National Postal Museum
  • En defensa de mi raza I (In Defense of My People I). Alonso S. Perales, 1936. Loan from the University of Houston Arte Público Press / Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program
  • First LULAC Convention - Corpus Christi, TX - 5/17/1929? Courtesy of Benson Latin American Collection, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Leonor Villegas de Magnón and Aracelito Garcia with flag of La Cruz Blanca. 1914. Courtesy of the Leonor Villegas de Magnón Collection, Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program, University of Houston
  • Healthcare Icon photograph. 1980s. Courtesy of Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett
  • Physician’s Bag and Stethoscope. Loan from the collection of Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett, daughter of C. David Molina, MD
  • Opon Ifá divination tray. Adrian Castro, 1999. Loan from Adrian Castro
  • Silver Opele divination chain. Adrian Castro, 1998. Loan from Adrian Castro
  • The House on Mango Street. Sandra Cisneros, 1984. Loan from Susan Bergholz
  • “Discrimination in the school system,” Report No. 1, Spanish American League Against Discrimination (S.A.L.A.D.), 1974.  From the Vertical File, Courtesy of the Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Carlos Cooks: Black Power. Moses Ros, 2013. Loan from Moses Ros (Suárez)
  • Barbershop, Washington Heights, New York. Winston Vargas, 1961. Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum, museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, and through the Frank K. Ribelin Endowment
  • Activists in Puerto Rico raise their fists in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Joaquín Medina, 2016. Courtesy of Joaquín Medina
  • Jaime Escalante. Rafael López, 2021.
  • Tinku Outfit. 1977. Loan from Julia García
  • Rick Reinhard, 1987. Courtesy of Rick Reinhard
  • Concert Poster. Printed by Woolever Press Los Angeles, California, 1950s. Loan from Mark and Dan Guerrero
  • Around 1974. Courtesy of the Pura Belpré Papers, 1897-1985, at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Teatro SEA, 3D printed reproductions of the originals made in 2021, costumes by Ingrid Harris, paint by Keith Saari. Loan from Collection of the Society of the Educational Arts/Teatro SEA, www.teatrosea.org
  • Bananhattan, from the portfolio Manifestaciones. Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA, Yunior Chiqui Mendoza, 2010. Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum, museum purchase made possible by the R.P. Whitty Company and the Cooperating Committee on Architecture
  • Primitivo Santos y Su Combo en Washington . 1967
  • Dominoes. Acquired in 2018. Loan from HistoryMiami Museum
  • The Poet X . Elizabeth Acevedo, 2018.
  • Frank Espada. Around 1954. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquisition made possible through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, unidentified artist [NPG.2018.77]
  • Latina Lesbians, Carla Barboza. Laura Aguilar, 1987. © Laura Aguilar Trust of 2016
  • 1970. Copyright Joe Razo and Raúl Ruiz. From the La Raza Photograph Collection. Courtesy of the
  • UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
  • White Shawl. National Museum of American History
  • Boycott Lettuce and Grapes Women’s Graphic Collective, Illinois, around 1972. National Museum of American History
  • NFWA leader Larry Itliong call out to scabs to leave struck vineyard near Delano. Ernest Lowe, 1965. Courtesy of University of California, Merced Library, © The Regents of the University of California
  • Hijas de Cuahtémoc (Daughters of Cuahtémoc) Long Beach, California, 1971. National Museum of American History
  • Boycott Non-Union Lettuce. National Museum of American History
  • Boycott Chiquita. National Museum of American History
  • Viva Kennedy . National Museum of American History
  • Cubans for President Nixon. National Museum of American History
  • Viva Reagan! National Museum of American History
  • National Rainbow Coalition. 1983
  • Recorded Live at Sing Sing. Eddie Palmieri with Harlem River Drive, 1972. Tico Records.
  • Frank Espada, New York, 1964. Courtesy of Frank Espada Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
  • Fighting for Gay & Lesbian Health . 1993. Loan from the José Gutiérrez Archive and Collection
  • Roberto Clemente. Around 1970s. Courtesy of Focus on Sport / Getty Images
  • Gay rights activists at City Hall rally for gay rights (Detail), 1973. Courtesy of the Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library, photo by Diana Davies
  • Dr. Roberto Davila. 2015. Courtesy of Dr. Roberto Davila
  • Custom hand-painted Krooked skateboard. 2018. Loan from Mark Gonzales
  • Judy Baca Brushes. Around 1980. National Museum of American History
  • Judy Baca Boots. Around 2011. National Museum of American History
  • Judy Baca. Rafael López, 2021.
  • Love and Rockets #1 . Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernández, 1982.
  • José Julio Sarria. Rafael López, 2021.
  • José Julio Sarria blue dress. Loan from the José Gutiérrez Archive and Collection
  • Rosa Cervantes U.S. Air Force Uniform. National Museum of American History
  • Superman. Noé Reyes from the State of Puebla, Mexico works as a delivery boy in Brooklyn, New York. He sends 500 dollars a week. From the Real Story of the Superheros series, 2005-2010. Courtesy of the artist, Dulce Pinzón
  • Sonia Sotomayor. Timothy Greenfield- Sanders, 2010. Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, © 2011 Timothy Greenfield-Sanders [NPG.2015.27]
  • Rumba Dress. Sully Bonnelly, worn by Cruz at the 2002 Latin Grammy Awards. National Museum of American History
  • Gwen Ifill: Black Heritage © 2020. Courtesy of United States Postal Service, All Rights Reserved, Used with permission
  • Aviator’s Helmet. NASA, used between 1990–2007. Loan from Ellen Ochoa
  • Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Gloria Anzaldúa, originally published in 1987.
  • The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States. Edited by Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores, 2010.
  • Surviv e. Dangerhouse, 1978.
  • La Horchata: En los tiempos de cuarentena (In Times of Quarantine). Issue #8, 2020–2021.

Explore the Gallery

Take a virtual tour of the Molina Family Latino Gallery.

Explore this interactive map to learn more about the features in the Molina Family Latino Gallery and content from the ¡Presente! exhibit. You can also explore the content through the legend on the right hand side of the map.  

!Es Nuestro Aniversario! Conviertete en Miembro Fundador Hoy. Celebra dos anos de la Galeria latina de la familia Molina compartiendo y preservando historias latinas enel National Mall uniendote a nosotros como miembro fundador. Unete a la Celebracion.

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Narrated Virtual Tours

Join us for narrated tours of the various exhibits and halls of the Museum! More will be added on this page as they become available. 

Intro to Narrated Tours Transcript

Tour the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time

Videos in This Playlist

  • Introduction
  • Dinosaurs in Detail
  • Mass Extinction Events
  • Fossils from Digsite to Display Case
  • Virtual Tour for Students
  • Deep Time Audio Description App
  • In-Person and Online School Program: Discovering Dinosaurs
  • National Fossil Day at the Museum 2022  (with links to activities and videos) 
  • Teaching Resources about Paleontology

Tour the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins

Videos in this playlist:

  • Exhibit Introduction
  • Past Species
  • Reconstruction Gallery
  • Human Origins website
  • Human Origins Twitter | Facebook
  • Online School Program – Human Origins: What does it mean to be human?
  • Dr. Rick Potts – NMNH Staff Profile
  • Dr. Briana Pobiner – NMNH Staff Profile
  • Article about the traveling Human Origins library exhibit

Tour the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals

  • Harry Winston Gallery and the Hope Diamond
  • Moon, Meteorites, and Solar System Gallery
  • Pegmatites: Nature's Treasure Chests

Department of Mineral Sciences

  • Overview of the Collections
  • The Hope Diamond
  • Smithsonian GeoGallery
  • Global Volcanism Program

For Educators

  • Earth Science Teaching Resources

School Programs

  • Identifying Minerals (In-person, Grades 3 to 5)
  • Rocks and Minerals (Online, Grades 3 to 5)
  • Dig Deep (In-person, Grades 6-12)

Tour the Objects of Wonder Exhibit

  • Building Collections
  • Celebrating Creativity
  • Dazzling Diversity

Featured Collections from Objects of Wonder:

  • Finding Patterns Everywhere
  • For the Record
  • Linking Nature and Culture
  • On the Move
  • What Do These Objects Have in Common?
  • What Makes Things Blue?
  • Collecting Natural History
  • Digitization Allows Public Access to Smithsonian’s Hidden Collections

Tour the Sant Ocean Hall

  • Carcharocles megalodon
  • North Atlantic Right Whale (Phoenix)
  • Indo-Pacific Coral Reef
  • Smithsonian's Ocean Portal
  • Life on Planet Ocean
  • In-Person and Online School Program: Reefs Unleashed
  • Smithsonian Marine Station
  • 'Spying on Whales,' an Extract From Nick Pyenson's Book
  • Dr. Nick Pyenson's NMNH Lab
  • Dr. Brian Huber – NMNH Staff Profile
  • Teaching Resources about the Ocean
  • Smithsonian Institution
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