The BEST museums and art galleries for kids to visit online from home
There are lots of fantastic virtual tours and online collections of the best art galleries and museums from around the world for families to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Whilst we still think visiting museums and art galleries in person is the most fun for kids (and adults!), learning about the stories behind the collections can actually be more fun at home. So while we are all housebound with COVID-19 lockdown it’s the perfect time to take a FREE world tour from the comfort of your home with the kids visiting one museum or gallery a day. You won’t need to exit past the gift shop either!
MUSEUMS FOR KIDS TO VISIT ONLINE
Go on a virtual tour of the famous British Museum in London, UK. Explore the visual timeline of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Europe and its objects and listen to recorded stories about them.
Visit the Auckland Museum at Hom for Kids during lock down. Watch videos of how volcanoes are made, make native birds come alive in a puzzle, take a virtual tour around the museum, learn about the collection online. Go on a discovery of Sea Monsters at your place with lot’s of kids activities to enjoy at home. Kids can find out “how fast could an Ichthyosaur swim?” or “How long was a Plesiosaur?” and lots of other interesting facts. Or adventuring is more their thing they can have an explore of the Sir Edmund Hiliary archive.
USS Midway Museum
Dive into the collections at Te Papa museum in Wellington, New Zealand to explore the 800,000 artworks, taonga, photographs, collection objects and botanical and zoological specimens from their collection. There are free downloadable activity booklets for use at home or in the classroom and lots of video’s on their YouTube channel: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
The Anne Frank House
Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Visit the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, America online. Discover their new online exhibition “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World“, take a look at their thousands of objects in 3D, view their online collection, learn from the Smithsonian scientists with Science How webcasts or take a virtual tour of the museum.
MOTAT.Fun designed by the Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland, New Zealand brings the fun to your place with boredom busting activities, videos and stories of adventure and innovation during lockdown.
The Exploratorium in San Francisco, America is a museum that lets kids explore science, art and human perception. Explore their vast collection of FREE online experiences to feed your kids curiosity. And if you are lucky enough to visit San Francisco one day, put the Exploratorium on your must see list of places to visit with your family.
America Museum of Natural History
Victoria and Albert Museum
London Transport Museum
State Hermitage Museum
National Museum of Scotland
Boston Children's Museum
Take a virtual tour of the three floors of the Boston Children’s Museum in Boston, America and browse their online collection.
ART GALLERIES FOR KIDS TO VISIT ONLINE
Browse stunning contemporary art collection at The Broad in Los Angeles, America online. Some our favourites from the collection are Jeff Koons giant tulips and balloon dog (featured cover image) , Andy Warhol‘s artworks and Yayoi Kusama‘s Infinity Mirrored Room.
The Metropolitan Museum
Enjoy MetKids which is made for, with and by kids to enjoy art by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are children led interviews with curators and artists, a time machine to travel in to explore art and streamable videos for kids to make things too.
National Gallery of Victoria
Musée de l'Orangerie
Auckland Art Gallery
Explore Auckland Art Galleries online collections of more than 17,000 works including artwork, blogs, publications, videos and more.
Visit the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France to see their large colleciton of impressionist and post impressionist work including van Gogh, Degas, Cézanne and more.
Van Gogh Museum
Visit the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain to discover their online content about their exhibitions and collections. We love the curved Frank Gehry building as much as the art in museum.
Lux Art Institute
The Lux Art Institute in San Diego, America offers virtual tours of art exhibitions, live broadcasts diving deeper into the content and educational programs for adults and families to explore at home.
Experience the Rijksmuseuem online in Amsterdam, Netherlands to see their impressive collections of the world-famous masterworks including the Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch.
MoMA New York
Art Institute of Chicago
Explore the online collection of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, America. Get the stories behind the objects, watch videos and read the free online publications.
La Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Discover the online collection and stories about the La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea art collection in Rome, Italy.
Visit the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art MMCA in Korea on Google Arts and Culture and take an online tour through the six floors of art.
Johannesburg Art Gallery
National Museum of Western Art
The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Japan focuses on impressionist paintings and Auguste Rodin’s sculptures. Viist the online collection and stories of the museum online at Google Arts & Culture.