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Visit a Museum From Home

We know the idea of staying entertained seems a bit daunting right now as many of us are ‘stuck at home’ indefinitely. Here is a list of some museums which are offering virtual services such as tours, classes, lectures and tutorials. There is absolutely no way for you to say ‘I’m bored’ anymore!

American Museum of Natural History

Take a virtual tour of the museum or learn the history of the iconic blue whale model. There’s a lot to choose from on the museum’s website. There’s an added bonus if you’re checking out that blue whale. The movie, The Squid and the Whale, is available for free on Kanopy.

Bruce Museum

‘The Bruce at Home’ program has set up a Digital Based Programs page with STEAM activities and audio tours.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

The museum has created a page called CMOM at Home with a full list of activities to do each day of the week. There are Magical Mondays, Artsy Thursdays and our personal favorite, Feel Good Fridays.

Cooper Hewitt 

This one is a double whammy! First, you can check out the museum’s virtual exhibitions. Secondly, you can access something called Smithsonian Open Access which has over a million 2D and 3D digital items from the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.

Frick Collection

There’s a lot to choose from on the museum’s website. Be sure to check out their Online Lectures for more than 240 talks on everything from Antico to Zurbarán.

Guggenheim Museum 

Check out the museum’s Youtube page,  Live from the Guggenheim for an archive of live-stream interviews with Guggenheim staff members as they explore exhibitions and the museum’s history.

Hudson River Museum 

Visit their Museum from Home page for fun features such as Awesome Astronomy where you can learn about stars and galaxies. You can even ask the Planetarium Manager any questions you might have about outer space! Make sure to check out the Art Projects page as well for some DIY crafts to make at home.

The Intrepid 

Visit their Intrepid from Anywhere page for a list of things to check out from home including videos from the museum’s Oral History Project.

The Jewish Museum 

Just in time for Passover, the Jewish Museum is hosting a Virtual Passover Family Concert and has even created a fantastic Passover Art Activities Sheet to keep the kids entertained! They haven’t forgotten about the adults either- register for one of their Adult Studio Workshops and attend an online sketching class.

Maritime Aquarium 

Check out the Aquarium’s homepage for a schedule of upcoming Facebook Live Q&A sessions.

MoMA

The museum’s homepage is brimming with things to do from home- take a free online course or read an article from the museum’s online magazine which shares perspectives on art, artists and ideas that shape our culture.

NY Historical Society

The NY Historical Society has set up a excellent program for students and teachers called History @ Home where you will discover education programs as well as curriculum resources about the history of our city, state and nation.

NY Transit Museum

The museum has a page dedicated to offering an array of digital discussions which each last one hour and explore different NYC transit related topics.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center

The museum has set up a remote learning page which provides Facebook Live classes.