Contributed by Lindsay Randall
As we all adapt to our new normal, the Peabody has compiled a list of various institutions that offer digital resources, from virtual tours to artifact images. If you are a caregiver at home with children, these can be used to enhance their educational experiences as you work to continue their learning.
And for those who simply are looking for something to do now that everyone has extra time on their hands (I’m sure no one misses their long commutes into work and sitting in traffic though), experiencing new and exciting things can be a perfect way to combat boredom!
- National Museum of the American Indian: Native Knowledge 360 is a unique resource for transforming teaching and learning about Native Americans.
- Smithsonian Museum of American History: Explore numerous online exhibits such as Keeping History: Plans Indians Ledger Drawings
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: This American staple offers a 360-degree, room by room virtual access of its exhibit halls – including its Paleobiology Hall.
- National Women’s History Museum: This museum has a variety of online exhibits such as Breaking In: Women in STEM and Fashioning Yourself!
- Museum of the Rockies: In this YouTube video Michael Fox and Dr. Shane Doyle explain why in August the town of Crow Agency becomes the Tipi Capitol of the World.
- Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center: Learn about Fort Sill Indian School as well as Code Talkers through short videos.
- Canadian Museum of History: This museum offers numerous online exhibits including Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset and Archaeological Mysteries in the Ottawa Area.
- British Museum: The largest museum in the United Kingdom offers a digital tour of some of their most impressive collections.
- The Louvre: Three virtual tours are offered on Egyptian Antiquities, Remains of the Louvre’s Moat, and the Galerie d’Apollon.
- National Museum of Anthropology: One of Mexico’s premiere institutions that houses numerous archaeological artifacts that have been digitized and shared with the public.
- Blarney Castle: If you were sad to miss out on gathering with friends and strangers for St. Patrick’s Day, or just have a fondness for old castles, Blarney Castle has incredible 360-degree tours of the interior and grounds of the castle.
…….And for even more options, check out Google’s Arts & Culture.
We also understand that after being cooped up in your house, you might not want to stay indoors, even virtually. So if you find yourself just needing to leave the confines of your house for a bit, our friends at the National Park Service have created a way to virtually escape the walls around you at five different National Parks.
We’ll be posting other resources that can be used and explored during this unique situation, so check back with us often!