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Tip of the Week: Online museums

Last week, Learning Never Stops posted a great article about a variety of online museums. You need to add over and check out the entire list. Some of their suggestions are history / social studies related and you’ll want to be sure to read their reviews of the following suggestions:

But there are other online museums out there that are super handy for classroom use. So today . . . a quick list of places you can visit for great resources to incorporate into your instruction:

Here you’ll find a list of all of the Smithsonian museums with links to to their online exhibitions. Go directly to a long list of virtual exhibits.

Virtual Vatican Tours
Includes the Sistine Chapel, tons of rooms, and artwork.

The British Museum
Twelve online areas focusing on different areas of the world and special exhibitions.

National Women’s History Museum
My favorite spot here? Women spies in American history.

Chicago History Museum
Includes some cool stuff on Lincoln and the Chicago Fire.

Field Museum
Tons of stuff on Africa, Egypt, and the environment.

Benjamin Franklin
Of all the Founding Fathers, Ben’s my favorite. Learn more about him in six different themes.

Learn more about space program.

National Archives Digital Vault
I’ve written about the Digital Vault before but it’s so good that it needs another push.

Imperial War Museum
Some nice stuff on WWI, WWII, Falklands, and Cold War.

Bonus sites?

Learn more about Jefferson and his world.

The Museum of Useful Things
Awesome place for artifacts of everyday life.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Perhaps one of the most powerful museums ever.

National Portrait Gallery
A great Civil War exhibit is online right now.

What sites would you add?

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lisa #

    Along the lines of the Virtual Vatican Tour, I’d add There are 32 areas which students can see in panoramic view. Very cool! Great for helping students experience the setting, scope and just plain amazingness of Machu Picchu.

    January 11, 2014
    • glennw #


      Great site! Thanks for sharing!


      January 12, 2014
  2. Reblogged this on Indiana Jen and commented:
    A great list of online museum exhibits! I published a couple of articles of my own: Best Online & Interactive International Museums and Best Online & Interactive Museums.

    January 11, 2014
  3. Thanks for this list! I reblogged it on You may want to check out two of my similar articles, “Best Online & Interactive International Museums” and “Best Online & Interactive Museums.”

    January 11, 2014
    • glennw #


      Thanks for the heads up on your two lists. I should have just started there! Some great stuff!


      January 12, 2014
  4. Glenn,
    Thank you for sharing my blog post. You have a terrific blog that I have followed for some time.

    -Michael Sheehan

    January 12, 2014
    • glennw #


      Thanks for such great stuff and wonderful idea. Be sure to check out Jen’s stuff below!


      January 12, 2014
  5. glennw #

    Just read your linked post on online museums & hoped you knew about the NPS site for Martin Luther King’s boyhood home:

    I used it with kids after reading King’s sister’s fine book My Brother Martin, which includes illustrations based on the actual rooms kids can see in the online “tour”.

    You may have mentioned it in an earlier post on MLK holiday even years ago…but I like to let people know about it as it’s so well-done.

    Beverley Olson Buller
    Newton, KS

    January 23, 2014

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