The purpose of this post is to share with you a collection of some great web tools for taking students on virtual field trips around the world. With a working Internet connection and a computer you will be able to take your kids and students on virtual tours exploring far-off places, learning about ancient monuments, visiting world museums and discovering other cultures and ways of living. 

For an extensive list of famous online museums check out this collection from Google Arts & Culture. For those of you not familiar with Google Arts & Culture, this is platform that allows you to explore and learn about artworks and museums from all around the world. You can take virtual reality tours into world class museums, experience culture in 360 degrees, and use Street View to visit popular sites and landmarks. 

If you want to use Google Arts & Culture on your mobile device you will have the added feature of Art Recogniser which allows you to learn more about artworks by simply pointing your device camera at them.

1- National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

2- Smithsonian Museum

The Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest museum and research complex—includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park.

3- The Field Museum

The Field Museum’s 25 million objects—from Antarctic dinosaurs to Peruvian plants, from Inuit masks to Tanzanian mammals—are the lifeblood of the Museum, and an unparalleled resource to the world scientific community. ‘Its collections hold answers to fundamental questions about our planet, its life, and its cultures. In an increasingly virtual world, our specimens are the real, concrete evidence of life on Earth.’

4- The British Museum 

The British Museum hosts thousands of exhibitions from all around the world. it also organizes free and paid tours into different museums from other countries.

5- Science Museum

Science Museum helps you explore the home of human ingenuity online. Find out about our objects, arts projects and medical collection, play educational games and discover climate science.”

6- National Women’s History Museum 

The Museum researches, collects and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of  the American nation in a context of world history.

7- Memorial Hall Museum Online 

Memorial Hall Museum Online allows you to explore American History with hands-on activities, exhibits, lessons, historic documents and artifacts.

8- American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institution. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of  world’s cultures.

9- World Wide Museum of Natural History

World Wide Museum of Natural History is an online museum featuring photo galleries and quality educational products for homes, schools and museums. The galleries it features include :”

The life galleries(vertebrate and invertebrate) are home to some of the most interesting fossils ever found including dinosaurs, ammonites, crinoids, mammals, early life, insects and moreThe WMNH also features galleries of existing life such as Lepidoptera (butterflies/moths) and wildflowers of the American prairie.The Astronomy and Geology galleries include meteorites, comets and geology.”

10. The Louvre

The Louvre is a great art museum that covers over 10.000 years of history. Louvre’s virtual tour allows you to visit the museum and explore its galleries and exhibitions and artwork from the Mona Lisa to The Wedding Feast at Cana. 

11-Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History “allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display”.

12- Moon Tour

With Moon in Google Earth, you can:
Take tours of landing sites, narrated by Apollo astronautsView 3D models of landed spacecraftZoom into 360-degree photos to see astronauts’ footprintsWatch rare TV footage of the Apollo missions

13. The Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam  contains “the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. The museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history”.

14. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, “is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness, and diversity of artistic expression, from prehistoric times to modern day. 
World-renowned paintings by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cassatt—as well as the finest group of Monets outside of Paris and one of the richest collections of prints and drawings in the world—share space with mummies, sculpture, ceramics, and gold from ancient Egypt, Greece, the Near East, and the Roman Empire, and masterpieces of African and Oceanic art from the 16th to the 20th centuries”.