Local Museums and Venues with Virtual Tours and Programs

Though the coronavirus closed down museums and performing arts spaces in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware, many have virtual access to their collections and programs that are both entertaining and educational.

 

The coronavirus outbreak has led to the closure of museums, performance spaces and other institutions families and teachers rely on to educate children about arts and culture. Luckily, thanks to the resources listed below, you can explore these attractions and engage in learning activities from the comfort of your home.

Local Venues

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Collection is available to view online.

Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia

Virtual tour delves into the story behind the stars and stripes, told through sights and sounds of the 18th century.

The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington

In addition to a virtual tour, three art activity booklets are available to download.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia

A virtual tour goes inside the Kimmel Center and the adjacent Academy of Music and Merriam Theater.

Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle, Doylestown, PA

Adjecent venues offer online exhibits on Bucks County history.

Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, DE

View the bucolic gardens on a virtual tour.

Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

View 180-plus objects in the collection, as well as 60 high-definition artworks.

Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

Take a virtual gallery tour or field trip, check out an archive of Read the Revolution book exceprts, and view a digitized collection of art and artifacts.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Explore the venue's quirkly, colorful outdoor space on a virtual tour.

Philadelphia Orchestra

The orchestra performed Beethoven Now: Symphonies 5 & 6 to an empty Verizon Hall on March 12. The concert is now available to view in its entirety.

National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

Offers daily live "constitutional conversations" for middle school, high school and college students students. Sessions are available through Zoom.  It also plans to expand its Classroom Exchanges program, where middle and high school students connect to learn about the Constitution. 

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg, PA

Embark on 360-degree virtual tours of Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotives, a Lehigh Valley Railroad boxcar, Pullman Club restaurant and sleep cars, and others.‚Äč

Wolf Performing Arts Center, Bryn Mawr, PA

Staff and community members lead lessons and rehersals that are uploaded to its social media channels.

(Inter)national Experiences

British Museum, London

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Louvre, Paris

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Metropolitan Opera House, New York City

National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD

National Marine Sanctuaries

National Parks Service

Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York City