Virtual Tours

 African Game Drives: journey to South Africa via videos from actual wild animal safaris. 

 African Safaris: African safari company Singita offers videos of the African wilderness, along with cooking videos featuring traditional African dishes. 

The Alamo: View 360° panoramic images of the Alamo Shrine and grounds.

The Alamo:  Texas Country Reporter takes you on a tour of one of the state’s most important pieces of history.

American Museum of Natural History in New York: blog posts and videos from the largest natural history museum in the world. 

Archaeological Survey of India in New Delhi: the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation.

The Belvedere in Austria:  This impressive collection of Austrian art, dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, includes the world’s largest Gustav Klimt collection.

Big Bend National Park:  take a look at Emory Peak or Chisos Basin with a 360° tour of the West Texas national park.

Bluebonnets: take a video tour of fields of purple-colored blossoms in Ennis, TX. 

Bradner Gardens in Seattle, WA: a springtime walk through Bradner Gardens and art project led by Laura Rumpf, HTR, Registered Horticultural Therapist.

British Museum in London: tour the museum’s Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone.

Dalí Theatre-Museum in Spain: take a tour around some of the museum’s rooms and see some works and objects housed in the former Municipal Theatre of Figueres that is considered to be the last great work of Salvador Dalí.

Dallas Museum of Art: browse more than 25,000 works of art from all cultures and time periods.

Dallas Zoo: virtual visits and chats with staff, videos showing what the animals are up to, and activity ideas from  education and conservation teams.

Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits.

Disney Parks: get 360 degree views of the  Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and other Disney theme parks and attractions in California and Florida.

The Frick Collection: Founded by Pittsburgh coke and steel industrialist Henry Clay Frick, the collection includes more than 1,100 works of art from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century.

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles: travel back in time to the 8th century with this collection of European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European, Asian, and American photographs. 

The Great Wall of China: explore one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet.

Google Arts & Culture: tour hundreds of museums, galleries and historic places from this one link.  This site is sure to have something for everyone!

Guggenheim Museum of Art in New York: visit the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain: visit the museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry that features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists.

Hawaii:  Google Earth takes you island hopping through Hawaii to check out the black lava rock cliffs, lush rain forests, volcanoes, and historic sites.

High Museum of Art in Atlanta: this museum’s popular online exhibits include “Civil Rights Photography” photos that capture moments of social protest like the Freedom Rides and Rosa Park’s arrest.

Houston Zoo Live: daily updates of what the furred, flippered, and feathered friends are up to and how the zookeepers are caring for them.

Johannesburg Art Gallery: browse more than 500 works from Africa’s largest art gallery

Kyoto National Museum in Japan: This extensive collection includes more than 12,500 significant works of art, including ceramics, archaeological artifacts, painting, sculpture, calligraphy, textiles, metalwork, lacquer, and other genres.

La Scala in Milan: the famed opera hours is offering tours of the theater, backstage and museum, along with 240,000 archival photos and 16,000 documents, and more than 40 digital exhibits and close-up views of costumes worn by stars such as Maria Callas.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort: the Great Lego Race and Miniland USA are just two of the attractions you can check out in a virtual tour of the park.

LIFE Magazine Photo Archives: Founded by Time Inc in 1936, LIFE magazine is the visual chronicle of the “American century.”

The Louvre in Paris: visit the world’s largest art museum that originally built as the Louvre castle in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II.

Mars: NASA takes you to the real surface of the Red Planet, as recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

MASP in São Paulo: check out Brazil’s first modern art museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects, the collection houses more than 5,000 years of art from around the world.

Musée d’Orsay in Paris: get a close look at the works of Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, and hundreds of other French painters.

Museo Frida Kahlo: visit the home where Frida Kahlo, the most renowned Latin American artist in the world, lived, and worked.

Museum of Fine Arts in Boston: the 16 virtual exhibits include a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston: explore the permanent collection that spans more than 6,000 years of history with approximately 64,000 works from six continents.

The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar: masterpieces of Islamic art, including metalwork, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, textiles and glass, collected from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York: tour the collections of one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.

NASA: take a virtual walk around the shuttle fuselage trainer at the Johnson Space Center.

NASA: This virtual reality field trip looks inside a full-scale mock up of the space shuttle orbiter at the Johnson Space Center.

National Aquarium: walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.

National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC: wander through an exhibition of American fashion from 1740 to 1895 and a collection of Vermeer paintings.

National Gallery Victoria in Melbourne: more than 75,000 works from the Australian museum’s collection are available to browse online.

National Museum of African American History and Culture: opened in 2016, the museum and its 35,000 treasured artifacts are telling a new story about America.

National Museum of the United States Air Force: you can’t take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential airplane, but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and aircraft, online in the Air Force’s official museum.

National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City: dive into the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico with 23 exhibit rooms full of Mayan artifacts.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul:  catch up on the best of contemporary art from Korea.

The National Portrait Gallery in London: Opened in 1856, the gallery became the very first portrait gallery in the world, featuring portraits of prominent people from throughout history.

National Women’s History Museum: have your own International Women’s Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.

New York City Center: experience highlights from highlights the performing arts center’s musical theatre vault, including selections from Encores!, Encores! Off-Center, and Gala productions.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: six virtual exhibits are available online from this museum named for the “Mother of American modernism.”

The Palace Museum in Beijing: installed in the imperial palace of two consecutive dynasties – the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911) – the museum one of the most prestigious museums in the world.

The Palace of Versailles: explore one of the finest achievements of French art of the 17th century and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Palo Dura Canyon: tour our nation’s second largest canyon that is 800 feet deep, covers 30,000 acres, and boasts 15,000 acres of trails.

Pergamon Museum in Berlin: explore one of Germany’s largest museums and it’s home for the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the Greek Pergamon Altar.

The Prambanan Temple in Indonesia: there’s so much to behold in this iconic, intricate Hindu temple complex.

Ride Rollercoasters: Experience point-of-view rides from TheCoasterViews aboard the top roller coasters from theme parks across the country.

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: walk among Vermeer, Rembrandt, and many more masters from the Dutch Golden Age.

San Antonio Riverwalk: enjoy the normal hustle and bustle of the area this virtual tour of the San Antonio river, shops, and restaurants.

San Antonio Zoo: see how zoo staff are caring for the animals, along with conservation updates and nature-based projects to do at home.

The São Paulo Museum of Art in Brazil: this landmark museum, designed by Linda Bo Bardi, is most well known for its European art collection, but also offers an impressive array of Brazilian, African, and Asian art, totaling more than 8,000 items.

SeaWorld Orlando: tour Discovery Cove and “ride” the steel roller coaster Mako at the Florida theme park.

The Sistine Chapel: explore the frescos that interior, most particularly The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.

The State Tretyakov Gallery in Russia: the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world,  the collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made а contribution to the history of Russian art.

Stonehenge: see the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, through a variety of lenses.

Tate Britain in London: part of the Tate network of galleries in England, the museum houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Spain: Madrid’s must-see art museum has the works of some of the continent’s most celebrated artists, including Rembrandt and Dali.

Uffizi Gallery in Florence: One of the most important Italian museums, it holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance.

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam: find the largest collection of artworks by van Gogh, including more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 750+ personal letters.

Vatican City in Rome: tour the many museum collections on the Vatican’s virtual site.

Victoria & Albert Museum in London: explore the archives of the world’s leading museum of art and design.

Virtual Museum Tours: Online tours of famous museums around the world, courtesy of Google Arts & Culture.

Virtual NYC: online resources from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters, and other venues allowing you to experience the best of New York City virtually.

The White House in Washington, DC: visit this the symbol of the President, of the President’s administration, and of the United States.

Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Visits: see a number of properties designed by the iconic architect, including included Fallingwater, Hollyhock House, and Taliesin West.

Yellowstone National Park: virtually explore some of the main attractions around the park

Yosemite National Park: a groundbreaking interactive tour of one of America’s most popular and spectacular natural environments.

Zoo to You: The Denver Zoo takes you on a virtual safari through daily videos, wildlife-themed activity ideas, and much more!

Zoo Tours: the exhibits, the animals, the history, and even the special designs are explored in this series of zoos and aquariums around the U.S.

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