Free Virtual Tours and Entertainment

  • The Art Institute of Chicago’s collection is searchable online and includes additional information for each artwork.
  • Austin City Limits, the PBS series featuring live music from today’s most celebrated artists, has made its last three seasons available for streaming. Watch Billie Eilish, Willie Nelson, Khalid, and Buddy Guy. Search for your favorites or discover new acts.
  • The British Museum has an interactive timeline. Just pick a date and learn more about the thousands of artifacts that make up their collection.
  • Brookfield Zoo’s Bringing the Zoo to You, the Brookfield Zoo’s YouTube channel, has a variety of videos featuring their animals, including the Bringing the Zoo to You series. Learn about armored animals or camouflaged snakes while on your couch.
  • Experience the Field Museum at Home and watch videos, play games, chat with a dinosaur, or print off field guides while you take walks (leaving six feet between others, please). Plenty of teacher resources are also included.
  • Free Streaming Opera lists more than 30 worldwide opera companies streaming free performances.
  • Ken Burns Baseball, the Ken Burns PBS nine-part series on America’s pastime, is available for streaming.
  • Lunch Doodles, a YouTube series hosted by popular children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems, can be viewed live every weekday at noon central time and can be streamed later. Willems, creator of “The Pigeon” and “Elephant & Piggy,” tells stories, shares art tips, and answers letters.
  • The Metropolitan Museum Digital Digest offers a webpage amazing online resources for first-time visitors to The Met, arguably the most famous New York City museum. Browse through books, listen to audio tours, and visit resources for kids.
  • The Metropolitan Opera will live stream an opera each evening at 6:30 pm central time. The recording will stay on their homepage for 20 hours.
  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams highlight penguins, sea otters, and sharks.
  • Museum of Science and Industry Science at Home includes experiments, games, and videos for kids and families, compiled by the museum staff.
  • The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has a variety of online resources, including family activities and recorded lectures.
  • National Theatre at Home will air a play on YouTube each Thursday starting on April 2. The play will be available to stream for one week. The current lineup features One Man, Two GuvnorsJane EyreTreasure Island, and Twelfth Night.
  • The Newberry Library is recruiting volunteers to transcribe their digital collections.
  • Palace of Versailles Virtual Tour lets you tour Louis XIV’s home from your computer.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has opened up its archive of induction class concerts. It has also created playlists for you to listen to while you work from home.

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections curated by the Museum Computer Network, includes archives and libraries, virtual tours, art collections, and resources for kids.