Best Museum Websites

Explore the collections of our (sadly closed) fabulous museums with these entertaining and educational websites designed for curious kids. Find videos, games and inspiration for at-home creativity. Also see our guides to arts & activities inspiration and educational websites.

Please support these museums by shopping in their fantastic online shops for great toys and games (perfect for staying at home) and consider becoming a member of your faves - so many perks all year round plus help them in this hard time.

#MetKids

Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art's vast collection from home. Take a virtual time machine to explore great works of art from Prehistoric Egyptian tombs to Warhols Campbell Soup dresses. Each work has a short related video, interesting information and suggestions for imagining and creating works at home.

Also watch videos on who protects the art, how to dance in armor and more kid-friendly topics.

visit #Metkids | shop the Met

OLogy: A Science Website for Kids

Learn about the "Ologies" - anthropology, astronomy, microbiology etc. through animated and live videos, games, stories, and suggestions for hands-on activities on this award-winning website from the American Museum of Natural History.

visit OLogy | shop AMNH

Children's Museum of Manhattan

Museum educators share daily videos, sing-a-longs, games and more at CMOM at Home

Other resources include hands-on art-making instructions, music, and storytelling activities that promote language skills grounded in language and literacy research at All the Way to K and Beyond! and exploration with super-pigeons in Superpowered Metropolis: Early Learning City Family Resources.

visit CMOM at Home

Whitney Kids Art Challenge

Try projects based on works of art in the Whitney's amazing collection designed especially for kids and grown-ups to do together. Learn about and be inspired by some of the diverse ways that modern American artists such as Andy Warhol, Stuart Davis and Georgia O'Keefe think and work. Also find audio tours just for kids, and activity guides for families.

visit Whitney Kids | shop the Whitney | shop books

 

MOMI Moving Image Studio

Find tutorials and interactive ways to collaborate and make media art with Astoria's Museum of Moving Image educators. Create Jim Henson-inspired puppets, learn about film editing and apply to have your media art shared on their YouTube channel.

visit MOMI Moving Image Studio

CMA How-To Tuesdays

Children's Museum of the Arts' blog features videos and detailed instructions for art projects like Paper Chains of Kindess and Collaborative Drawing Games. Projects can be adapted for different ages and made with materials around the house.

 

visit CMA How-To Tuesdays

 

Tate Kids

Play art-inspired games, take cheeky quizzes, find art activities, and share your art on a fun website from the homes of British art from 1500 to today and international modern and contemporary art. Detailed instructions for activities such as "think like the artist Alberto Giacometti and create interesting portraits and landscapes.

visit Take Kids | shop Tate

MoMath/Global Math Week

NYC's all-ages math museum shares seven short videos on engaging math topics that can inspire at educational at-home activities including the Best Way to Win at the Board Game Monopoly? (ps get a game for hours of entertainment; we also love the 15-minute card version).

visit MoMath/Global Math Week | shop MoMath

Virtual Museum Tours

Take virtual journeys to over 1,200 museums around the world via Google Arts & Culture. See collections and gallery views of  Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, Mexico City's Museum of Anthropology, Paris's Musée d'Orsay and more (plus NYC faves like the Whitney, Guggenheim and MoMA).

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VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS

Take virtual journeys to over 1,200 museums around the world via Google Arts & Culture. See collections and gallery views of  Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology, Paris’s Musée d’Orsay and more (plus NYC faves like the Whitney, Guggenheim and MoMA).

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MoMA Families At Home

MoMA provides resources and ideas—from art-making activities to books and films—to spark creativity and fun at home. Explore artworks in MoMA’s collection through activities (available in English and Spanish), watch favorite kid-friendly short films with prompts to spark discussion, dig deeper into Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, find favorite Children’s Books about Art, listen…

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Jewish Museum At-Home Art Projects

Explore hands-on art activities inspired by works of art in the Jewish Museum’s diverse collection and exhibition. Activities like Abstract Stamp Print and Found Object Sculpture, eachaccompanied by information on the artist, are designed for kids and adults to create together at home.

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OLOGY: A SCIENCE WEBSITE FOR KIDS

Learn about the “Ologies” – anthropology, astronomy, microbiology etc. through animated and live videos, games, stories, and suggestions for hands-on activities on this award-winning website/app from the American Museum of Natural History. Other online features include virtual museum tours, video trips through the universe, science quizzes and more.

 

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TATE KIDS

Play art-inspired games, take cheeky quizzes, find art activities, and share your art on a fun website from British museums Tate and Tate Modern. Find detailed instructions for activities such as “think like the artist Alberto Giacometti” and create interesting portraits and landscapes.

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NYSCI At Home

Find tons of games, activities, experiments and projects from Queen’s New York Hall of Science. At-Home STEM resources encourage open-ended exploration and imaginative learning. Learn about physics, engineering, design, biology, math, chemistry and more with videos, instructions for experiments and art projects, interactive graphic novels, engaging apps and more.

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Cooper Hewitt Online Learning

Follow along with design activities (with clear, well-designed instructions) to create protoypes, chairs, zines, posters and more. Also explore design case studies, remarkable female and LBGQT+ creators, the digital mansion, and museum exhibitions. Great graphics, video and easy-to-understand text for all ages.

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Brooklyn Museum Learn and Teach

Explore exhibition or objects from the encyclopedic Brooklyn Museum in-depth with printable teaching prompts and activity ideas, developed by the museum’s professional educators. Includes new mini art lessons for ages 2–6 and 7 & up. Also dream up zany stories, while practicing parts of speech, with Brooklyn Museum Mad Libs and brush up on your…

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