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).

visit Virtual Museum Tours

 

The Met

Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all…

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The Met Cloisters

Explore a castle-like museum overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park. * This branch of the Met dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe…

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American Museum of Natural History

Lovers of dinosaurs, sea creatures, outer space and more can get their animal & nature fix at this giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders. * Online advance timed…

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

History/military buffs and plane lovers can examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits aboard an actual 1943 aircraft carrier. Lots of indoor and outdoor space to…

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MoMA

Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, MoMA has spacious galleries and engaging exhibits. Feel the joy of the rainbow Sol Lewitt murals, relax in the lovely sculpture garden, see the very…

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Tall Ship Wavetree

Visit the 130-year-old tall ship Wavertree. Self-guided tours along a set route include access to the outdoor areas, including main deck and quarter deck. Gaze up at the towering masts…

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Brooklyn Museum

A hipper version of the Met features a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world. * Only the 1st…

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New-York Historical Society

Learn about the layered, diverse history of NYC at this fascinating museum. * Although the interactive Children’s Museum is sadly closed, there are kid-friendly objects throughout. Look for a Noah’s…

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