Best of Virtual NYC

Bring the best NYC cultural experiences into your home wherever you are with these fabulous virtual offerings.

Find more creating and learning in our online arts & culture guide, educational websites and upcoming virtual museum programs.

And check out what is currently open in NYC and nearby adventures.

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MUSEUM WEBSITES/APPS

#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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

CMA HOW-TO TUESDAYS

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

Experience The Tenement Museum From Home

Learn about former residents of two historic Lower East Side buildings and find out what life was like in a tenement. Browse reading and writing activities, listening and watching activities, online exhibit exploration guides interactive games and more. Hear the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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,…

NYC MUSIC & THEATER

NEW VICTORY ARTS BREAK

Learn circus tricks, songwriting, puppet making, tap dance, magic and more  skills inspired by the diverse shows at New Victory Theatre, an amazing NYC performing arts venue for families. watch excerpts from past and sadly cancelled productions.

Ailey All Access

The acclaimed Alvin Ailey dance company shares full length videos of past performances. Also see videos of company members dancing the landmark Revelations and other pieces together from home, join free online dance classes and check out the  great Resource Guide for Educators.…

Carnegie Hall Music Explorers

Learn about musical culture and tradition around the world – African-American Freedom Songs, South African Zulu songs and many more – with lessons plans, music and video featuring global artists. The well-designed site features a world map to explore.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Watch curated educated videos on the from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s educational programs and learn about it’s roots in African-American traditions and communities.  WeBop instructors demonstrate fun activities to get families swinging and singing, members of the Jazz at Lincoln…

The Paper Bag Players At Home

Watch short sketches from The Paper Bag Players, an acclaimed NYC troupe that makes stories out of cardboard and paper, paired with questions and/or activities that will help children think more about what they’ve watched and provide opportunities for them…

Flushing Town Hall Global Arts for Global Kids

Learn about international music, dance and more through short videos with post-lesson activities featuring African drumming, Chinese dance, Pop-up Page Making and more. Also explore the Smithsonian Year of Music collection and video archive. Focus on Jazz, Blues & Rock, Folk…

Lincoln Center At Home

Watch short #concertsforkids recorded (at home) by world-class artists including musician Etienne Charles celebrating a cross-section of cultures from the African Diaspora, Soul Science Kids weaving soul, funk, hip-hop and educational themes and many more diverse voices. Learn puppetry, dance,…

Chamber Music Society

Engage with the vast CMS archive of concerts and lectures including the Meet the Music family programs, short videos with the wacky Inspector Pulse and Digging Downbeats with Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry (who has his own web series). Weekly themed classical music…

Little Orchestra Society

Find interactive videos on writing melody, making pitched percussion and more musical topics plus musical storytimes and short funny features with Professor Treblemaker, the star of one of our favorite kids concert music series.  

LIVE VIRTUAL MUSEUM PROGRAMS

Guggenheim Membership Flash Sale

September 25

In celebration of its reopening, save 20% on the Guggenheim’s most popular memberships—Dual, Family and higher—plus enjoy two extra free months of membership (14 months total) with code FLASHMORE. Memberships for two adults (kids under 12 are always free) start…

CMA Live: Music and Making Marathon with Tom

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Celebrate a creative future by singing favorite songs, playing instruments, telling stories, and making art while listening to awesome music. Meet Tom’s super friends Freddie the Frog, Tiny the Dog, Mystery Chicken, and Mr. T. Led by Tom Burnett, CMA…

MoMA Online Family Art Workshops: Drawing to Music

September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Have you ever felt so moved by music that you wanted to sing, to dance, to paint? Look closely at works of art inspired by music, then create your own abstract artwork as we listen to a sampling of musical…

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

September 25 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Join New-York Historical Society Storytime via Zoom every Tuesday and Friday for story time and crafts. Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly stretches and exercises, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home.…

Museum of Math Folding Fridays

September 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Origami expert Kathleen Sheridan teaches unique origami models. Explore the wonders of paper folding — there’s math in every fold. To participate, you’ll need several sheets of printer paper as well as several sheets of square paper (size should be…

CMA Live: Art and Music Time with Tom

September 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Join Tom Burnett, CMA Director of Early Childhood Programs for a free session of music, storytelling, and collaborative art-making for the whole family to enjoy.

Morgan Explorers: Virtual Family Tour

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Travel the world from home with the Morgan Library & Museum. A Morgan educator will share a live tour of highlights from the collection. Explore artworks through inquiry-based conversation, make simple crafts, and discover, as a family, something new to…

Dancing with Circles

September 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Join dancer, choreographer, mathematician, and math professor Karl Schaffer to play with several surprising ways of exploring circles — and their properties — using our bodies. This interactive session will explore whole-body circular activities easily done in a very small…

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

October 1 @ 12:00 pm - 12:10 pm

Enjoy Met’s popular storytime from home. Join museum educators every Thursday to look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years. Virtually explore the galleries after at the MetKids…

MOCAKIDS Storytime @ Home

October 8 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Museum of Chinese in America every 2nd and 4th Thursday for a virtual spin on its signature bilingual storytime program. Includes a song, interactives story, and craft on a different, fun theme in English and Mandarin. Best for kids…

Guggenheim Stroller Tour

October 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join an interactive exploration of works from the Guggenheim’s collection and exhibitions designed for adults with small children (up to 24 months).