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

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).

New-York Historical Society Online

This fascinating historic  museum (now partially open for visits) hosts engaging live educational programs for all ages, audio and video resources (including the inspirational We Rise) and interactive 360 degree tours drawing on its world-renowned collections. Excellent educator resources including videos,  remote lesson plans, and media-rich curriculum website Women…

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…

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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…

CMOM at HOME

Museum educators from the Children’s  Museum of Manhattan 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:…

#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…

NYC MUSIC & THEATER

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.

Find free live and on-demand classes for all ages in a variety of dance…

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.

Also Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure in Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures.

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 Center Orchestra share performance secrets,  and Middle School Jazz Academy instructors break down jazz techniques.…

TheaterWorksUSA TV

Rent videos of TheaterWorksUSA family-friendly musicals including Pete The Cat, We The PeopleDog Man The Musical (coming soon) and many more. Also see behind-the-scenes with the artists, and try theater activities and crafts to make and share online.

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, songwriting and other art forms with simple materials found at home with Lincoln Center Pop-up…

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 (available virtually this year).

 

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. Currently featuring partners from around the world.

LIVE VIRTUAL MUSEUM PROGRAMS

Whitney Open Studio From Home

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kids, teens, and families are invited to join Whitney Educators for free weekly online art classes. Experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials.  Each week features a new theme and project connected to a work of art in the Whitney’s collection or current exhibitions. Book an in-person museum visit for more…

History @ Home

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn about history in real-time with New-York Historical Society educators on Zoom. Lessons are content-based and inquiry-driven, featuring images and historical documents from the museum’s collections using shared PowerPoint presentations.

Grade levels vary by day with grades K-12. Themes include The People of New York, Exploring Black History and History of American Protest. Great lesson…

Transit Tots

March 4 @ 10:15 am - 11:00 am

Join New York Transit Museum educators for transit-themed songs, stories and activities for the youngest transportation fans. Videos of past sessions available.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

March 4 @ 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 website (or reserve a timed ticket to visit in person).

Brooklyn Museum Gallery/Studio Program

March 4 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Inspired by Brooklyn Museum’s exhibitions and collections, create multi-layered, complex works of art, while discovering artists, working with different mediums and trying out new techniques, and more.

Each class includes a virtual visit to the galleries and art-making at home with live guidance from instructors.

Spring courses include Drawing, sculpture and animation inspired by current…

Architectural Scavenger Hunt – South Street Seaport

March 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Learn more about a fascinating part of New York City and hone your building detective skills on this virtual tour of the South Street Seaport area. Use Google Earth to explore this historic area and find key architectural details that provide clues to the city’s maritime past.

Learn more about architecture and design from the…

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

March 5 @ 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. Designed for ages ages 3-6.

Families and Folk Art: Alter Egos

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Explore a variety of photographs that reveal the alter egos of their makers from American Folk Art Museum exhibition Photo Brut, then create photographic responses.

Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Wizarding Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

March 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fable & Lark’s magical arts tour of the Metropolitan Museum goes virtual. Look at places and spaces that might remind you of those you of those in a wizard’s school or village, plus make connections between art and wizardly activities. Discussion and activities – mischief guaranteed.

You can also choose your own dates and times…

Guggenheim’s Sketch with Jeff

March 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Guggenheim teaching artist Jeff Hopkins shares stories about the museum’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building while sketching stories followed by a prompt to create drawings of your own at home. Children are encouraged to share their sketches on Instagram and Twitter @Guggenheim using the hashtag #sketchwithJeff.

Noguchi Museum Art for Kids & Families Online

March 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Engage in conversations about art with Noguchi Museum educators, and then create artwork using materials found in the home. An opportunity to get together with families and friends from different households anywhere in the world for virtual play dates. Adults are encouraged to make art and join in the conversations, but their participation is optional.

The Skyscraper Museum Family Program: “Let Liberty Rise”

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

Join author Chana Stiefel, for a reading of her recently released book, Let Liberty Rise: How Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of LibertyDiscover Lady Liberty’s history and how schoolchildren helped to raise the funds to assemble the statue! Virtual, Zoom. All ages welcome.

MoMA Make Art Together

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Discover artwork from MoMA’s collection, then experiment with art making.

Watch the 20-minute premiere on MoMA’s Facebook page at 10 am or any time after that suits you. For kids ages four to six; adult participation is recommended.

Architecture at Home: Skyscrapers

March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Learn more about architecture and design from the comfort of your own home with our free, live, and online Architecture at Home workshops led by Center for Architecture educators. Each 45-minute session explores an architectural topic through virtual tours, interactive lessons, and discussions, and gets kids started on a design project they can complete on…

Virtual Planetarium Show for Kids

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hudson River Museum’s shares virtual planetarium shows just for kids via Facebook Live with weekly themes like constellations and the moon. Q & A after the show.

MoMA Art Talks

March 11 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Take virtual trip to meet artists around the world, Learn about their process and technique then interact during a Q&A session.

From the 1 to the Q: Exploring NYC’s Subway System

March 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Eplore forms of transportation and New York City’s subway system with the Skyscraper Museum. After a read-aloud of Christoph Niemann’s picture book Subway in English and Spanish, create subway signs and posters inspired by NYC’s transit art.

Guggenheim Sunday Family Tour

March 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Family-oriented virtual tours explore works from the Guggenheim’s collection with conversation and creative hands-on activities utilizing materials you can find at home. Includes art looking and hands-on art exploration. Tours are organized around a single theme and highlight artworks on view from the permanent collection and special exhibitions (plus some discussion of the museum’s amazing…

MoMath Pi Day 2021

March 14 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join MoMath for online pi-themed workshops throughout the day. Test your intuition with a mathematical problem about a rope tied around the Earth and an engaging, hands-on activity, learn about Phi, also known as the Golden Ratio, join a crowd-sourced experiment to see how the law of large numbers lets us confidently approach pi by…

Brooklyn Museum Virtual Family Adventures

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Explore works of art in Brooklyn Museum collection through interactive games and activities, designed for kids ages 4–8 and their caregivers. Each session features a different activity inspired by kids’ homes and the things in them that make us feel cared for and secure—whether creating our own mini habitats or going on home scavenger hunts.…

Architecture at Home: NYC Time Travelers

March 16 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Learn more about architecture and design from the comfort of your own home with our free, live, and online Architecture at Home workshops led by Center for Architecture educators. Each 45-minute session explores an architectural topic through virtual tours, interactive lessons, and discussions, and gets kids started on a design project they can complete on…

Architecture at Home: Green Roofs

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Learn how green roofs, a great way to make buildings more eco-friendly and bring nature back into our cities and towns, are made and what benefits they provide, look at some amazing examples, and then design a rooftop oasis using park design symbols.

Learn more about architecture and design from the comfort of your…

Be Like Rosie Revere, Become Your Own Engineer

March 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Andrea Beaty’s Rosie Revere, Engineer proves that sometimes the greatest engineers make mistakes. After a reading of Beaty’s book, through a series of trial-and-error, kids will create their own inventions. Presented by the Skyscraper Museum.

April Fool’s: Architecture that Never Was

April 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Celebrate April Fool’s Day with The Skyscraper Museum. Did you know that architect Daniel Libeskind designed New York Tower at One Madison Avenue in 2007, but it was never built? Drawing from Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell’s Never Built New York, design unique buildings.

Green Skyscrapers Family Program

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Celebrate Earth week with The Skyscraper Museum by crafting  paper mache globes and discovering global, “green” skyscrapers! Learn about global, environmentally friendly skyscrapers.

From Simple Shapes to Skyscrapers

May 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Simple shapes and basic numbers are at the core of all tall towers. Join The Skyscraper Museum for a deep dive into the floor plans and facades of supertall skyscrapers as we find their hidden shapes and count their floors.

Skyscraper Museum Family Program: Where in the World

May 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where in the world are supertall skyscrapers located? Through an educator-led tour of The Skyscraper Museum’s  SUPERTALL! 2020 exhibition, kids will compare cities from New York to Kuala Lumpur. After looking at models and floor-to-ceiling posters of the tallest skyscrapers around the world, kids can design their own…