The Best Virtual Field Trips at Home and Afar




While our favorite museums and institutions are closed due to coronavirus, you can still get out – virtually – and "walk through" museums and zoom in on art without fighting the crowds, visit your favorite zoo animals and sea creatures, or get tons of at-home projects and ideas from local science museums. You can even travel to a rainforest or Mars. We've rounded up favorites from near and far. Did we miss yours? Email janine.defao@bayareaparent.com and we'll add it to the list. 

In the Bay Area

New Offerings

San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers is offering Bay Area students free guided tours for third-fifth grade classes and free self-guided visits for TK-12th grade school groups, preschools and college classes. Based on its popular Adaptation field trip for third to fifth graders, which explains the unique adaptation strategies plants develop to survive in tropical environments, an interactive free virtual tour is available to San Francisco Unified classes, and a livestream is available for students in other districts. Find more information here.

The Presidio in San Franciso is now offering virtual experiences. Presido at Home features free videos, photos, educational materials and more.

San Jose's Winchester Mystery House is for the first time offering an Immersive 360 Tour that will allow allows guests to independently roam each level of the bizarre mansion, from the basement to the rarely seen fourth floor, while exploring many rooms previously inaccessible on standard estate tours. The $8.99 fee comes with a ticket for an actual your that cab be used when the mansion reopens. 

Visit Yosemite | Madera County has virtual activities for families. It has a Welcoming Committee Activity Kit with puzzles, crafts and a storybook. You can download background scenes for your next video conference of Yosemite National Park and Bass Lake in Madera County. Families can also watch movies filmed at Bass Lake like Carnival Boat and The Great Outdoors.

Slide Ranch, a nonprofit teaching farm on the Marin County coast, is offering free, customizable tours to teachers, as well as virtual visits by donation for birthday parties, Mother's Day and corporate meetings.

Art

Oakland Museum of California

Asian Art Museum

DeYoung Museum

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Legion of Honor

STEM

California Academy of Sciences

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

Exploratorium

The Lawrence Hall of Science

The Tech Interactive

Zoos & Aquariums

Oakland Zoo animal webcams

Monterey Bay Aquarium

San Francisco Zoo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Other

Children's Fairyland on Facebook (plus a free downloadable coloring book)

Elsewhere

Museums

British Museum (London)

Guggenheim Museum (New York)

Louvre Museum (Paris)

Musée d’Orsay (Paris)

The Museum of Flight (Seattle) 

Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.)

National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.) 

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)

And More

360 Cities’ panormas and video from around the world 

Farm Food 360 Farm Tours (Canada) 

The Great Wall of China (China) 

Mars 

NASA Image and Video Library

National Aquarium (Washington, D.C.) 

Nature Conservancy virtual field trips of coral reefs, rainforests, deserts and more 

New England Aquarium (Boston)

San Diego Zoo live cams 

Seattle Aquarium 30-minute virtual tour 

Yellowstone National Park Old Faithful Geyser live webcam 

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