Get exploring some of the most famous sites in the world with these amazing virtual tours and interactive games for kids! You can take the kids almost anywhere in the world to explore a museum without having to factor in the journey or battle with crowds. Why not see if you can find something linked to the topics they have been working on at school recently?
North East Museums and Galleries
Discover Beamish Museum from home. Join the Learning team for a Beamish sing-along, take part in a school lesson with the Headmaster or try out a 1950s hairstyle. You can even enjoy a horse and carriage or a steam train ride at Pockerley Waggonway.
It used to take years to perfect the art of glass making but with National Glass Centre’s Virtual Glass Making game, you can make a stained-glass window in less than five minutes.
Join Life on a journey to the edge of the universe, starting from right here: Earth. Check out how we already use space tech in our everyday lives and how you can work in space without even leaving the ground. Then, launch your own rocket and see what it would be like to live on a space station! Finish your journey through Space Zone in the stars, far away from Earth.
Take a virtual tour of the museum in a fully immersive tour around the Ice Age to Iron Age Gallery.
Take a virtual tour of Laing Art Gallery and see this world-class collection of art up close.
Explore life on the northern frontier of the Roman Empire with this fascinating collection of Roman finds that give you a snapshot of life 2,000 years ago. Enjoy a video tour around the most complete Roman fort in Britain today.
Revisit some of Seven Stories best loved exhibitions from the past. Explore the magical world of Enid Blyton or discover how timeless classic The Tiger Who Came To Tea was created in an exhibition dedicated to author and illustrator Judith Kerr.
National Museums and Galleries
Fans of Harry Potter can use this amazing tool from Google Maps to explore all the places that J.K Rowling’s world was based on – such as the London market that was the inspiration for Diagon Alley and the famous Platform 9 3/4 that whisked the witches and wizards off to Hogwarts. While you might not be able to enjoy the treats of Honeyduke’s sweet shop or jump on the Hogwarts Express, this tour is the closest thing to it!
The British Museum is one of the world's greatest museums, showcasing objects from prehistoric to modern times. Take a virtual tour through the museum and you can watch, listen and learn about the Egyptians and their bizarre mummifications, the Romans’ glutinous eating habits and lots more. Their interactive timeline Museum of the World is a great place to start.
London Transport Museum’s website is full of exciting crafts, quizzes and games to play, as well as STEM-inspired videos, downloadable learning resources and helpful guides which you can use while you and your family are working and studying from home.
Windsor Castle is the oldest, occupied castle in the world! Although the Queen regularly spends her time here at the weekends, it’s open to the public to come and have a look around. Now, they’ve gone one step further and offered an online virtual tour of the castle. Set up for a state banquet, you can zoom in, out and use the “i” information icons to learn all about the room. It’s a picture-perfect experience for any little one to get to know one of the palaces of the royal family.
Discover London's history from the comfort of your own home. Discover what it was like to live in Roman London or to be a Suffragette and uncover hidden treasures of the collections. Click the link for some great ways to play and learn at home!
Discover stories and collections, discover epic stories of sea, space and exploration, and get expert insight from the museum curators and specialists. There's a whole universe to discover online at Royal Museums Greenwich.
Delve into the Museum from home with a virtual self-guided tour of the galleries, an interactive experience about Hope the blue whale and audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Take a dip into Roman times with this walk-through of the Roman baths in Bath. Their virtual tour really makes you feel like you’re there, as you walk through the entrance and by-pass the ticket office – straight into the centre of the site. The link panel on the right side of your screen will help you navigate and teach all curious minds about the people who bathed here and gods who were worshipped.
This world-famous museum in Washington D.C is now open online and is one of the best virtual tours for kids out there. Explore all every single one of the exhibits with a 360-degree-view on their website. In the Sant Ocean Hall, you can get up close and personal with a blue whale like you’ve never seen before. Many of the objects have small photo icons, which you can also click on and view information or closer images of the exhibit.