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Virtual DC Museum Exhibits

An Overview of the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, DC

Take a virtual tour of DC museums to keep the learning going.

DC has a plethora of museums, including 17 Smithsonian museums. If you're looking for creative ways to get of our your house and into a new environment without actually leaving your house, we've compiled a list of virtual museum tours in DC. You can take a voyage to space, see live animals, discover famous women in history or view the Hirshhorn's Sculpture Garden from a whole new perspective.

Guide to a Virtual Class Field Trip in Washington, DC

1 National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum @foxnomad

The Air and Space Museum takes visitors to the sky, showcasing the amazing technological achievements that have progressed aviation and space exploration throughout the last century. Explore more virtual exhibits at the online. Students and educators can access STEM resources.

2 Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Go wild with online resources from one of the nation’s most popular zoological parks. Explore more virtual exhibits at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Students and educators can Follow That Bird! 

Live Cams

3 Ford's Theatre
Ford's Theatre Ford's Theatre

A working theater, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, Ford's Theatre is the premier destination for exploring and celebrating the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln in Washington, DC. You can view their many online exhibits, including one that focuses on Lincoln's assassination, or peruse online teaching resources.

4 National Museum of Women in the Arts
National Museum of Women in the Arts National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating the diverse artistic achievements of women. Check out virtual exhibits for Graciela Iturbide's Mexico and Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits. You can also search the museum's comprehensive online collection and peruse fascinating artist profiles.

5 Hirshhorn Sculpture Gardens
Hirshhorn Sculpture Gardens Quadell via Wikimedia Commons

The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden displays some of the most unique artworks in modern and contemporary art, including painting, sculpture and photography. Explore the Sculpture Garden through the museum's virtual view 1 and virtual view 2.

6 National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery Tony Brooks

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery captures America through the imagery of remarkable people who have shaped history.

Women's History Month Exhibits

7 Smithsonian 3D
Smithsonian 3D Smithsonian

A small group of technologists working within the Smithsonian Institution Digitization Program Office have brought the Smithsonian museum collections to life with 3D digitization.

8 National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of African American History and Culture @jessipatel

The National Museum of African American History and Culture learning lab offers students and teachers digital resources including imagery, essential documents and engaging videos. These materials bring stories to life and inspire readers to become agents of change.

9 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Fortunately, you don't have to venture to the Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum to experience their latest exhibit, Americans and the Holocaust, which examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped the American response to Nazism, war and genocide. Browse through a curated list of frequently searched themes

10 George Washington's Mount Vernon
George Washington's Mount Vernon George Washington's Mount Vernon

Take a time machine to colonial times when you step into Mount Vernon’s virtual tour of its property. You can step into each building, learn what its use was to the Washington family and discover what day-to-day life was like. Little known fact: You can even see the key to the Bastille prison that the Marquis de Lafayette gave to Washington as a gift, which resides in the main entrance of the mansion! You will feel as if you’re receiving a solo tour of one of the most majestic sites in the DMV area.

11 Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History National Museum of Natural History

You might recognize the necklace pictured above from a little movie that stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet called 'Titanic'. The Smithsonian National Musuem of Natural History has this necklace on virtual exhibit for you to see and learn more about

12 International Spy Museum
International Spy Museum International Spy Museum

The SPY museum is currently open and working at a limited capacity to ensure visitors safety. If you're not able to go in person, you can still get-a-look into the largest collection of international espionage artifacts online, some that have never been seen by the public...until now! If you're an educator or a student, you can also access their free activities and lesson plans

13 Museum of the Bible
Museum of the Bible

The state-of-the-art museum has launched a video series and podcast while their doors are closed during the crisis. You can also take virtual tours of their galleries.

14 DAR Museum
DAR Museum

This historic museum supported by the Daughters of the American Revolution offers online exhibits, a digitized collections database and games, videos, and school lesson plans.

15 The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection

While the fascinating Riffs and Relations exhibit is on hiatus, The Phillips Collection has published a YouTube series that allows users to engage with the exhibit and its galleries.

16 National Geographic Museum
National Geographic Museum

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring Becoming Jane exhibit, which has been converted into a virtual tour by the National Geographic Museum. Learn the incredible story of Dr. Jane Goodall and enjoy 360-degree videos.

17 National Archives
National Archives

Even though you can’t currently visit the Archives, you can still browse through numerous collections of historical records and access millions of documents through the National Archives’ national network of online resources.