Educational &Virtual Tours
E Komo Mai! Take a virtual tour, watch a show, or learn something new...
As the Corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to affect our communities around our state and the world, people are practicing safe social distancing to help curb the spread of this virus.
Even though we cannot travel and attend public events because of the pandemic, and we’re all staying home for a while, it doesn’t mean you can’t participate or experience the wonders outside of your home. We’ve have created a page centered on free virtual experiences that you can access from the comfort and safety of your home.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Your virtual access to science, animals, geography, history, world culture, more. Explore the world & venture to far reaches of the globe with National Geographic.
Learn about critical issues affecting the world today & the impact on your life.
NATIONAL PARKS: From your home you will get a dose of nature with virtual tours of national parks including Arches, Chanel Islands, Glacier, Yellowstone and Yosemite. Stay connected with the national parks across the country with our online resources to help you "Find Your Virtual Park."
The National Park Service is an agency of the Federal government of the United States that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.
Check out "National Parks From Your Couch"
FARM FOOD 360: Get a behind-the-scenes tour of a dairy farm, apple orchard, feed mill and more with Canadian Farm and Food Tours. Immerse yourself – literally – in virtual Canadian farm and food tours. Farm and Food Care Ontario is providing users with the opportunity to explore real life Canadian farms and food processing facilities. Check out tons of our fun farm facts and extraordinary stories.
DISCOVERY EDUCATION FIELD TRIPS: Take advantage of free virtual field trips exploring every arena of education, including tech, sports, agriculture, nature and more. The global leader in standards-based digital curriculum for K-12 classrooms worldwide.
Discovery Education is the home to award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, and the largest professional development community of its kind.
NASA CITIZEN SCIENCE: Become a citizen scientist for a variety of projects that strike your interest. Track wildlife on trail cameras, search for interstellar particles from space crafts, identifying bird species, and more. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research.
Vist NASA's Video Gallery
LA OPERA AT HOME: Access the opera at home, watch treasured favorites, and learn from at home opera lessons. Take a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a world-class opera. LA Opera is the 4th largest opera company in North America located in downtown Los Angeles. Created in 1986 by a team of visionaries, LA Opera has become a leader in artistic innovation, while honoring the great historical legacy of opera.
NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MUSEUM: A proposed museum and an American history organization that "researches, collects and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our nation in a context of world history." The NWHM was founded in 1996 by Karen Staser. Learn about how women made strides in America through 30 categories of change including Outdoor Adventurers, Standing Up for Changes, The Women of NASA, Women in STEM, Inventive Women and The Waves of WWII.
EIFFEL TOWER: Go straight to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris without any lines. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. The Eiffel Tower was the world's tallest structure when completed in 1889, a distinction it retained until 1929 when the Chrysler Building in New York City was topped out.
ANIMAL CAMERAS: Tune into a web cam of animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Located at the ocean's edge on historic Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is your window to marine life. Monterey Bay Aquarium is a nonprofit public aquarium in Monterey, California. Known for its regional focus on the marine habitats of Monterey Bay, it was the first to exhibit a living kelp forest when it opened in October 1984. Its biologists have pioneered the animal husbandry of jellyfish and it was the first to successfully care for and display a great white shark.
ANIMAL CAMERAS: Check out the Georgia Aquarium's beluga web cam. Explore a world under the sea with whale sharks, beluga whales and other marine life. In May 2020, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta announced the birth of its newest beluga whale.
Staff at the aquarium say the calf was born last Sunday to its mother, 20-year-old Whisper.
At birth, the newborn weighed 174 pounds and measured 5 feet and 4 inches long. After a long labor, mother and calf are resting and bonding away from other beluga whales, according to the aquarium. Georgia Aquarium staff are keeping close watch over the pair.
ANIMAL CAMERAS: Panda cam at the Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta, Georgia. Giant pandas are bears and are members of the Order Carnivora. They are unique because, although they evolved among the mostly carnivorous bear species of the world, their diet is vegetarian. Despite the availability of other plants, they feed almost exclusively on bamboo. Zoo Atlanta is very committed to its partnership with China and to the conservation of giant pandas. The giant pandas at Zoo Atlanta are on loan from China.
Visit the Atlanta Zoo Video Library
ANIMAL CAMERAS: Georgia Aquarium's Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef webcam. Georgia Aquarium is home to hundreds of species and thousands of animals across its seven major galleries, all of which reside in more than 10 million US gallons of fresh and salt water. It was the largest aquarium in the world from its opening in 2005 until 2012, when it was surpassed by Marine Life Park in Singapore, and then by Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China. It houses more than a hundred thousand aquatic creatures, of about 500 types of species.
ANIMAL CAMERAS: Georgia Aquarium's Jellyfish webcam. The sprawling Georgia Aquarium has five massive galleries that display the aquatic world. There is the Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, Georgia Explorer, River Scout and Cold water quest. These galleries categorize the aquatic creatures in accordance to the environment that they are found naturally. The Tropical Diver gallery is a relaxing end to a journey through all the regions of the world at Georgia Aquarium.
TEATRO REGIO DI TORINO in TURIN, ITALY: One of the oldest opera theatres in existence today: its origins date back to 1740, the year in which it opened as a magnificent venue of the Savoy Court. The Teatro Regio is a prominent opera house and opera company in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. Its season runs from October to June with the presentation of eight or nine operas given from five to twelve performances of each.
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA: An American symphony orchestra, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of the "Big Five" American orchestras, the orchestra is based at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra was founded in 1900 by Fritz Scheel, who also acted as its first conductor. The orchestra had its beginnings with a small group of musicians led by the pianist F. Cresson Schell (1857–1942).
You can also see their behind-the-scenes YouTube videos.
GOOGLE ARTS PROJECT - STREET ART: Showcases a collection of the world's greatest graffiti works and tells the stories behind them. Street art is unofficial and independent visual art created in public locations for public visibility. Street art is associated with the terms "independent art", "post-graffiti", "neo-graffiti", and guerrilla art. Take virtual walking tours, view online exhibitions and learn about the artists themselves through interactive features.
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO: A museum of modern and contemporary art located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain.
The museum complex, designed by Frank O. Gehry, consists of interconnected buildings whose extraordinary free-form titanium-sheathed mass suggests a gigantic work of abstract sculpture. Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has been hailed as the most important structure of its time when it opened in 1997.
LACMA: The largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 142,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMA's collections encompass the geographic world and virtually the entire history of art.
THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: A collection of virtual tours allowing visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room
tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.
THE BRITISH MUSEUM: Located in the Bloomsbury area of London, United Kingdom, is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire. It documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. It was the first public national museum in the world.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY: Is made up of 550 scientists who have created a Nature Lab: to help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can help keep it running strong. Nature is the fantastic factory that makes the building blocks of all our lives—food, drinking water, the stuff we own, and the air we breathe.
Take a virtual field trip to explore nature at its best.
FULLSCREEN 360: Provides a full screen, 360-degree image that lets you virtually travel to some of the most beautiful sites in the world, and the ability to look in any direction gives you the feeling of standing at on Mars, in Machu Picchu, on top Mt. St. Helens, or any of the other destinations we feature. The beautifully detailed, full screen panoramic photos give travelers a perspective unlike any other form of photograph.
THRILLIST: Serves the curious and believe that new experiences are what drive the rich lives. Their virtual tours can take you pretty much anywhere, from distant lands to historic museums to your local zoo. Through them, you can witness eye-popping natural phenomena, explore mountain tops and deep caverns, and tour cities you've always dreamed of visiting. And you can do all of this from the couch.
LONDON: The capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that closely follow its medieval limits. T
JEANNE ROBERTSON: "We Don’t Sell Vanilla Milkshakes", a stand up comic tells of her experience of trying to order a plain old simple vanilla.
Jeanne Swanner Robertson is an American humorist, author, motivational speaker, a former Miss North Carolina, and a former physical education teacher.
JEANNE ROBERTSON: "Don’t Waste the Quarantine", a stand up comic shows how she is using her time during the quarantine.
Jeanne Swanner Robertson is an American author, popular radio personality, Hall of Fame speaker, and award-winning humorist, who has helped thousands of people add humor to their lives. She illustrates how a sense of humor can play an integral part of anyone’s success.
JOHNNY CARSON: Getting a hug from a Baby Orangutan (1978). See more Baby Orangutans on Johnny. Johnny Carso was the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992). NBC's Tonight was the late-night counterpart to its early-morning show Today. Carson became the host of Tonight (later becoming The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson) on October 1, 1962.
JEANNE ROBERTSON: "Don't Underestimate a Five Year Old". She has been stealing the stage for years as a witty Christian humorist who tells stories based on her life experiences. Always one to look for the humor in every situation, Jeanne has a knack for finding situations to poke fun at that we are all able to relate! Most charming about her style is the way she is able to embellish a story to weave the perfect imagery while maintaining family-friendly content.
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RED SKELTON: The "Farewell Special" in London. America's wackiest court jester gets silly with Britain's Royal Family at London's Royal Albert Hall (1983).
This performance was recorded live on Red Skelton 's 70th Birthday on 18 July 1983. The recording took place before the Royal Family at London's Royal Albert Hall and before a packed house of Lords, Ladies, and Gentlemen. Red tosses off jokes, one-liners, and works through elaborate pantomime routines both classic and new.
RED SKELTON: "The Red Skelton Show" Episode 21 With Phyllis Diller (1971).
Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American comedy entertainer. He was best known for his national radio and television shows between 1937 and 1971, especially as host of the television program The Red Skelton Show. The Red Skelton Show is an American television comedy/variety show that, from 1951 to 1971, was an entertainment staple and an institution to a generation of viewers.
WINDOW SWAP: Allows you to access a gallery full of video recorded views (with sound!) taken from other people's windows around the world. So realistic, you will actually feel like you are really there! Just click on "Open a new window somewhere in the world" to immediately travel to far away locations.
To support those searching for armchair travel inspiration,
the magazine has compiled a collection of coverage dedicated to virtual reality experiences, digital exhibits and books that will transport you to far-off lands. The Smithsonian acts as a lens on the world, looking at the topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution -- science, history, art, etc.
NEW YORK TIMES: Would like to invite you on a series of virtual journeys: You can wander into the belly of an Egyptian pyramid, explore the house where Mozart was born, or fly over the rocky peaks of Glacier National Park. Sure, you’ll be looking at a screen, but you’ll see new places, hear new languages and pick up some interesting tidbits about other cultures.