Virtual Tours of Natural History Museums

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Virtual Tours of Natural History Museums

Natural History Museum, London
Natural History Museum, London. Rex Butcher/AWL Images/Getty Images

Some children love natural history, which is the history of the Earth and everything on it, plants, animals, bugs, and even cultures. If your child is one of those with a special interest in some part of natural history and in all natural things found on Earth, take them on a visit to these natural history museums online. Whether you are homeschooling or just nurturing your child's interest in some aspect of nature, you will find many educational and fun resources on these museum sites.

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Ology at the American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History. Bruce Yuanyue Bi/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images

The American Museum of Natural History has a section just for kids called Ology for Kids. It tells kids that "ology" means "study of" and then provides a menu of ology options: Anthropology, archeology, biology, marine biology, microbiology, paleontology, and zoology. There are plenty of options that don't end in "-ology" as well, such as astronomy, genetics, and physics. Each section is packed with information and activities.

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Jason Colston/:onely Planet Images/Getty Images

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has a variety of virtual exhibits. The exhibits include topics like African Voices, Dinosaurs, Secrets of the Soil, Dynamic Earth, Geologic Time, Living Fossils of the Deep, Vikings, and much more. Each exhibit is set up a bit differently, but older kids (and their parents) have plenty available to learn from.

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Panoramic Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Rotunda
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Rotunda. Eddie Brady/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History provides a real virtual tour of the museum. Visitors start in the South Rotunda of the museum and then can choose where to go, just as they would if hey were in the museum. You can't see absolutely everything, but you can see quite a bit. You can pan left, right, up, and down. You can also enlarge the view, which allows you to read the print on some exhibits. In some places, you'll see a camera icon. If you click on it, you'll see a close-up picture of the exhibit.

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The Field Museum Virtual Visits

Chicago Field Museum
Chicago Field Museum. Amanda Hall/robertharding/robertharding/Getty Images

The Field Museum in Chicago offers some interesting "microsites" featuring their exhibits. These microsites offer information about the exhibit's topic - such as biomechanics - as well as some photogalleries of the exhibits.

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Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature
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The Canadian Museum of Nature provides opportunities for visitors to explore nature. Visitors can explore by watching videos, reading blogs, and by downloading special mobile apps. They also have a few websites that offer additional information on some specialized topics, like arctic exploration.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Richard Cummins/Lonely Planet Images/getty Images

Browse the exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Quite a few exhibits can be explored - or maybe more accurately, their topics can be explored. While the initial pages of the exhibits describe the exhibits, links on the pages lead visitors to information on the topics.

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San Diego Museum of Natural History

San Diego Museum of Natural History
San Diego Museum of Natural History. Richard Cummins/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images

Shenkman Memorial Video Library housed at the San Diego Museum of Natural History contains hundreds of videos on plants, birds, animals, ecology, and geology. You can see what they have to offer by viewing the index. There are even some videos on map making and map reading.

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Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum, London
Natural History Museum, London. Rex Butcher/AWL Images/Getty Images

The Natural History Museum in London provides some interesting information on its Discover Page. Visitors can find photos, facts, discussions, and videos related to its many exhibits and holdings. These include facts about the Earth, facts about the sun, tracing our genetic history, the Neanderthal in us, underwater robots, and much more.

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