Whilst the UK is slowly re-opening shops and outdoor activities like zoos, museums are still closed until further notice. So why not take the kids round some virtual museums at home?
Here are five of the best virtual museums we can recommend. Whether you have a little culture vultures, story-lovers or history buffs, there is something here to keep everyone happy. Get exploring…
1. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
If your little ones devoured James and the Giant Peach, they will adore a virtual visit to this charming museum. Located about 20 miles northwest of London, the museum is a unique haven that celebrates the stories and legacy of Roald Dahl, the world’s number one children’s storyteller. The website offers three galleries the whole family can view from the comfort of your own armchairs. Find inspiration on more galleries and museums in London to visit after lockdown.
If your children love studying ancient Egypt in school, then take a virtual museum visit around The Louvre in Paris this weekend. Kids can view the Egyptian antiquities and learn more about the pharaonic period. Don’t also forget to show them the famous Mona Lisa, with her sad smile. Find more inspiration on other fun things to do after lockdown in Paris.
3. Uffizi Gallery
This stunning art gallery is great for any older children, who are covering European history at school. Most of the works of art are from the Italian Renaissance. Just be warned however, you will see some paintings of naked ladies! Here are more activity ideas for when you next can visit Florence.
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt with this virtual tour. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re wandering around its halls. Here are more ideas on what to do in Amsterdam.
5. Edinburgh Castle
Not strictly a museum, but history-loving kids will adore this virtual tour of Scotland’s crown jewel. This historic fortress that rises from the city’s skyline has been used by man since at least the Iron Age, so is rich in antiquity. Kids should look out for Queen Mary of Scot’s initials above one of the ancient doorframes.
So there you have it, five fabulous virtual museums to explore with kids.
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