The once-crowded museums are sitting empty in the uncertain times of C19 pandemic. Dive into our compilation of resources free for everyone to enjoy. Some of the resources are open content, reusable and remixable under creative commons.

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Cassowary Egg

Cassowary egg from the wreck of the Dutch East India ship Witte Leeuw, before 1613


Anonymous, c. -1100 – c. -800

Bat Comb

Ferdinand Erhart, c. 1908


Anonymous, c. 1600

Leather Gloves

Anonymous, c. 1900

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Alaska’s Digital Archives: Alaska’s historical resources
Archaeological Analytics: Archaeological Open Access Collections
ArtUK: Art collections from 3,200 UK organizations Cultural documentaries, films, and more.
Association of Science and Technology Centers: Educational resources
BioExplora: Natural science open collections portal (3D images, bio diversity)
Creative Commons: Aggregates all CC-licensed content and collections globally
Digital Agnes: Canadian portal for curatorial research and online exhibitions
DigitalNZ: 300+ collections from around New Zealand
DPLA: Digital Public Library of America
Europeana: 50,000,000 European works of art, books, music, and more
English Heritage: Variety of mediums of British content (Podcasts, videos, etc.)
Global Museum: Portal for museum news, jobs, and resources
Google Arts & Culture: +2,000 museum partners from +80 countries
Heritage on the Edge: A project of Google Arts & Culture
Memorica: Open access Mexican culture content portal
Mexican Ministry of Culture: Short films, books, radio, paintings, from cultural orgs
MIMO: Musical Instrument Museums Online (64,000+ instruments)
Museum Crush: Select objects from a variety of museums
NASA Image & Video Library: All NASA content is in the public domain
NISE (National Informal Science Education): Digital library of STEM DIY resources
OpenGLAM: Aggregates 88 unique open collections
Paris Museums: Over 300,000 works
Past Perfect Online: Digital collections from over 900 museums
Project Gutenberg: 60,000 free ebooks
The Run Around: Virtual Activities from Children’s Museums
Science Museum Group: 325,000+ objects from 5 UK science museums
Show Me: Games, collections, videos, stories from museums and galleries
Smithsonian Open Access: Search 2.8 million images and 3D Models
V21ArtSpace: Over 100 exhibit virtual tours
Wikidata: “The Sum of all Paintings” metadata initiative via Wikimedia
Wikimedia Commons: Over 20,000,000 open images
Urban Archive: Digital archive collections from 70+ museums
York Museums Trust: Collections from various museums in Yorkshire, UK

Online Exhibits

Art, Design & Architecture Museum: Online Exhibits
Benjamin Franklin House: Online Exhibit
Canadian Museum of History: Online Exhibitions
Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Online Exhibits, Stories
Digital Smithsonian American Art Museum: Online Exhibits, Videos
Fashion Institute of Technology: Online Exhibits
Georgia Museum of Art: The Monsters Are Due on Broad Street: Patrick Dean
Getty Research Institute: Bauhaus: Building the New Artist
Girl Museum: Online Exhibits
History Colorado: Online Exhibits
JFK Library: “Moonshot” App and Online Interactive
King’s College London: Online Exhibits and Special Collections
Koshland Science Museum: Interactive Virtual Exhibits
M Woods, Beijing, China: Experimental Online Exhibition
Mercer Museum, Pennsylvania: Online Exhibits
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Animal Live Cams
Museum of the American Indian: How American Indians Shaped US Identity
Museum of London: Online Exhibits
Museum of Ontario Archaeology: History of Ste. Marie II
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
National Women’s History Museum
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology: Online Exhibits
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre: Online Exhibits
Reina Sofía Museum Radio: Audiovisual resources; an acoustic museum experience
Second Canvas Apps: 30 Museum Apps (Google Sheet)
Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum
Städel Museum: Online Exhibit
State Museum of Pennsylvania: Online Exhibits
Virtual Migration Museum: Interactive Online Experience App
Virtual Museum of Canada: Virtual Exhibits and Cultural Content

Art and Cultural Collections

Akron Art Museum, Ohio
Albright-Knox, New York
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Artura: Contemporary diverse art and artists
The Barnes Collection, Philadelphia
The Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham, United Kingdom (art and history)
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
Clyfford Still Museum, Denver
Cooper Hewitt, New York (historical and contemporary design)
Corning Museum of Glass, New York: Lectures, demos, glass blowing magic.
Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
Delaware Art Museum
Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, New Mexico
Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow Women’s Library
The Guggenheim, New York
The Hammer, LA (contemporary art)
The Khalili Collections: 35,000 works of art
Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands
Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA)
Latino Cultural Arts Center, Denver
The Leiden Collection
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
M+ Collections: 5,000+ Cultural Objects, Hong Kong
McMaster Museum of Art, Canada
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway (art by Edvard Munch)
Museum of New Zealand
National Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New Museum Digital Archive
Oakland Museum of California
Open Access at the Met
Paris Museum of Modern Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art: The John G. Johnson Collection
Philbrook Museum of Art, Oklahoma
Portland Art Museum
The Rainbow Museum: Art and Photography
Rijksmuseum: Art and Videos
Sarmaya, Mumbai
SCAD Museum of Art, Georgia
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts, Arizona
Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design
SMK Open: National Gallery of Denmark Collections
Spencer Online Museum of Art, University of Kansas
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain
Xul Solar Museum, Argentina
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Victoria and Albert, United Kingdom
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (visual, performing, media arts)
The Walters, Baltimore

Museums for Kids

Adler Planetarium: Science Experiments for Kids (YouTube playlist)
Alimentarium Academy: Resources and games about food and nutrition
American Museum of Natural History: Ology science website for kids
The Andy Warhol Museum: Online Lessons
Burke Museum: Burke from Home activities and resources
Canadian Museum of Nature: Coloring Pages,
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Museum at Home
Exploratorium: Science Experiment “Snacks”
Frist Kids: Art activities and videos
Glazer Children’s Museum: Online Activities
History Hunters Youth Reporter Program: Virtual classroom
House of Illustration: Curriculum-based illustration activities
iCivics: Virtual games (free beginning with Covid-19)
Job Carr Cabin Museum: Activities and Downloadable Resources
The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge, art education resources
Laguna Art Museum: Art Activities for all ages
Long Island Children’s Museum: Play Outside Ideas
MCA Chicago: “Art Like Me” Culturally-Relevant Art Workbook for Kids
Metropolitan Museum of Art: MetKids
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Games, Activities, Coloring Pages
National Museum of Australia: “Fun at Home” DIY activities
Norton Simon Museum: Art Projects for Kids (scroll to section)
Rhino Palast: Games and Information (German only)
Roald Dahl Museum: Make Stories Like Roald Dahl
Shedd Aquarium: Sea Curious- Kid Questions, Animal Answers (YouTube)
Smarthistory: Source of history content for Khan Academy
State Historical Society of Iowa: Educational Activities and Weekly Programs
Suzhou Museum: Online Mini-Games
Tate: Tate Kids (Games and quizzes, videos, kids’ art, etc.)