Take a Virtual Field Trip


    Bring the resources of world-class art museums into the classroom with these websites that link directly to course curriculum.

    Art Collections and Museums

    The Art Institute of Chicago

    The museum's extensive online resources include superb lesson plans, related book titles, maps, and glossaries related to exhibitions and items in the permanent collection.  Extensive resource sections, such as the museum's "Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to Ancient Art," are also accessible from this page and include video clips, time lines, and lesson plans for grades 4-12 in five subject areas.

    Denver Art Museum

    Designed for students in grades 2-5, the Wacky Kids site focuses on world art and culture.  It offers a range of hands-on craft projects based on items in the museum's collection.  The site also includes links to other museum artifacts and related book titles.

    J. Paul Getty Museum

    I love THE GETTY!! The Los Angeles museum's site includes extensive image banks and excellent, interdisciplinary lesson plans, including the fascinating resource section entitled "Art and Science: A Curriculum for K-12 Teachers."

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    If you have never been able to get to New York- biggest treasure trove provides online teacher resources that cover subjects such as ancient Egypt, Indian carpets, and Byzantine life and art, with ideas for art, math, science, language arts, and social studies curricular links.  The site also includes and online archive with thousands of highlights from the collection.

    The Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center

    ArtsConnectEd, a joint project organized by Minneapolis' two world-class art museums, offers a wealth of ideas on integrating art into the curriculum.  There's a searchable art gallery and a playground of activities just for kids.  The "For Your Classroom" section contains the Teachers' Guide, which maps out the site and explains how to fully take advantage of its offerings. 


     National Gallery of Art

    The museum's online teacher resources include a wealth of art-focused lessons packed with interactive student activities, printable worksheets, glossaries, biographies, and other related resources.

    Google Art Projects

    A collection of 1000+ works from 17 highly acclaimed art museums around the world.  With Google art projects you can virtually walk the aisles of these museums and view high resolution images of paintings like Van Gogh's "The Bedroom."  Google also allows you to create your own art collection by saving individual paintings to a portfolio where you can add notes and share with friends.

    Other Museums


    This self-paced, self-guided tour allows viewers to take a detailed virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  This is a complete virtual tour.  All you have to do is follow the blue arrow around the museum to go on a journey that makes you feel like you are actually walking the halls of this national treasure.

    Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    Virtual tour of the museum, which is home to an extensive world-wide collection of zoology, entomology, geology, and mineralogy.  It includes local dinosaur finds, a 40 ft Tyrannosaurus Rex, the observation beehive, and Alice's Dodo.  Also a part of the tour is the building itself; one of the finest examples of the Victorian Gothic style of architecture.

    National Museum of the United States Air Force

    This remarkable tour gives viewers a very clear and complete tour of the entire museum grounds.  See the progression of aeronautics in the U.S., from its beginnings with the Wright brothers all the way to modern day R&D aircraft.


    This is not a museum, however this person has one of the best pages I have found for Art Activitie for Students. Full Lesson Plans and excellent projects!


    Miscellaneous Locations

    Inside the White House

    Travel floor by floor as you take an interactive tour of the White House.  View official White House photos of the rooms and browse through the history connected to each room, as well as its unique features.  Also learn the significance of each room in the day-to-day workings of the White House.

    Panoramas 7 Wonders

    Bring the 7 wonders of the world to your classroom with panoramas.dk.  This website has breathtaking panoramic views of all 7 wonders of the world, which include the Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, The Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru, Christ Redeemer in Rio, and Chichen Itza in Mexico.

    Google Sky

    Travel the stars with Google Sky.  It allows you to view the position of planets, explore constellations, and even watch the birth of distant galaxies.  You can change the view of Google Sky to see what the sky would look like if we had the ability to view the universe in x-rays or infrared.