Virtual Field Trips

At home destinations, virtually!

Field trips are a vibrant and essential part of homeschool living, but what do you do when you can’t get out and about? Virtual tours, that’s what!

On this list of destinations in Virginia and DC, you’ll recognize many old favorites–some you may have visited during a field trip or homeschool day–that have virtual tours of their facilities as well as videos, podcasts, and other resources you can access anytime! Plus, you’ll also find hidden treasures and new, interactive activities and projects to do at home.

History

Early America

Bacon’s Castle

Bacon’s Castle Slave Quarters

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Colonial Williamsburg
This website includes teacher resources, interactive timeline, videos, activity pages, crafts,
and more.

Dumbarton House

Friendship Firehouse Museum

Gunston Hall
This website also has activities.

Highland

Historic Christ Church & Museum

Historic St. John’s Church
Missing Day at the Capitol? Here, you can see a virtual reenactment of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.

Jamestown/Yorktown
This website includes virtual tours, webcasts, and activities, as well as online resources for educators.

Montpelier
Events include webinars and virtual forums, online courses, and videos on Montpelier’s Youtube channel.

Monticello
Live virtual tours are available for $10.

Mount Vernon
This website offers daily livestream events, as well as a virtual tour.

Poplar Forest
They offer virtual tours, talks, and other educational resources.

Scotchtown

Smith’s Fort Plantation

Civil War and Modern

Alexandria African American Heritage Park

Alexandria Black History Museum

American Civil War Museum
This website offers daily activities, videos, and resources.

Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park
Educator materials are available here.

D-Day Memorial
They offer virtual programs and other educational resources.

Ford’s Theatre

Fort Wool

Hill House Museum

Sherwood Forest

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
This website offers a vast array of online learning, exhibitions, and resources.

Woodrow Wilson House

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

General History

Agecroft Hall Here, you may view videos that highlight the house and collection’s history.

Hampton History Museum. You can view the collections online.

Hillwood Museum This site offers a virtual tour, videos, and workshops.

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley You may browse the collections online.

National Museum of American History This site offers teacher resources, activities for kids, and online exhibitions.

National Museum of the American Indian This site offers exhibitions, activities, and resources.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

Red Hill The website contains many learning videos.

The Valentine View online exhibitions and resources.

Virginia Museum of History and Culture This site offers lectures, tours, webinars, and more.

Science

Gardens and Nature

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
This website offers virtual tours, audio tours, gardening tips, and activities for kids.

Maymont
View the live stream farm cam and virtual tours.

National Parks
Check out the Hidden Worlds of the National Parks on Google Arts & Culture

Ocean Portal
View live ocean cams.

General Science

Koshland Science Museum
This site offers exhibits and interactive activities.

Nauticus
View “Virtual Adventures” weekdays at 11 a.m.

Science Museum of Virginia

Smithsonian Museums
View the YouTube show “The Doctor is In.”

Caverns

Luray Caverns
You can view a short 360-degree video tour.

Animals

The National Zoo
The website includes a virtual tour and lots of educational activities.

Virginia Aquarium
Get educational pages and activities for children. Aslo, follow them on Facebook or Instagram for live videos.

Virginia Living Museum
VLM offers multiple videos daily.

Virginia Zoo
Follow the zoo on Facebook and join in every day at 2:00pm for Virtual Voyage; visit the website for the augmented reality tour and activity sheets.

Wildlife Center of VA
Check out live critter cams and eagle tracking.

Machines and Technology

Simple Machines
View a video by the Air and Space Museum and Colvin Run Mill.

Arts

American Shakespeare Center
ASC is now streaming several shows. Tickets are required.

Chrysler Museum of Art

Kennedy Center
This site offers new videos daily.

National Gallery of Art

National Museum of African Art – virtual visits and at-home activities

National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Portrait Gallery

Taubman Museum of Art
This site offers all sorts of virtual classes and tours.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond
This site has a number of at-home art and writing projects for kids.

General

Amazement Square
This site has videos for young children.

Billy Graham Library
Get lesson plans and videos here.

Children’s Museum of Richmond
This site offers videos and activities

Hollywood Cemetery

Library of Congress
View videos with authors.

Museum of the Bible
This site offers daily episodes with the Lonesome Curator.

National Archives

National Museum of Natural History
Offers virtual tours, “Written in Bone,” and “Science How.”

National Postal Museum

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Smithsonian Open Access
This site offers images and 3D digital models.

Spy Museum
This is an awesome site with virtual field trips, lesson plans, and reading lists.

US Capitol
The site offers virtual exhibits, lesson plans, and activities.

Go Abroad

Even when there isn’t a pandemic, many of us may never make it to these treasures around the world–but we CAN experience them online!

British Museum (London)

The Louvre

Musee d’Orsay (Paris)

Musee de Arte de Sao Paulo (Brazil)

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul)

Paris Musees

Uffizi Gallery (Italy)

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)