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Staying at home may sound great to some, but when boredom kicks in, the fun stops. At this point you have probably watched everything available to you for free on our newest resource Kanopy, listened to the audiobook of Harry Potter more times than you can count on Libby and Hoopla, and have tiny origami dogs covering your house from our Creativebug. And we all know you finished watching Tiger King, as well as the entire True Crime section on Netflix, days ago.
Now, you need the help of your friendly neighborhood librarians! We have scoured the internet to find some fun, interesting, and educational things you can do to help stay sane. With this list including lectures, concerts, projects, and even a tour of Walt Disney World, you will be able to find something for everyone in the family.
The DIA: Curator talks, film screenings, activities to do at home with your kids, and moreThe Henry Ford Museum: Inspirational stories from some of our country’s most famous innovators, virtual tours, and moreUniversity of Michigan: Ann Arbor Natural History Museum: Explore exhibits and enjoy behind-the-scenes imagesThe Arab American National Museum: Exhibits, open Mic nights, Instagram takeovers, film series, crafts, and moreFord Piquette Avenue Plant: Virtual Tours
LACMA : Watch short films, exhibition walkthroughs, and documentaries; listen to curated audio soundtracks, compositions, and live recordings; learn with online courses, lectures, and teaching resources; read articles, interviews, and exhibition catalogues; browse artworks from their permanent collectionThe MET: Virtual tours, kid’s projects, lectures, concerts, interviews and more.San Francisco’s modern art museum: Take a behind-the-scenes look at the museum through videos, Q&As, and moreThe Art institute of Chicago: Virtual Tour of an El Greco exhibit at The LouvreThe Museum of Latin American Art: Tour the current collections and exhibits, view videos of past exhibits, activities for kids, and moreThe Chicago Museum of Science and technology: Hands on science projects and gamesThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland: Virtual tours, professionally developed lesson plans, activities and downloadable activity sheets, presentations, videos, playlists, and moreThe National Museum of African American History and Culture: Explore exhibits, their online collection, interviews, and past recorded eventsCincinnati Zoo: Goes live on Facebook every day at 3 p.m.Zoo Atlanta: Panda CamGeorgia Aquarium: Live animal webcamsHouston Zoo: Live animal webcamsShedd Aquarium: Behind-the-scenes footage with their residentsSan Diego Zoo: Live animal webcamsMonterey Bay Aquarium: Live animal webcamsNational Aquarium: Virtual toursWalt Disney World: 360° tours of the parksLEGOLand: Virtual tourGoogle Earth - National Parks: Virtual toursSmithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Virtual toursLangley Research Center: Virtual TourGlenn Research Center: Virtual tours, images, and testing in actionSpace Center Houston App: Download this app to enjoy free audio tours, selfie filters, augmented reality lite, and moreNational Women’s History Museum: Explore their online exhibits as well as a Rosie the Riveter oral historyNational Museum of the United States Air Force: Virtual toursPhotos from the Civil Rights Movement from the High Museum of ArtSophie Taeuber-Arp exhibit from The Museum of Modern ArtExhibits from the Museum of Fine Arts, BostonExhibits from the Georgia O’Keeffe MuseumExhibits from the J. Paul Getty Museum
Google Earth - UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Virtual toursThe Vatican Museums: Virtual toursThe Louvre: Free online toursVan Gogh Museum: Get up close with his paintingsThyssen-Bornemisza Museum: See some of the continent’s most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali’s worksNational Museum of Anthropology: Explore pre-Hispanic history by touring mayan artifactsBritish Museum, London: A couple of things you can see here are the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies
We would love to know how you decided to use these links and what kind of adventures you were able to go on from your couch.