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Posted on: April 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Free & educational things to do at home

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. 

Michigan fun:

The DIA: Curator talks, film screenings, activities to do at home with your kids, and more
The Henry Ford Museum: Inspirational stories from some of our country’s most famous innovators, virtual tours, and more
University of Michigan: Ann Arbor Natural History Museum: Explore exhibits and enjoy behind-the-scenes images
The Arab American National Museum: Exhibits, open Mic nights, Instagram takeovers, film series, crafts, and more
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant: Virtual Tours

Fun around the Country:

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 collection
The 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 more
The Art institute of Chicago: Virtual Tour of an El Greco exhibit at The Louvre
The Museum of Latin American Art: Tour the current collections and exhibits, view videos of past exhibits, activities for kids, and more
The Chicago Museum of Science and technology: Hands on science projects and games
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland: Virtual tours, professionally developed lesson plans, activities and downloadable activity sheets, presentations, videos, playlists, and more
The National Museum of African American History and Culture: Explore exhibits, their online collection, interviews, and past recorded events
Cincinnati Zoo: Goes live on Facebook every day at 3 p.m.
Zoo Atlanta: Panda Cam
Georgia Aquarium: Live animal webcams
Houston Zoo: Live animal webcams
Shedd Aquarium: Behind-the-scenes footage with their residents
San Diego Zoo: Live animal webcams
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Live animal webcams
National Aquarium: Virtual tours
Walt Disney World: 360° tours of the parks
LEGOLand: Virtual tour
Google Earth - National Parks: Virtual tours
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Virtual tours
Langley Research Center: Virtual Tour
Glenn Research Center: Virtual tours, images, and testing in action
Space Center Houston App: Download this app to enjoy free audio tours, selfie filters, augmented reality lite, and more
National Women’s History Museum: Explore their online exhibits as well as a Rosie the Riveter oral history
National Museum of the United States Air Force: Virtual tours
Photos from the Civil Rights Movement from the High Museum of Art
Sophie Taeuber-Arp exhibit from The Museum of Modern Art
Exhibits from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Exhibits from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Exhibits from the J. Paul Getty Museum

Fun around the world:

Google Earth - UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Virtual tours
The Vatican Museums: Virtual tours
The Louvre: Free online tours
Van Gogh Museum: Get up close with his paintings
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: See some of the continent’s most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali’s works
National Museum of Anthropology: Explore pre-Hispanic history by touring mayan artifacts
British 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.

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