Washington, DC is home to 81 museums, 17 of which are Smithsonian museums under what is called the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian museums are museums named after their founding donor, British Scientist, James Smithson. These museums are exciting and take around a day to visit each one. However, if you do not have that much time to spare or are unable to physically visit these museums, here are some museums that you can tour online.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of these museums are simply closed or operating at a limited capacity, so, if you can’t catch the exhibits in person, you can certainly catch some of them virtually. Here is a list of some of the museums offering virtual tours.
- The Phillips Collection – The Riffs and Relations exhibit in The Phillips collection is available online on their YouTube channel. This exhibit has been published on YouTube to let people engage and view the exhibits. If you’re interested in taking a look at The Phillips Collection and their array of artworks, you can check it out here.
- National Geographic Museum – If you like their TV programs, then you’ll certainly enjoy this exhibit. National Geographic Museum offers the Becoming Jane exhibit that tells the story of Dr. Jane Goodall, a primatologist. This exhibit is available with 360-degree videos to completely immerse yourself in the experience. You can find this exhibit here.
- National Archives – While the national archives do not offer classic virtual tours, a lot of their information has been saved and stored online for whoever wants to visit. If you are interested in any of their files or documents, you can access them here at no cost to you.
- Museum of the Bible – If you’re interested in learning about the history behind the Bible, seeing copies of the first printed Bible as well as old scrolls, Museum of the Bible offers virtual tours as well as a video series and a podcast for viewers to watch, interact and engage with. You can find the virtual tour here, their video-series here, and their podcast here. With the virtual tour, you’re able to get closer than ever to these priceless artifacts.
- Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – If you’re interested in taking a virtual tour of the museum larger than 18 football fields, then keep reading. The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History contains specimens of plants, fossils, animals, rocks, minerals, meteorites, human remains, and cultural artifacts. This museum contains the largest natural history collection on the planet. If you’re interested in touring the history of the world then click here.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture – This museum contains vital information on African American history and culture. If you’re interested in browsing through their carefully selected and planned exhibits, click here.
- National Portrait Gallery – The Natural Portrait Gallery tells the history of the nation through portraits of the people who defined the course of history. If you’re interested in seeing this, click here.