Explore Museums and Activities Around the World

Pitt Rivers Museum Image: V21 Artspace (MCM website)

We-Ha.com will be suggesting some fun activities and hosting contests for West Hartford children and families over the next several weeks.

By We-Ha.com staff

The world has certainly changed in the course of a few short weeks. 

We-Ha is doing its part to keep people informed during this COVID-19 pandemic, and while there are not any activities physically happening in town, one fun activity that families can do – especially while students are taking a break from distance learning next week – is explore a new or favorite museum.

Almost all museums and tourist sites are closed and we are asked to stay at home, but in this digital age and now more than ever we can still see and learn about the collections of many museums large or small all over the world. Over the years many museums have made their collections accessible online and that investment is especially valuable now in our current situation.

If you know what you want to see, you can Google a favorite museum and go directly to their website, but if you want to explore, a good place to start is: “The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections” at http://mcn.edu/a-guide-to-virtual-museum-resources/

The site is not as extensive as the name suggests, but it does list 300 major and minor art museums, history museums, national parks, and a special section for children. You will find a wide, often surprising, variety.  Some sites offer well-produced video tours of the museum or a collection. Others provide slide shows with text you can read.

Very valuable are sites you would never think to search for. One surprise was, “Open Culture,“ which among its many offerings provides downloadable coloring books from 113 museums. “Past Perfect” is a list of small museums by state.

Any link can lead to a delight and an exploration from within your home into a whole new world … so explore, and have fun!

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