There is nothing like “being there” but when taking 200+ students is not an option, why not take a virtual trip instead. Search for virtual or digitized collections.
Find your own educational get-away–possibly national parks or international landmarks. Listed below are museums for a start:
American Museum of Natural History
Art Institute of Chicago
Centennial of Flight
Franklin Institute – Long renowned for its wonderful “hands on” science exhibits, the Franklin Institute is leading the pack of virtual museums with multimedia and superb online resources.
Google Art Project – many collections
Museum of Science, Boston
Minnesota Institute of the Arts
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul
Museum of Moden Art
The National Gallery of Art is in the process of digitizing and sharing its collection with powerful search engines and dramatic visuals. This is one of the very best!
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Palaeolithic painted cave at Vallon – Pont-d’Arc. Startling and dramatic images from the recently discovered cave. Brilliant photographs. Excellent text.
Ontario Science Center
Paleontology (California Museum UC Berkeley)
Sistine Chapel – 360 view
Smithsonian – This site leads you to some very good national collections.
The Thinker – Of all the large national museums, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have been the most generous in sharing their collections. Instead of a few dozen pictures intended to lure you into their museum, this site offers 60,000 images which are word searchable. A great site!
United States Holocaust Museum
Virtual Museums worldwide
WebMuseum – An extensive collection with hundreds of excellent paintings along with quite interesting biographical and interpretive sketches.
Whitney Museum of American Art