Cool Online Museums for Curious Kids

Going to a museum can be an amazing learning experience, but why limit yourself to the few museums in your area? With these apps, games, and websites, kids can engage with interactive experiences from some of the best museums all over the world. From finding their classic art twin on Google Arts & Culture to playing dinosaur trivia from the American Museum of Natural History, kids can find tons of hidden gems on this list. If you need a fun way to spend a rainy day or a school break, try one of these great digital offerings. For more fun ways to learn, check out our list of Games That Teach History.

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Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collection App Poster Image
Beautiful and informative dinosaur museum database.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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Getty.edu/gettygames Website Poster Image
A beautiful union of art and games.
URL: http://www.getty.edu/gettygames
(2008)
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Meet Me at Midnight Website Poster Image
Fascinating game teaches kids about art.
URL: http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/midnight/default_flash.html
(2006)
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Smithsonian Education Students Website Poster Image
Kid-friendly access to a wide range of museum resources.
URL: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/students
(2011)
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Living Paintings: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum App Poster Image
Interact with works of fine art in fun, creative ways.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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California Academy of Sciences Website Poster Image
Site brings the science museum experience into kids' homes.
URL: http://www.calacademy.org/explore-science
(2013)
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Exploratorium Website Poster Image
Captivating site on everyday (and advanced) science topics.
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/
(2011)
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Newseum Website Poster Image
Sample the D.C. museum's mix of media coverage and history.
URL: http://www.newseum.org
(2014)
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Google Art Project Website Poster Image
Vast collection of global art brings the museums to you.
URL: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/art-project
(2013)
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Google Arts & Culture App Poster Image
Fun selfie feature and treasure trove of information.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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Museum Box Website Poster Image
Curate collections, history with nifty archive tool.
URL: http://museumbox.e2bn.org/
(2013)
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Da Vinci HD App Poster Image
Virtual museum of Da Vinci's complete works.
Devices: iPad
(2010)
(2010)
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Website Poster Image
Stellar history resource offers great primary source access.
URL: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/
(2015)
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Smarthistory Website Poster Image
Multimedia presentation makes art history come to life.
URL: https://smarthistory.org/
(2012)
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