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 or the virtual field trips on Wide Open School.

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Civilisations AR

age 8+

Diverse AR collection brings the art museum home.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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Getty.edu/gettygames

age 8+

A beautiful union of art and games.

URL: http://www.getty.edu/gettygames (2008)
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Smithsonian Education Students

age 8+

Kid-friendly access to a wide range of museum resources.

URL: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/students (2011)
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California Academy of Sciences

age 10+

Site brings the science museum experience into kids' homes.

URL: http://www.calacademy.org/explore-science (2013)
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Exploratorium

age 10+

Captivating site on everyday (and advanced) science topics.

URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/ (2011)
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Google Art Project

age 12+

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

age 12+

Fun selfie feature and treasure trove of information.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Museum Box

age 12+

Curate collections, history with nifty archive tool.

URL: http://museumbox.e2bn.org/ (2013)
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

age 13+

Stellar history resource offers great primary source access.

URL: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/ (2015)
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Smarthistory

age 13+

Multimedia presentation makes art history come to life.

URL: https://smarthistory.org/ (2012)