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Revealed: The world’s best virtual school trips

School trips cancelled? Think again. Thanks to technology, it’s now possible for kids to visit all kinds of museums, aquariums and castles direct from the comfort of their own living room. 

The team at Uswitch have compiled a list of the best virtual school trips and categorised them into subjects. From art to history, here are the most educational virtual tours to take when you can’t go outdoors.  

Best virtual tours for budding scientists

From NASA research centres to United Airforce museums, you can keep budding scientists happy with tours of the most famous museums and research centres around the world. 

Go back in time and experience history with these virtual tours

The ultimate list of historical buildings, ancient artefacts, religious artefacts, castles and government buildings that offer virtual tours that you can take right in the comfort of your own home. 

  • Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

    • Hagia Sophia is the former Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, later an Ottoman imperial mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Take a virtual tour around the Cathedral and explore its beautiful architecture.

  • The White House, Washington D.C, USA

    • From the Ground Floor Corridor rooms, transformed from their early use as service areas, to the State Floor rooms, where countless leaders and dignitaries have been entertained, take a virtual tour of the famous building. 

  • Athens Acropolis, Greece

    • The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel (little city) located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. 

Visit the seven wonders right from your living room

From the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal, these historical man-made sites will have fuelled wanderlust for many travellers. Here’s how you can visit them all in an afternoon. 

1. Great Wall of China, near Beijing, China

This Virtual Tour provided by The China Guide allows you to ‘walk’ along the wall with just a click of your mouse. 

2. Petra, Jordan

Leave your passport at home and grab your headphones to be immersed in this stunning city steeped in history and impressive architecture. 

3. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Skip the crowds and take a virtual tour on YouTube - this hour-long walking tour of the Colosseum is filmed in pin-sharp 4K, immersing you into the action.  

4. Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico

Attracting more than 900,000 visitors each year, Chichén Itzá continues to be a historical wonder that is popular with tourists. Situated just 2 hours from tourist hot-spot Cancun, it’s a popular cultural excursion for many visiting Mexico.

5. Machu Picchu, Cusco Region, Peru

This virtual tour comes complete with a voiceover, educating and entertaining as you take in the spectacular scenery of Maccu PIcchu.  

6. Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Go behind the scenes of India’s Crown Jewel with this virtual tour from Google. 

7. Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

To reach the statue on foot, you’d scale around 200 steps, but you don’t need to with this virtual tour of the statue. This 360-view includes a guided tour with some interesting facts about the origins and construction.  

World-class museums you can visit online

  • The Louvre

    • Explore Egyptian antiquities and step back in time to view the remains of the Louvre’s Moat in these comprehensive virtual tours. 

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    • This online collection features more than 1,700 artworks from over 600 artists. This is a searchable database, so if there’s a particular piece you’d like to see you can search by name. 

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

    • Explore nature from your living room with these high quality virtual tours. Use your mouse to navigate each room in the museum and click the camera icon for an up-close view of exhibits on display. 

  • Van Gogh Museum

    • Part of Google’s Art and Culture Network, the tour takes you through the Van Gogh Museum allowing you to view the artworks up close. 

  • Getty Museum

    • Available through Google’s Arts & Culture programme, the Getty Museum is home to an eclectic range of impressive artworks and photography. 

  • The Vatican Museum

    • The Vatican Museum website contains seven virtual tours, which includes a 360 view of the famous Sistine Chapel. 

  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

    • Rather than a 360 tour, the multimedia section of the Thyssen-Bornemisza features short videos that delve behind the scenes.  

Bring the zoo to you with these 3 virtual classrooms

With just a click of a mouse, you can visit some of the world’s best zoos for free. Many of these virtual school trips have educational resources such as worksheets and tasks, perfect for keeping the kids busy when they are stuck indoors. 

San Diego Zoo Live Cams

Watch and Learn: Their dedicated educational site contains pre-recorded videos of the animals alongside extensive craft tutorials, downloadable colouring sheets and recipes, perfect for keeping them busy.

Chester Zoo Learning Resources

If the school trip can’t go to the zoo, bring the school trip to your kitchen table with these learning resources which can be filtered by educational stage, subject and topic. There’s something for every age to be getting along with if they are stuck inside. 

  • Downloadable Masks 

    • For tiny tots aged between 3-5 there are downloadable animal masks, perfect for colouring in and wearing on a Facetime call with family to show off their artwork. 

  • Animal Fact Files

    • For kids aged 7+ take a look at these animal fact files. Ask them to pick out facts about each animal and write a paragraph to explain more about the specific species. 

5 virtual tours for when you just need to relax

During this stressful time it is important to safeguard your emotional and mental wellbeing whilst spending a lot of time indoors. 

Many aquariums, parks and tourist attractions around the world are offering virtual tours for free to help people stay curious and occupied.

1. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland 

Relax during golden hour by viewing the sunset off the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. You can take a virtual tour of the famous Irish geological landmark on the Cliffs of Moher website.

2. The National Aquarium, Baltimore  

The National Aquarium strives to enhance ocean and climate literacy for everyone, drawing from environmental justice principles in their ongoing work around climate change. 

3. National Parks, USA

Discover the hidden worlds of the National Parks with a virtual tour that explores five of America’s most beautiful parks. From Kenai Fjords in Alaska to Dry Tortugas in Florida, these virtual tours will transport you to another world. 

4. Georgia Aquarium, Georgia 

Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium's live cam. With lots of different live webcams from the Georgia Aquarium such as a Jelly webcam, African Penguin, Beluga Whale, Ocean Voyager, Piranha, Otter, Underwater Puffin and Sea Lion. You’ll have plenty of relaxation time to sit and watch all the interesting animals at this aquarium. 

5. New England Aquarium, Boston

Join New England Aquarium for live presentations, new videos and activities that you can get involved in from home. Their daily presentations are posted every day at 11am. Watch as they feed the penguins and octopus and all the other animals that the aquarium has to offer, and unwind with the live stream from inside the giant ocean tank exhibit. 

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