Virtual Field Trips

Use the time you’re stuck at home to visit somewhere new… remotely!

Trips will be added throughout the school closure, so check back periodically to see what’s new.

Each location will have a description, as well as how to navigate the site. If a word or place is in bold, it’s a link!


Museums

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Description: Explore the different natural history exhibits at this D.C. institution. Walk through the museum step-by-step or view the top experiences of both past and present here.

How to Navigate: Drag the screen to look around, then click the arrows to change between rooms. Change the floor that you’re on by selecting an option in the top right corner.


Van Gogh Museum of Art

Description: Get up close to the art at this Amsterdam museum. Choose between walking through the galleries with the “Museum View” option or get more information on an individual piece by clicking on the items in the collection.

How to Navigate: Click and drag the mouse to look around the gallery, or click once to move in that direction. To get a head-on view of the art, look through the images on the bottom of the pane. You can switch between floors by selecting a level on the top right corner.


National Museum of the United States Air Force

Description: Tour the world’s largest military aviation museum, featuring exhibits on the history of the branch as well as the planes they have used.

How to Navigate: For the virtual tour, select which exhibit to start in by clicking one of the arrows. From there, click and drag the mouse to look around, or click once to move in that direction. For the 360 cockpit tour, select which aircraft you would like to explore, then do the same. You can change your location in the craft by clicking on the grid button. If you have a VR headset, there is a mask option on the toolbar to toggle the view to fit your device.


Historical Sites

Winchester Mystery House

Description: The Winchester Mystery House, in San Jose, California, is know for its many maze-like rooms, hallways, and staircases–some which lead to nowhere. It was built in 1884 by Sarah Winchester, who added to the home until her death in 1922. She believed that she was haunted by spirits and had to continuously renovate the house to appease them.

How to Navigate: Scroll down on the page to watch a 40-minute video tour of the house. Unfortunately, closed captions are not available.


Ellis Island

Description: This 30-minute video explores the history of the former immigration center and the people who worked and passed through there, all through a conversation with current staff members. There is additional information available about the island in the top navigation bar.

How to Navigate: Just click play! Unfortunately, closed captioning is not available for this video. Click the “Explore Ellis Island” tab to continue with an interactive tour that provides additional articles, photographs, and audio recordings.


Pompei

Description: Walk through the excavated ruins of Pompei with Google Street View.

How to Navigate: Click and drag to get a 360 view of the site, then click once in any direction to move. If you would like to change between locations, the map in the bottom left corner lets you quickly travel between landmarks.


The Paris Catacombs

Description: Over 6 million people were buried in this underground tunnel network, and now you can “walk” through it without being surrounded by skeletons! Practice your French by reading some of the informational signs hanging on the walls.

How to Navigate: Although the site is in French, it’s still easy to use! Click the arrows on the bottom pane to change your view of each room, and click the grid icon to change where you are in the necropolis.


Monticello

Description: Check out the different options available to tour Thomas Jefferson’s old home. Choose between two unguided tours (a 360 view and Google View) or drop $10 for a live video tour given 4 times daily.

How to Navigate: For the 360 tour, click and drag the mouse to view the room. Click on the “play”, “i”, and “.” buttons to learn more about an artifact. Change between floors with the window on the top right. For the Google tour, click through the slideshows to read articles about specific rooms and watch the corresponding videos.


Mount Vernon

Description: Thomas Jefferson isn’t the only president whose house you can tour. Learn more about the plantation George Washington owned by “walking” through the house and grounds. This tour is VR compatible, so you can change the display to fit your device.

How to Navigate: Click and drag the mouse to view the scene. Click on the “play” and “.” buttons to learn more about an artifact. Select the “Show Tour Interface” icon on the bottom right corner to be given a menu of different locations to travel to.


Zoos

The San Diego Zoo

Description: Keep up with what the animals at this California zoo are up to by watching any of their live webcams.

How to Navigate: Click on the picture of the animal that you would like to view. If you would like to look at a different habitat, select the “Videos”


The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Description: Watch videos, take quizzes, and enjoy some activities with the Cincinnati Zoo’s Home Safari Series. Catch up with Fiona the hippo and learn more about zoo keeping and animal care and conservation.

How to Navigate: Scroll down and click the “+” button on the animal that you would like to learn more about. Each has a video to watch, a short blurb to read, and an activity to do.


Aquariums

The National Aquarium

Description: Walk through this Baltimore aquarium and learn more about the fish that they house there. While you can’t read the displays, some tanks have “i” buttons that will give more information on the fish in that habitat.

How to Navigate: Click and drag on the image to look around, or use the arrows on the bottom navigation bar. Select “Explore Scenes” or “View Map” to change locations quickly.


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Description: Watch live webcams of the habitats in and around the California aquarium. Check in with otters, jellyfish, and sharks, or survey the bay to see if you can find any other wildlife native to the area.

How to Navigate: Select the cam that you would like to watch, then make the window full screen to see the entire view. If you would like to learn more about the animal featured, scroll down for articles and related videos. Click on the “Live Tabs” link on the top of the page to pick a different camera.


National Parks

Yellowstone National Park

Description: See a mud volcano, watch a geyser erupt, and explore the hot springs from states away.

How to Navigate: There are multiple virtual tours on this web page. You can either click on a location pinned on the map to walk through the different sites, or you can click on the tabs to read about the different attractions there.


Kenai Fjords National Park

Description: Watch a short video before you explore this Alaskan park filled with glaciers, fjords, and icebergs. This self-guided tour is accompanied by a recorded guide, and closed captioning is available.

How to Navigate: Click and drag for a 360 view of each location, then click on the pinpoint to move between sites. Be careful not to accidentally switch between parks with the grid icon on the bottom (unless you want to!)


Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Description: Similar to the Kenai National Park virtual experience, there is a short overview video before you explore this volcanic landmark. Listen along with a park ranger (with closed captioning available) as you explore lava tubes, caverns, and cliffs.

How to Navigate: Click and drag for a 360 view of each location, then click on the pinpoint to move between sites. Be careful not to accidentally switch between parks with the grid icon on the bottom (unless you want to!)


Dry Tortugas National Park

Description: This mostly underwater National Park lets you “swim” through coral reefs and explore a shipwreck off the coast of Florida. An audio recording of a park ranger (with closed captioning available) lets you listen along while you poke around. There is also a video tour available for Fort Jefferson.

How to Navigate: Click and drag for a 360 view of each location, then click on the pinpoint to move between sites. Be careful not to accidentally switch between parks with the grid icon on the bottom (unless you want to!). Don’t forget to look up in order to continue your journey on land.


Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Description: Experience life as a bat in this cavernous National Park. Watch video tours of cave explorations, see 3-D models of bats in flight, and peep the numerous stalagmite and stalactite formations. As with the other Google Park options, an audio recording of a guide is available with closed captioning.

How to Navigate: Click and drag for a 360 view of each location, then click on the pinpoint to move between sites. For this park, you have to pick “Fly With Thousands of Bats” to move past the first location. Be careful not to accidentally switch between parks with the grid icon on the bottom (unless you want to!).


Do you know of a great field trip that you don’t see here? Email Ms. Romag at lromag@arrsd.org

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