** Thank you to MCN for making this extensive “ultimate guide” to virtual resources available free of charge to non-members during this health crisis.**

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

In the blink of an eye, once-crowded museums sit empty. We’re preparing ourselves for social distancing and potential quarantine. This is the time for museum technology to step up and fill the void. The potential of online collections, virtual tours, and social media campaigns have always been there, but now the opportunity for impact is incalculable.

Access to endless open content. Educational resources for e-learning. Virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe. This is the museum technology community’s time to shine!

If you’re a museum tech enthusiast looking to be part of the conversation, join one of MCN’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs). They are currently free for non-members so more can share resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This list will be continually updated with examples of museum and museum-adjacent virtual awesomeness. It is by no means exhaustive. Share more with us at @museumcn on Twitter!

Every resource is free to access and enjoy. 
Much of it, though not all, is also open content, in the sense that it’s freely reusable and re-mixable under Creative Commons licensing.Open content is clearly labeled on its respective website.


Image: V21 Artspace


Art and Culture Museums
History Museums
Natural Science Museums
National Parks

Online Exhibits


Created for Kids


Art and Cultural Collections
Science Collections
  • Naturalis: 40,000,000 natural science collections objects
History Collections


Huge thanks to the many who have written helpful blogs with their favorite museum tech resources. Your contributions are all included here: CuseumMia RidgeJenni Fuchs, and Alicja Peszkowska.


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