In light of the closures of museums, stadiums and generally all the places we know and love, Arcadia News has curated a list of sites that are offering virtual tours. Families can explore all over Arizona and even the world – right from their living rooms. Here is a list of places people can “visit”.
Arizona Science Center
The Arizona Science Center is sharing resources to guide folks through COVID-19 via their resource channel. Guests can also check their Facebook and Instagram pages for videos on tips and tricks to maintain health and wellness, plus storytime, arts and crafts projects, experiments for kid-friendly science at home and critter videos. For more: azscience.org/online-learning/students.
Located in Oracle, Biosphere 2 is a large-scale experiment that houses seven model ecosystems where scientists conduct active research. The Biosphere 2 Virtual Tour uses Google’s Street View technology. Guests can navigate by clicking and/or dragging their mouse on various parts of the photos to visit different areas. For more:
Butterfly Wonderland Adventure virtual tour
Butterfly Wonderland has a digital series that features educational programming along with photos and videos of the attraction’s butterflies, plus the insects and remarkable reptiles that call this habitat home. Guests can see the animals on the Rainforest Adventure homepage, Facebook or Instagram.
For more: tinyurl.com/y7al5abt.
Virtual tours include South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Trail, as well as a rafting adventure down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon, from Lee’s Ferry to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area. For more:
Hall of Flame Fire Museum
The Hall of Flame is home to 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus from 1725 to 1969 – including parts from England, France, Austria, Germany and Japan. Guests can take a look inside the galleries, watch storytime and interviews from scholarly sources. For more: hallofflame.org.
Herberger Theater Center
The Herberger created virtual tours of the current exhibits on display in their art gallery, including “In Celebration of Women”, featuring the work of 30 Arizona female artists, and “Candid”, featuring the work of 16 Arizona artists. For more: herbergertheater.org/art-gallery.
The Lowell Observatory, located in Flagstaff, launched a series of live streaming videos via YouTube, such as “Meet an Astronomer,” “Cosmic Coffee” and “Interactive Stargazing.” Past episodes are available as well. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for photos and other content. For more: lowell.edu.
This five-story cliff dwelling is located in Camp Verde. The virtual tour offers a glimpse into the Sinagua culture, 600 years after they departed. For more: tinyurl.com/y9nxsyvy.
Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum is home to more than 7,000 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories. Using Google Street, guests can wander into different regions across the globe through displays that showcase everything from the instruments of a band to the orchestra of an opera. MIM also posts videos on YouTube and through social media – plus fun kids activities. For more: mim.org.
The aquarium is home to more than 6,000 animals. Guests can take an underwater adventure in the virtual classroom, which offers coloring, crafts and recipes. There’s also a live shark cam, live Q&A sessions and photos and videos of the animals. For more: tinyurl.com/ybmq2t5u.
Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum offers biographies, histories and virtual tours and talks. They will be increasing digital content on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter pages as well as an e-newsletter that will be up and running soon. For more: phxart.org/art.
The Phoenix Zoo launched Digital Safari, where anyone can stay connected with videos, virtual safaris, blogs, live educational programming, behind-the-scenes caretaking, in-depth stories about the zoo and its residents, photos, animal facts and daily activities. For more: phoenixzoo.org/digital-safari.
Take a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, and learn how his surroundings inspired the architect. You will be able to see the rooms, gardens
and walkways. For more:
This outdoor memorial outlines the USS Arizona with more than 1,500 commemorative columns that illuminate it. The memorial honors the individuals that served aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. A video and two-part podcast that details the efforts that led up to the unveiling is also available. For more: tinyurl.com/ybjfeq35.
Outside of AZ
Here are places beyond Arizona that are offering digital tours.
San Diego Zoo:
Winchester Mystery House: winchestermysteryhouse.com
The Great Wall of China:
Yellowstone National Park:
Walt Disney World:
Art Museums around the world:
The NASA website offers a wealth of information including e-books, virtual tours of the Aircraft Aeronautics and the Hubble Space Telescope, plus podcasts and activities for kids and families. There’s also the Scientist at Home section, where folks have the opportunity to become citizen scientists and contribute to ongoing research.
For more: nasa.gov/specials/nasaathome.