In response to COVID-19, many museums across Ohio are offering virtual programming through online education activities, tours and live-stream events that can be enjoyed outside of museum walls. See below for a list of Ohio museums with online programs available.
Be sure to check in with your favorite museums' social media channels as well to get all the latest info, updates and fun posts!
Please note: This list is updated as OMA receives new information. Please contact OMA at [email protected] if your museum has activities or resources you would like to share.
See the listing under Tuscarawas County museum collaboration.
Akron Art Museum is offering a virtual tour through their special exhibit “Elias Sime: Tightrope.” The museum is also sharing fun art projects and other activities to #MuseumfromHome through their social media feeds. Learn more here.
Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College has several resources to help the public #museumfromhome, including an online collection and access to educational resources for a variety of ages and learning levels. They are also featuring a series on Instagram and Facebook called H2O: Health + Healing Online. Learn more here.
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve will be hosting a virtual reception for their 2020 Annual Members Exhibition. The event will be streamed live on Facebook and Instagram at 6pm on Friday, March 27th. Learn more here.
Art Possible Ohio is hosting their Accessible Expressions Ohio 2020 as an online exhibition. Every day at 9:05 am, Art Possible will share on Instagram an artwork by an Ohio artist featured in this year’s show. Learn more here.
The Baseball Heritage Museum is offering daily content on their facebook and instagram pages, including activities sheets, virtual scavenger hunts baseball movie quizzes, user memory shares and more. Learn more here.
See the listing under Stark County and Tuscarawas County museums.
The Children’s Museum Cleveland is offering virtual story time, online crafts and activities, movement and other online education programs. Learn more here.
The Cincinnati Museum Center's Wonder Zone online videos features at-home science experiments, and the "Off the Shelf" curator blog series offers both behind-the-scenes looks into the museum and stories beyond the museum walls. CMC also has early childhood activities available on their facebook page. Learn more here.
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is launching weekday Virtual Classroom on Facebook Live starting at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. daily, Metroparks naturalists will hold virtual explorations with new animals and adventures each day. Learn more here.
Cleveland Hungarian Museum has several virtual tours and lectures available on their YouTube channel. The museum also has a completely interactive “Discover Hungarian Porcelain” experience. Learn more here.
The Cleveland Museum of Art has much of the museum’s collection available through their Online Collection, and through their ArtLens App, including hi-res artworks, videos, metadata, and more. The museum’s digital archives also includes audio and visual recordings of past museum programs and events, oral histories, preliminary drawings, renderings, and works of art by artists represented in the museum collection. The "Home Is Where the Art Is" series on YouTube shares the insights of the CMA's curators on current exhibitions, as well as programs that had been scheduled during March. Learn more here.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has a Career Programs Archive, featuring 30-minute interviews with real working scientists. Learn more here.
COSI’s digital resource center, COSI Connects, is delivering fresh, exciting and engaging science daily through COSI videos and hands-on science you can try with your family at home. Learn more here.
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio is offering several resources to experience "DACO at home," including virtual tours, projects from the museum's teaching artists, videos and more. Learn more here.
See the listing under Stark County and Tuscarawas County museums.
See additional listing under Tuscarawas County museum collaboration.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center and Money Museum is offering interactive activities including finance, economic and Fed-themed online lessons. Learn more here.
The Great Lakes Science Center has launched a YouTube series called Curiosity Corner LIVE, 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. GLSC is also posting daily content for families and educators to use from home. Learn more here.
The Gund Gallery is offering a range of new ways to engage with the Gallery online. A new participatory exhibition do it (home), a follow-up to the 2013 exhibitions do it, invites users to create artworks at home and share them on social media. A virtual exhibition and video guided tour are available for our AIDS Memorial Quilt installation that would have opened to the public in March. You can also find video interviews, Zoom backgrounds, and more. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest.
The Hancock Historical Museum is offering virtual lectures, tours, kids activities, puzzles and other games, coloring books and other downloadable content. Their facebook and Instagram pages also feature “Ask the Curator” posts, #WhatIsIt historical object posts on Mondays, #TriviaTuesday questions, and #MuseumMomentofZen of Fridays. Learn more here.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House has created a house tour video series and is continuing literature discussion groups online. Visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House Community Connection group on Facebook for daily links to docent blog posts and videos.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums buildings are closed, but the Spiegel Grove grounds remain open. Other online activities are also available and is being updated. Learn more here.
The Imagination Station is offering Stay at Home Science experiments, live virtual workshops, and other resources to keep kids and family learning from the comfort of their homes. Learn more here.
Kelleys Island Historical Association has a list of online tours available. Learn more here.
The Kennedy Museum of Art is offering their Art Encounters studio activities as a do-at-home activity. Learn more here. Kennedy Museum of Art encourages engagement at home in one of their most memorable studio projects, the @HOME Studio Project: Door Collage. The museum has a virtual tour of the exhibitions Pattern and Disruption: Dine Lifeways and Embedded Mathematics (Learn more here) and Janus: There's More to What You See (Learn more here.) The OHIO Museum Complex Virtual Museum Portal is also available.
The University of Findlay's Mazza Museum is offering Virtual Storytime videos, every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. The morning story will be fun and upbeat and the evening story will help viewers wind down for the night. Learn more here.
moCa Cleveland is offering a new live art making series, titled "15 minutes of..." Watch live every Wednesday at 6 pm as Cleveland-area creators make a brand new work of art. In addition, moCa has new ways to take an online art break every day with projects and ideas to help you create and connect and daily social media updates. Learn more here.
The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center has several digital offerings available, including virtual museum tours, live-streams, survivor testimonies, virtual book clubs and more. Learn more here.
The National Museum of the Great Lakes has a virtual spin tour of the museum, available here. The museum has also published the online exhibit, Port of Toledo: Then and Now. This exhibit is updated every two weeks. Learn more here.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is offering several online opportunities, including a virtual tour of the entire museum, lesson plans, word searches, coloring sheets and other at-home activities, and videos including first-hand accounts from veterans who served on missions from several eras. Learn more here.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has many online learning resources, including lesson plans, activities and online exhibits. Learn more here.
The Ohio Art Council's Riffe Gallery has an extensive offering of virtual art experiences, including the Ohio Diaspora virtual exhibition. Learn more here.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum will hold a virtual Art & Earth Day celebration, April 25. This event will combine Arbor Day, Earth Day and International Sculpture Day and will include interactive celebrations like a free yoga class, and arts and sustainability craft Happy Hour, and virtual tours of the park and museum. Learn more here.
See the listing under Tuscarawas County museum collaboration. The Reeves Museum tour guides are working to have a tour of the home, via video and photographs, available on Facebook. The museum will showcase 2-3 rooms per week. Learn more here.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is encouraging parents and teachers to visit Rock Hall EDU (edu.rockhall.com), the Rock Hall’s new digital learning platform, to create a free account and access professionally developed lesson plans, activities, presentations, videos, playlists and digitized primary source materials from the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives. Rock Hall resources meet national and state learning standards in a variety of subject areas, including music, social studies, English and more. Learn more here.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens will be posting engaging digital content through #VisitFromHome including a weekly updated interactive Google Map tour, "behind the scenes" videos of the Manor House and Q&A sessions with curatorial and horticulture staff. Also available are award-winning online education resources "Meet the Staff," "Preserving the Past" and "Lost Voices of the Great War," which include lesson plans, activities, labs and streaming video accessible anywhere, anytime. All Stan Hywet educational resources meet state learning standards in a variety of subject areas, including social studies, English language arts, and STEM.
(Canton Museum of Art, Dennison Depot Railroad Museum, McKinley Museum and Presidential Library, Massillon Museum, National First Ladies Library and Pro Football Hall of Fame)
Stark and Tuscarawas County museums have organized to release daily content, Monday-Saturday at noon each day. Visit the Facebook pages of the McKinley Museum and Presidential Library, Massillon Museum, Canton Museum of Art, National First Ladies Library, Pro-Football Hall of Fame, and Dennison Depot Railroad Museum to learn more.
The Taft Museum of Art has several virtual offerings available, including "Family Fundays" activities, Virtual Studios, trivia and other programming. Learn more here.
(Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum, Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, Fort Laurens Museum, Historic Schoenbrunn Village, Historic Zoar Village, Museum of Clay Industry and Folk Art, Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum, Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau)
Seven historic sites in Tuscarawas County and the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau are working collaboratively to offer virtual visits Mondays through Fridays at 10 a.m. through the organizations’ Facebook pages. Visit the Facebook pages of Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum, Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, Fort Laurens Museum, Historic Schoenbrunn Village, Historic Zoar Village, Museum of Clay Industry and Folk Art, and Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum to learn more.
The Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum offers three virtual tours via their free app. There grounds are also open for visitors to talk and explore. Learn more here.
The Western Reserve Historical Society has created a digital resources page that provides access to history content, digital learning, and social engagement. This content will be updated regularly. Learn more here.
The Weston Art Gallery has released a virtual tour of their recent exhibit, Todd Pavlisko: Pop Supernatural. See the tour here.
Discover livestreams, podcasts, essays, videos, educational opportunities for families, and more at www.wexarts.org.
The Wood County Museum now offers three exhibits and a “non-driving” tour of Wood County as virtual tour experiences: A Clean Bill of Health: Societal Response to Disease (hand-washing and social distancing of the last hundred years); Utopia: A Visual Storytelling of Our Home (a tribute to the Wood County Bicentennial); Chasing the White Rabbit: An Historical Look at American Mental Illness; and Wood County (non) Driving Tour (audio). The Wood County Museum also has daily content on their Facebook and Instagram pages. Learn more here.