Museums at home

Enjoy the digital offerings of Canada's museums while you practice social distancing. Below are a list of online resources from Canada’s museums.

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Aga Khan Museum — North America’s only Islamic art museum, warmly welcomes audiences around the world to enter its virtual doors and explore a rich offering of online experiences designed to help people of all ages connect with arts and culture.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre — Digital Agnes is a platform for critical curatorial collaboration and creative research initiatives, embracing virtual exhibitions, digital publications and interactive online experiences. Learn more: https://agnes.queensu.ca/digital-agnes/

Annandale National Historic Site — Invitation to enter the “virtual” Pratt Gallery to experience Hot Off the Presses: A celebration of the 100th Anniversary of The Tillsonburg News. As you wander through the online gallery we encourage you to step back into a time when newspapers were the sole source of local and world news.

Artefacts Canada (Canadian Heritage) — The Artefacts Canada database contains more than 4 million object records and more than 1 million images from Canadian museums.

Art Gallery of Grande Prairie — one-time projects, ongoing art series, and invitations to learn, create and share through the site.

Art Gallery of Guelph — We invite you to #MuseumAtHome and enjoy free digital content! Explore the current exhibitions, Sculpture Park, and permanent art collections online.

Art Gallery of Ontario — Explore stunning gothic boxwood miniature carvings that have captured the imaginations of their owners and viewers for almost 500 years. In The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross we see the Nazi propaganda he was compelled to produce alongside the images of tragedy and resilience he wanted us to know.

Art Museum at the University of Toronto — Introducing Virtual Art Museum! Watch videos of past lectures, artist talks, and panel discussions and explore over 7,000 objects in our permanent collection. New content introduced monthly on Virtual Spotlights.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum / University of British ColumbiaPerspectives on Biodiversity — Sturgeon Harpoon Knowledge Web explores the complex and sophisticated web of knowledge and relationships that surround any one species or belonging, presenting and preserving a significant part of British Columbia’s history and cultural heritage.

Bomber Command Museum of CanadaNew Virtual Walk through, the tour was created by Doug Bowman, BCMC Volunteer Board Member and Photographer. The Matterport Camera was loaned to the museum by EXP Realty Calgary.

Brockville Museum — The Brockville Museum offers a host of digital experiences, including a searchable online collection database, behind-the-scenes videos, virtual exhibits that thematically highlight the collection, and virtual programming. Content can be found on our website, with links to a special digital museum site, our YouTube Channel, and social media platforms.

Bytown Museum — Explore Ottawa’s history from the comfort of your home. View the museum's collections with their comprehensive 3D Virtual Tour, follow along with an Audio Guide available in six languages, and peruse the Bytown Museum’s extensive digitized artifact database.

Cambridge Art Galleries — Offers a weekly “#MuseumFromHome DIY” package that gets posted on our website at: https://ideaexchange.org/art/exhibition/museumfromhome-diy. In addition, the entire fibre art permanent collection is available on our website at: https://ideaexchange.org/art/fibre-art-collection.

Canadian Canoe MuseumCCM From Home, a landing page and hub for all of our activities, videos, and resources that we are sharing to continue inspiring connection, curiosity, and new understandings.

Canadian Centre for the Great War — For public access to exhibitions, catalogues and a blog to experience the collection at a distance.

Canadian Clock Museum — In 2020 celebrating our twenty-first year of telling the story of two centuries of Canadian clocks and helping people with their research.

Canadian Language Museum — Watch our video Two Row Wampum to learn about the challenges of preserving Indigenous languages. Explore all the languages spoken in Canada through our web exhibit Messages from the Mosaic .

Canadian Museum for Human Rights — Virtual Tour of the museum. The Spirit Panel Project : an online exhibition. Online stories. E-learning created for students: Be an Upstander. Launch of a new online feature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, inviting people to share their human rights stories by video: Share Your Story  

Canadian Museum of History — Bringing the museum to the public: Museums at home. Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset makes Canada’s national collection of Inuit prints from Cape Dorset, in Nunavut publicly available for research, scholarship and appreciation.  Explore Alex Janvier's Morning Star - Gambeh Then’

Canadian War Museum —  Bringing the museum to the public: Museums at home. Experience the War of 1812 on-line from the perspective of each of its major participants—Americans, the British, Canadians (including Canadian First Peoples), and Native Americans.

Conception Bay Museum — Explore our large photo, history, and resource archive from Harbour Grace and the surrounding area, including a local World War I database.

Coquitlam Heritage at Mackin House — Online exhibits, virtual programming, a COVID-19 Journal Project, and scheduled virtual tours of the museum.

Culture Online: Visit museums, view live music, watch dance, explore science centres, all from the comfort of your home.

Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum virtual tour of the machine room and more

Dundas Museum and Archives — Explore the Dundas Museum from home with some of our digital resources, education activities, and more! Check back for more interesting and exciting content!

Edmonton Public Schools Archives and MuseumTime Travellers Interactive Tour, travel back in time to experience 1880s lessons in a one-room schoolhouse, activities while on a visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s in the past, and stand in the exact place where Alberta’s first Provincial Parliament was held in 1906 and 1907. Walk Through Interactive Tour, experience our 1912 and 1950s period classrooms and walk through the hallways of historic McKay Avenue School to get a sense of place and history.

Esker Foundation —  Our 'Watch & Listen' digital resources include extensive video and audio of our current and previous exhibitions. For our younger artists and families we have a series of ' Mini Masters at Home' that bring art projects to our audiences, Also we have our youth program, every Saturday we have art project ideas for youth.

Fairfields Heritage House — An impressive 19th century Gothic Revival farm house, Fairfields Heritage House represents the homestead and community building legacy of the Bell family. Originally built on 660 acres of farm land, the museum tells the epic story of almost 200 years of rich, local history and the people who so actively helped shape the evolution of the area. This virtual tour of the museum gives you a 3D look at the Bell family homestead from the comfort of your own home.

Friends of Beaubears Island Inc — preserving, promoting and interpreting the historical and cultural significance of our two national historic sites: Boishebert National Historic Site of Canada and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Site of Canada, J. Leonard O’Brien Memorial.

Gay Lea Dairy Museum —  Link to the website’s activity sheets.

Glenbow Museum — Bringing you the best of Glenbow online through virtual tours, online collections, educational videos, activity ideas, webinars and more.

Governor General, Rideau Hall and the Citadelle in Québec. Link to the resources page: Histories and Collections of the Official Residences.

Ingenium Canada —When you can’t visit our Museums, we bring them to you! Browse online resources like virtual tours, online exhibitions, hands-on experiments, apps, and a digital collection! https://ingeniumcanada.org/online-resources-for-science-at-home.

Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives —  Video entitled “Our Jasper Stories” as well as monthly written articles for the local newspaper on various Jasper Stories.

Kingston City Hall — A virtual tour of one of the finest examples of nineteenth-century architecture in Kingston. This link features educational pdf activities to download for our two museums: MacLachlan Woodworking Museum; and PumpHouse Museum.

Langley Centennial Museum — The Museum’s permanent history gallery and temporary exhibition have been transformed into 360 Virtual Experiences with a VR Goggles option. Additionally Museum staff recently worked with a local group to preserve a community tradition. In order to ensure that a community event that has run for 98 consecutive years could continue, they created a virtual presentation of past annual Fort Langley May Celebrations using collected photos.

Lennox and Addington County Museum & Archives — social media platforms include engaging at home learning programs, an interactive Covid-19 Time Capsule, and links to our online collection and research materials.

Lougheed House national & provincal historic site — Watch the engaging 30-minute panel discussion with Calgary author & historian Harry Sanders about Calgary's experience with the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

ManitobaMuseum@Home — is a virtual museum experience where we share the captivating history of our province, the science that explains our world, and the wonders of the universe. Virtual tours, videos, demonstrations, and activities going straight to the inboxes of our audience.

Maritime Museum of British Columbia — The museum has virtual exhibits, an online gift shop and MMBC Discovers, live virtual programming which includes weekly live tours and learning programs, a monthly virtual trivia night, and video talks from museum volunteers and staff.

McCord Museum — The McCord Museum from home. As Montreal’s social history museum, the McCord Museum invites you to take part in a collaborative photography project called “ Framing Everyday Life: Stories of Confinement.” Participants are asked to document this period of confinement and explore the changes taking place in our relationship with space.

McMaster Museum of Art — Bringing you the best of McMaster Museum of Art online through virtual tours of past and current exhibitions including the current  Deanna Bowen: A Harlem Nocturne, online collections, and a variety of #MMAfromHome educational and entertaining activities

McMichael Canadian Art Collection — The McMichael's EMuseum is an electronic resource that catalogues the McMichael's permanent collection of over 6,500 pieces of Canadian art, while Iningat Ilagiit — meaning “a place for family” offers unique access to over 4000 works created by artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset).

Montreal Holocaust Museum — Three virtual exhibitions: Building New Lives, Holocaust Life Stories and United Against Genocide: Understand, question, prevent. An application for tablet or phones. From the collection: Objects of Interests, a collection of holocaust survivors: Survivor' Stories, the history of the holocaust with interactive maps and timelines.

Musée canadien de l’Arme et du Bronze — has chosen to focus the acquisition of its artifacts around five major main axes: civil and military weapons, paintings, bronze sculptures, coins and stamps. Virtual visit. Stamp collection.

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec — With our virtual tours, experience MNBAQ exhibitions from the comfort of your living room! Enter the sound world of the Museum: the audioguide of the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican modernism as well as the podcast If the works could speak are accessible at all times. Read a little: the Museum offers its five free collections guides - in French and English - in digital format. Discover with your family artistic activities to be carried out at home, designed by the Museum's mediation team. Finally, browse the collection site and find more than 40,000 key works in Quebec's art history.

Museum of Anthropology at UBC — Enjoy #MOAFromHome with a wide array of MOA resources and activities online.

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada — Offering two online programmes: Shift Key presents a changing gallery of video and new media artworks and Viewpoints asks our exhibiting artists to share resources and materials that have been meaningful to their practices.

Museum of Ontario Archaeology — Providing daily live content on our Facebook site, including children's crafts, games, and virtual tours.  links to online exhibits at  Virtual Museum of Canada . Google Cultural Institute .

Niagara Falls Museums — This is the second oral history project by the Niagara Falls Museums. This interview was intended to capture some of the stories of Willoughby & Chippawa, communities within the City of Niagara Falls. To access the entire footage of the interviews (or the written transcription), please contact the Niagara Falls Museums.

Ottawa Museum and Archives Collection —  showcases the combined online collections of the City of Ottawa Archives and the collections from eight Ottawa community museums and members of the Ottawa Museum Network: Bytown Museum, Diefenbunker Museum, Goulbourn Museum, Osgoode Township Museum, Muséoparc Vanier Museopark, Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and Gloucester Collection.

Orillia Museum of Art & History — #omahfromhome digital engagement initiative brings a daily dose of visual art or local history to you.

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives — Numerous ways to celebrate and have some fun from home: Behind-the scenes tours on PAMA’s YouTube channel. PAMA's first virtual exhibition Morphology. Coming in June two new virtual exhibitions.

Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Archaeology and History Complex — A virtual tour. Pointe-à-Callière at home! In addition to a virtual tour of some of its permanent exhibitions, the Museum has a variety of educational and entertaining activities and content available for all ages, with a focus on Montréal history, archaeology, and the temporary exhibition  The Incas, Treasures of Peru.

Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation —  Education Kits Website: an educational resource for teachers and parents as there are lesson plans, activities, images of artifacts, and more!

Royal British Columbia MuseumThe Learning Portal is for learners of all ages but much of it aligns with BC K-12 school curriculum. Designed with a constructivist approach, it is a non-linear, learner-centred, inquiry-based and interactive website. It features images, videos, and many Pathways have educator resources. The RBCM You-Tube Channel offers many different types of videos. The This Week in History series features staff and collections at the museum. They also have expanded their new digital offerings: RBCM @ Home programming.

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum — A variety of digital material available for people to enjoy at home on our website. There you can find activities and 360 degree gallery views as well as our recently launched podcast and online collection.

Royal Ontario Museum — The Royal Ontario Museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects, and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre — free activities, lesson plans, and virtual programs through its Museum Classroom portal and Facebook Live. Two exhibits are now also available online: Victorian Tweets and Coming Home: St. Catharines at the End of WII.

Saint John Jewish Historical Museum — three online exhibits which can be found on the VMC Community Stories website, and on Virtual Museums of Canada.

Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum — Learn From Home programs included on our website related to the Children of Peace, the breakaway sect of Quakers who founded our Site, as well as the early settler experiences in Sharon, Ontario.

Textile Museum of Canada — The Textile Museum of Canada’s collection consists of more than 15,000 objects including a salmon skin suit from China; 2,000 year old Nazca fragments from Peru; and a hooked rug by artist Florence Ryder (Standing Buffalo Reserve, Saskatchewan) that incorporates traditional Sioux designs.

The Reach @ home Gallery Museum — The Reach @ Home brings exhibitions, educational programs, and (safe!) interactive activities right to your living room. New content every week!

The Rooms — You can search The Rooms online database for descriptions of our archival records and to view thousands of digital photographs from your couch.

Theatre Museum Canada — Legend Library series of in-depth interviews with pioneers of Canadian theatre like Christopher Plummer, Martha Henry, Tantoo Cardinal and many others. Free resource for students and theatre makers all over the country./

Thunder Bay Museum — The museum invites you to join our digital experiences on through our website including virtual exhibits, live webinars, and a virtual tour coming soon.

Tom Thomson Art Gallery — Follow the Tom Thomson Art Gallery on facebook as they share their collection, exhibition sneak peaks, and do-at-home activities. @tomthomsonartgallery

Toronto Railway Museum — the online resources include puzzles, printables, online lectures, virtual tours, and more. Be sure to check out our new virtual exhibit, Uncovering Union.

Transcona Museum — Explore the community history of Transcona through virtual exhibits and presentations, online interactives (colouring pages), blog posts, and more.

Two Rivers Gallery — Invites you to explore a variety of online activities, from Sunday Open Studio, to MakerLab, Art Explorations at Home and virtual tours. More online content is added regularly, so check our website, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Vancouver Art Gallery — Art Connects, to encourage dialogue and connection in the era of physical distancing. Google Arts & Culture,
a virtual tour of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Google Arts & Culture. Art At Home is a series of digital family programs, the Gallery will share a different art-making activity, taking inspiration from the exhibitions or artwork from the permanent collection.

Vancouver Maritime Museum — Artifacts and archival materials on the Open Collections website, peruse the online library catalogue or take a virtual tour of the St. Roch. Enjoy activities for kids, or simply poke around the website.

Virtual Museum of Canada — A federally funded investment program that helps build digital capacity in Canadian museums and heritage organizations and gives Canadians unique access to diverse stories and experiences.

Watson’s Mill: A virtual tour

The Western Development Museum — is the largest human history museum in Saskatchewan. The website features information and photos of the Museum’s vast collection from the beginning of Saskatchewan settlement to today.

West Parry Sound District Museum — Explore the West Parry Sound District’s history through Interactive maps, artifact colouring pages, historic jigsaw puzzles, and more.

Whistler Museum & Archives — The museum offers virtual exhibits, an online database and photo galleries to explore, archival colouring pages, and lots of historical stories on our blog.

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies — Experience the wonder and history of the Canadian Rockies at home through online exhibitions, a virtual tour, educational materials, and more!

Woodstock Art Gallery – Explore the WAG’s permanent collection from home and discover works by local, regional and national artists through our collection database. Follow us on Facebook for the latest on new online programming, including virtual exhibitions and educational resources.

Woodstock Museum National Historic Site — Stay connected with the Woodstock Museum during the COVID-19 shutdown. Our new Museum Virtual Resources page features family-friendly activities, virtual exhibits, and educational resources for teachers and students.

 

Available in french only

Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton — Educational resources and creative activities are made available to people via the blog.

Musée d'art de Joliette — Quarantined Museum is the museum’s new blog. The MAJ team will share weekly themes, perspectives and interesting finds to which you will be invited to react artistically. The aim is to create social ties through virtual exhibitions and creative exchanges.

Musée Pop — Digital initiatives grouped under the Virtual mode tab: virtual exhibitions, 3D artifacts, exclusive exhibition content, quiz, coloring drawings, etc./p>

 

Additional resources

Initiated by Contemporary Calgary but now includes 50+ institutions, Field trip: Art Across Canada highlights the efforts of art galleries across Canada to engage and connect. A unique national initiative of tours, talks, workshops and more in support of artists during COVID-19. https://www.fieldtrip.art/

Recording a Pandemic is a simple tool to teach adults and children how to conduct and record oral history interviews about life during the pandemic. https://recordingapandemic.com/

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections (Museum Computer Network)

Google Arts & Culture