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Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, many attractions across the State have now closed.
With schools closed, many families are desperately searching for entertainment. So here is a list of virtual day trips in Massachusetts that can be an entertaining experience for all:
New England Aquarium
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The New England Aquarium has temporarily closed its doors due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, they still offer a “Virtual Visit.” This feature located on their website includes live presentations and activities. These activities are perfect for children and families, as they include worksheets and interactive diagrams.
The New England Aquarium Virtual Visit can be located by opening this link: https://www.neaq.org/visit/at-home-events-and-activities/ .
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has an online exhibition feature on its website. This feature allows all of their collections to be viewed remotely. Many different types of art can be found at this world-class museum, from Monet to Ancient Instruments the possibilities are endless. The Museum of Fine Arts also includes educational tidbits about each collection and the museum itself.This virtual experience can be accessed by using this link: https://www.mfa.org/collections .
Boston Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum is now offering a free virtual tour and online learning resources. The Boston Children’s Museum’s free online educational resources include learning plans and engaging activities for children. Many of these activities are targeted for both children and parents to do together. These resources could be the perfect at-home activity for families.
To find the online tour click on this link: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour.
To access the online resources visit this website: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/learning-resources/parent-educator-resources .
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum located in Boston has an online gallery and tour of the museum. This museum was once the house of Isabella Stewart Gardner, and this makes it quite a unique museum to virtually visit. There are several themed rooms and gardens located throughout the mansion and they can all be viewed online.
To access the rooms specifically visit this link: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/experience/rooms?room=0 .
To access the online gallery use this website: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/visit/gallery-resources .
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House is another museum that now offers a virtual tour. Louisa May Alcott is the author of Little Women and her estate is now globally recognized. The online tour of her house provides pictures of all of the rooms as well as information about them.
This historic experience can be located through this link: https://louisamayalcott.org/virtual-tour-1
Eustis Estate located in Milton, Massachusetts is another lovely online staycationing spot. Their website offers a virtual tour of all parts of the historic museum. In addition to a free online tour of the grounds, the history of each room is available.
To access this website click here: http://eustis.estate/locations/
USS Constitution Museum (Old Ironside)
The USS Constitution is a U.S Naval Ship that is now offering a virtual tour. Their Facebook page offers video tours of the USS Constitution every day. Along with these virtual tours of the ship, live questions can also be asked on the Facebook page.
To view, these experiences click here: https://www.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial/ .
Massachusetts State House
The Massachusetts State House is a very important government building both historically and architecturally. The Massachusetts State House offers a virtual tour of each room. This can be both entertaining and educational while at home.
The website is located here: https://malegislature.gov/VirtualTour
Massachusetts Historical Society
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The Massachusetts Historical Society, founded in 1791 has a wide collection of historical documents and artifacts. All of these can be viewed online at no cost. This activity can be great to deepen one’s knowledge of history.
To view this experience use this link: https://www.masshist.org/collections .
Salem Witch Museum
If art museums aren’t your cup of tea, the Salem Witch Museum may do the trick. This museum focuses on educating people about all aspects of the Salem Witch Trials. This museum offers an in-depth tour of all of the sites that were involved in the Salem Witch Trials.
Click here for the virtual tour: https://salemwitchmuseum.com/witch-trials-online-tour/
Even though you may be house-bound right now, you can take in some of the best culture Massachusetts has to offer with just the click of a mouse and some great Internet speed.
And when normal life resumes, you can take those tours in person.