Museums across the state are closed. But your favorite local spots are offering a range of ways to engage with their world-class collections and educational resources while you are stuck at home.
Great cultural experiences are just clicks away – and don’t forget, these organizations need your support (and donations) more than ever so they can all return from the COVID-19 closures strong.
Delaware Art Museum
Art lovers and students can continue to enjoy the Delaware Art Museum’s extensive collections from home by visiting them online. Try a few of the resources below and share a work of art that inspires you with staff. Your choice may be featured in a upcoming post or email.
Follow the Museum on social media for collection highlights, video tours, family activities, and more: Museum Facebook Museum Twitter Museum Instagram Store Instagram To browse a curated selection of books, and other merchandise, shop at the Museum Store at bookshop.org.
Go to emuseum to explore the entire Delart collection of over 12,000 works, including painting, illustration, and sculpture. Wander the Pre-Raphaelite world of Stunners, breathtaking landscapes, and Victorian romance. Visit John Sloan’s New York, or get lost in Howard Pyle’s stories of swashbuckling adventure and fantasy. Marvel at the brilliant array of paintings and sculptures in their contemporary collection.
The Museum’s Copeland Sculpture Garden continues to be open for free from dawn to dusk. Take a walk through the garden and enjoy sculptures and the meditative Labyrinth.
Delaware Museum of Natural History
The museum is offering a range of behind the scenes tours, live storytime and animal presentations that can all be accessed here. The museum has a video library cataloging its immense natural collection ranging from mollusks to birds to fossils and eggs.
Live storytime is weekdays at 11 a.m, with some pre-recorded stories offered as well. In the afternoons, the museum will post a pre-recorded video, including presentations with our live animals, behind-the-scenes tours, crafts, or online exhibits.
Museum staff tells us they are working hard to pull all this together so not everything will be available right away. Look to their Facebook page and website for updates.
The museum will post a new exhibit every Friday. An art exhibit about butterflies from students at Newark High School will be available online only. Since school tours are such a major focus for the museum, they’ll be recording online versions of their Discovery Tours for sharing with educators and the public alike.
“Our goal is to continue to connect with our community, and provide some fun and interesting content while people are at home,” said Jennifer Acorn, who leads marketing and communications. “Last week’s storytime and live animal presentations were very well received, so we’re going to continue sharing positive stories as long as we can. And we are definitely interested in hearing from our community about what they’d like to see.”
The Delaware Contemporary
Prior to the museum’s closure, all current exhibitions were photographed and captured through panoramic videos to create virtual gallery tours. The first installment, Malice’s Restaurant, was launched last week and the remaining exhibitions will be published next week.
Virtual tour of Malice’s Restaurant: decontemporary.org/hennessy-experiment-hutchings
Today the Contemporary posted a virtual exhibition by artist Mary Putnam: https://www.decontemporary.org/mary-putman
And the Contemporary also offers free, downloadable art activity workbooks for ages 3 – 7 and 8 – 12. These self-guided booklets are a perfect way to introduce children to art concepts and engage them in new ways of looking at the art of today. Color 3-7. Color 8-12.
PROJECT C is the Contemporary’s online learner space featuring the work of active, progressive and engaging Wilmington, Delaware based artists through dynamic videos, images and lesson plans. Educators and learners can gain access to the studio practice, art-making process, exhibition installations, influences, ideas and general biographical information of these artists for classroom use.
Coming soon: The Contemporary’s public engagement team is also currently developing “Object of the Day” content for a deeper, daily connection to their dynamic exhibition programming.
The Grand has set up a coloring page of the facade of their historic opera house that kids — and their parents! — can have fun working on. Download the coloring page here. Color the facade, take a picture of it and message The Grand the finished product to be entered into a free contest. The Grand will design a light show around the winning picture to celebrate when they reopen.
Winterthur has launched a special education page with programs for students from kindergarten through middle school. Check out their Facebook page for updates.
The state’s only zoo is posting cute videos of their wild residents on social media – here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/BrandywineZoo/
Virtual Field Trips for You and Your Family
Many national museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours. Here are some virtual field trips that have come our way. Enjoy!
20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids | Adventures in Familyhood
Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1200 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world’s treasures online.
The Met 360 Tour This award-winning series of six short videos invites viewers around the world to virtually visit.
LIVE CAM: Pittsburgh Zoo and Philadelphia Zoo Animal Visits Both the Pittsburgh Zoo and Philadelphia Zoo have webcams (typically 10AM-5PM) showing their penguin areas.
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium live cam at https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/penguin-webcam/
You can watch the Philadelphia Zoo webcam at https://philadelphiazoo.org/penguin-point-cam/
The Pittsburgh Zoo has a cheetah cam: https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/cheetahwebcam/
Elmwood Park has a giraffe cam: https://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/animalcam/giraffe-cam/
Kids stuck at home due to coronavirus can go on these virtual Disney Word rides.