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25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences Online

posted by Mark on June 18th, 2009

Virtual Learning Experiences OnlineJust because you’re online doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the world first-hand — or as close to first-hand as possible. Here are websites that feature virtual learning experiences, exposing online visitors to everything from history to geography, astronomy to anatomy, literature to government.

7 Wonders Panoramas – 360-degree views of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Arounder Virtual Tour of the Moon – 360-degree panoramic views of the moon, courtesy of the Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions. (Many other Earth locations also available on

Frissiras Museum – A virtual art gallery from Athens, Greece that allows you to explore paintings by clicking through their entire collection.

Google Earth – Explore the geography of both land and sea (free download).

Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Vital Signs: Understanding Cardiovascular Diseases – A virtual gallery teaching about heart disease.

Louvre Virtual Tour – Virtual tour of the world-famous Louvre museum in Paris.

Mount St. Helens 360 – See how the volcano Mount St. Helens changed in the three-year span between 2003 and 2006 with these 360-degree panoramas.

Mount Vernon Virtual Mansion Tour – Virtual tour of George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon.

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago – Enjoy 360-degree views of galleries showcasing Egyptian, Assyrian, Mesopotamian and Persian cultures

Rare Book Room – A virtual library that allows you to not only view but read hundreds of rare and historical copies of books, from Shakespeare to Galileo.

Smithsonian National Museum of National History Virtual Tour – Take a virtual walking tour of the entire Smithsonian National Museum of National History.

Smithsonian National Museum of National History Dinosaur Tour – A virtual tour of dinosaur fossils.

Smithsonian National Museum of National History Dinosaur Dig – An interactive virtual paleontological dig for dinosaur bones.

Supreme Court Tour – A 360-degree exploration of the U.S. Supreme Court building.

Taj Mahal Virtual Tour – Virtual tour of the Taj Mahal, featuring 360-degree panoramas.

Tour of Colonial Williamsburg – A virtual tour of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

UAE Interact Virtual Museum – A virtual museum exploring the history of the United Arab Emirates through ancient artifacts like stoneware, jewelry, weapons, tools and coins.

US Capitol Virtual Tour – Virtual tour of the US Capitol, with clickable areas to learn more about the building’s history.

A Virtual Journey into the Universe – Explore our solar system with a variety of interactive tools (no jokes about what lies in the interior of Uranus).

Virtual Museum of Iraq – Discover the history of Iraq through eight museum halls full of artifacts.

The Virtual Museum of Traditional Japanese Arts – Wander down virtual hallways to explore traditional Japanese arts, from fine arts to martial arts.

Virtual Tour of Rio de Janeiro – An amazing 3-D aerial virtual tour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Visible Body – Detailed, dynamic 3-D views of all the systems in the human body (7-day free trial).

Virtual Worlds Almanac – A guide to online “virtual worlds,” most with educational value.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society Life-Size Blue Whale – Feel what it’s like to swim alongside a blue whale.

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  • Kim Flintoff

    Just a thought – I’m preparing a conference session on this…

    I’ve had some colleagues who suggest that virtual experience is inferior…

    …my response is…

    There is no virtual experience… all experience is posited in the physiology of the individual…just as there is no shared experience… only shared events… the experience of a virtual encounter is likely to be different to a physically colocated encounter – but it is an experience nonetheless…

    We’ve seen that human beings can be desensitised to certain events through virtual encounters… why not the inverse? I’d suggest we have every likelihood of discovering that we can experience wonder, awe, and amazement, as well as motivation and determination through virtual encounters…

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  • Tricia Kirkland

    Absolutely! Without the technology of the Virtual Experience, most of us would never have the opportunity to do anything, other than what is available in our immediate area. It is said, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, therefore a virtual experience must be worth a billion words.

  • Aquaracer

    This is an awesome post – thank you for all these resources. It is perfect for Homeschooling families and I will definitely be sending the link out to other Homeschoolers who will undoubtedly benefit.

    Best wishes

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  • Alisa@Foodista

    This is awesome! Im bookmarking this to share with my son! Thank you thank you thank you!

  • Henry

    Hey Ms. Flintoff, you’re dealing in SE-F*CKING-MANTICS.

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  • Eric Xiang

    Thanks a lot for sharing with us these wonderful websites, which I find them very helpful and useful when i wanna read something. Thanks again.

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  • Sarah

    I just had a tour to Great Wall of China and back in 5 minutes. Really cool sites there. Suitable for people like me to discover places that I will never get to visit, or not sure when I can go and visit.

  • Events

    Great list of online learning experiences.
    The internet is the most convenient way to find and learn something new everyday. Learning online is not only convenient, but you can quickly move from subject to subject.

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  • ni.c

    Great! Thanks for all these ressources!

  • Amy

    So much great stuff to learn on the net. Is there enough time in one’s life to go through everything?

  • MGL

    There’s not enough time to learn it all. And there’s more and more every day.

  • Mubashar Abrar

    It is a good thing to make education online. It could help a lot of poor students in the world. Mostly in Africa and distant areas in most of the South Asian countries like India and Pakistan.

  • Sophie

    This is a great list!

    And I love Kim Flintoff’s comment that “we have every likelihood of discovering that we can experience wonder, awe, and amazement, as well as motivation and determination through virtual encounters…”


  • Personal Trainer

    Good list but I’d love to see some stuff about the human body such as

  • Madrid

    There are so many good websites out there, but I visit like the same 3 or 4 sites every day.

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    greetings, I didn’t know where to contact you but your web design layout was messed up on firefox and internet explorer. Anyways, i just suscribd to your rss.

  • School guide

    Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so! really nice post,and very informative

  • lee

    Need a bigger monitor now, bookmarking this site.

  • Study8Home

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    Awesome post!
    It is really good read for my learning experience and I really increased my knowledge about virtual learning.

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  • Matt

    Great list, but please change your description for the Dinosaur Dig from archaeology to paleontology.

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  • AprilS

    I am such a fan of virtual tours. Am always looking for new ones to check out. Thanks for sharing these.
    I too wrote a post on the same subject, but fewer tours:

  • Hal

    Hey Ms. Flintoff! Try not ripping off Arthur C. Clarke quite so much. He wrote about EXACTLY the same concept thirty years ago. Sheesh.

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  • Peter

    Wow, great list. Gotta love the Louvre Virtual Tour. Thanks!

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  • Michel Warner

     Such a great resource of online learning. Thanks!

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  • Jadem2_70

    you missed this one… 

    This is the US National Air Force Museum.