Teacher Review For Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Explore the entire history of our planet from your classroom

Luke J.
Technology coordinator
Show More
My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This is a really neat site to explore a place most of us will probably never visit. Students can explore the museum themselves or can take a teacher-led virtual tour. Most, if not all, of the museum is available to tour. It's possible to zoom in and even read the placards in most exhibits. However, the controls are pretty clunky and could be made much easier to use.
My Take
Virtual museum tours are slowly becoming possible and available for many of the larger museums worldwide. Since they are still relatively new, there are many ways to make it more interactive and enjoyable. I think the Smithsonian should and will devote more resources to make this tour an easier to use and fun site to visit in the future.