San Diego’s Virtual Museum Visits

Museums always represent a fascinating opportunity to entertain and enlighten. Checking out curated exhibits of art, history, anthropology, and more awakens the mind to amazing possibilities.

San Diego is lucky to be home to some of the finest museums in the world. Even better, many of them are currently offering safe and socially distanced virtual tours of their collections and displays. 

Here are some of the best examples you’ll want to experience for yourself. 

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium has long served as one of the primary research facilities for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, so education is truly their forte. The aquarium is offering an extensive remote learning program where ocean life enthusiasts of all skill levels can connect and explore. Currently the facility features school group programs, an after-school series, loads of activities, and their famous Kelp Cam. Professional development programs are also available.

California Surf Museum 

Is there any more quintessentially California activity than catching some waves? The California Surf Museum is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of this distinctly West Coast pastime. The museum has made a vast swath of its collection available for virtual viewing, including both current exhibitions and past guest-favorite displays. Head over to the exhibits section of the museum’s website to ride some virtual curls.  

Fleet Science Center

The Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park is the premier center for public science education in the state. Its mission is to connect people of all ages with the incredible power of science. One of the ways the museum is doing so is via its virtual outreach program, FLEETtv. Every week, the team creates a new episode featuring fun experiments, fascinating facts, and activities any science enthusiast can do at home. Keep sharp! 

Japanese Friendship Garden

Established as a celebration of shared humanity with San Diego’s sister city of Yokohama, the Japanese Friendship Garden’s goal is to help us explore our fundamental human connections through cultural understanding. Their virtual exhibits currently feature digital photo galleries of the museum’s various collections, available activity sheets to print, video collections, and scholastic lesson plans. Head over to the website to learn more. 

Bonita Museum and Cultural Center

The Bonita museum dedicates itself to preserving the culture, crafts, and art of the native people of San Diego. Through outreach and education, the museum offers extensive educational opportunities. Additionally, many of the museum’s exhibits are offered virtually, including the “Nuestra Frontera: South Bay Families at the Border” student art exhibit. Visit the museum’s website or connect on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube to learn more. 

Lux Art Institute

The Lux Institute is an art gallery of uncommon vision. Whereas many museums feature incredible works of art by amazing artists, Lux Art Institute is just as passionate about exhibiting the process as they are the product. Visitors not only see finished pieces, but also the artists themselves in the process of creating their works. Currently the museum is offering virtual exhibitions of its collections, as well as live broadcasts of artists-in-residence. Learn more here.