What is the ATL Museums at Home initiative and how can you participate? Top Atlanta museums and attractions are teaming up to share virtual experiences with the Atlanta community and beyond. Recognizing that people are unable to visit favorite Atlanta attractions, the venues have banded together to bring the experiences into our homes. Each attraction is offering weekly content as part of Field Trip Fridays–a virtual field trip taking place every Friday at 10 a.m. Here is the list along with a complete guide to ATL Museums at Home, including information on participating attractions and organizations and where to find the virtual content online:
- Atlanta Botanical Garden
- Atlanta History Center
- The Breman Museum
- Children's Museum of Atlanta
- Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History
- Georgia Aquarium
- High Museum of Art
- Michael C. Carlos Museum
- National Center for Civil and Human Rights
- Zoo Atlanta
Atlanta Botanical Garden
“Life Blooms On” is an offering from Atlanta Botanical Garden, an urban oasis of 30-acres of flowers, plants and trees tucked into Midtown Atlanta. While we may not be able to physically visit this glorious attraction right now, ABG is sharing lots of flower laden content, garden tips, videos and more on its social media channels, #LifeBloomsOn and #FieldTripFridays.
Each Friday, be sure to visit the Life Blooms On page on the ABG website, where you'll find tours of the garden as well as digital learning content for Little Sprouts, such as kid-friendly recipes, a scavenger hunt, story times and more. Also get tips from garden pros on how to maintain your own potted garden and yard.
Here’s an Atlanta Botanical Garden Spring 2020 walk through.
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta History Center offers a treasure trove of exhibits and artifacts from Atlanta’s rich history and online content in its Museum at Home online learning lab. Explore video archives, follow the blog, listen to the fascinating oral history collection, explore the Battle of Atlanta cyclorama, virtual author talks and live streams from Smith Family Farm. You won’t want to miss the live ewe cam. Field Trip Fridays offers virtual exhibitions that delve into the history and stories of Atlanta.
Like many of the participating museums, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum offers a variety of online archives and videos in addition to new content such as printables and Field Trip Friday offerings like last week’s Magic Tricks for kids.
Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame
Football fans that can’t visit this mecca of college football will love joining in the Field Trip Friday offerings. Last week we peeked inside the Goodyear Blimp. Here's where you can find more.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
True to its “education through fun” curriculum, Children’s Museum of Atlanta offers projects and activities for kids each day on the CMA at Home blog. Kids can jam along with musicians, create artistic masterpieces, practice STEM experiments and listen to stories. Each day’s lesson is accompanied by teaching resources such as vocabulary words, accompanying books and educational links. Kids will love this video of Animal Yoga with Jon.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
We know Fernbank as the go-to destination for all things dinosaurs and natural science. Fernbank’s Museum at Home program is offering “science and nature” digital content with science experiments, animal encounters, story times and other nature experiences accessible from the comfort of your own home. Check unique videos on Fernbank Museum's Facebook page, with accompanying educational material. Learn more about the Atlanta City Nature Challenge to see how your family can participate in Fernbank's ultimate nature hunt in your own backyard.
The world’s largest aquarium wins for its cute factor. From letting shelter pets visit the currently closed-to-humans aquarium to video streams of various tanks, you’re sure to find an “awwww” moment. The Georgia Aquarium at Home Learning section offers educational videos, lesson plans, behind the scenes content and so much more. Field Trip Fridays can be found via the Aquarium's Facebook Live events each Friday at 10 a.m.
High Museum of Art Atlanta
The High Museum of Art brings fine art to the forefront, virtually. Enjoy art lessons, curator interviews, virtual galleries, coloring pages and free Zoom backgrounds in addition to other artsy offerings. Find the High’s Field Trip Friday offerings (and other fun events) via the Facebook feed.
Here's something really cool you might not know about. The High also offers teacher resources (that’s you right now, Mom and Dad) where you can search by grade level or subject. Explore past exhibitions-complete with resources, guides and activities.
Michael C. Carlos Museum
The Michael C. Carlos Museum is a preeminent art museum on the campus of Emory University. Its comprehensive collection of art has been collected from around the globe. The museum is offering Carlos from Home, with unique activities such as puzzles, Zoom calls with artists, podcasts, virtual art viewing, articles and more.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights connects the American civil rights movement to today’s struggle for global human rights. The museum has gone digital by launching the Virtual Series-a variety of digital offerings ranging from the Spark Kids Book Club to Lunch & Learn workshops and webinars for older kids and adults.
Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse
Atlanta's Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse offers productions of Shakespearean classics and has moved online by offering digital learning opportunities and videos for Field Trip Fridays and beyond.
This amazing organization that works to replace Atlanta’s lost trees, create green space and protect existing forests has created virtual youth education opportunities to learn, explore and discover the natural environment online. Kids will enjoy crafts, stories, tree identification and nature walks. Register on the Trees Atlanta website.
Georgia’s favorite zoo, Zoo Atlanta, may be in the running for the cuteness factor as its Facebook feed fills with adorable animals joining keepers in reading stories, behind the scenes glimpses, interesting zoo facts and Field Trip Friday offerings.
In addition, the zoo offers plenty at-home educational content for TK-6th graders (and beyond) through the growing Zoo Atlanta at Home resource on the website. Visiting the site? You don’t want to miss Panda Cam for a live feed of the zoo’s Giant Pandas.
For more fun ideas, check out this ultimate list of things to do for Atlanta kids at home.
Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.