Ah, remember going out and doing things? Wasn’t that fun? While many of us are doing our part by staying in, many local businesses and museums are offering us a wealth of resources and experiences to keep us educated and entertained while stuck at home. These Virtual Cleveland experiences are free and open to the public, even those who don’t live in Cleveland can enjoy these awesome experiences.
Take a look, there really is something for just about everyone! If you know of any other great resources please share in the comments below!
Virtual Cleveland Experience: Museums
Cleveland Museum of Art
I had just become a member of the Cleveland Museum of Art for the first time before the pandemic happened, and while I am saddened to miss out on weekends of exploring our incredible, world-class, free museum I find myself exploring their website when in need of a good dose of art in my life. The museums’ collection is online and free to view so you can admire old favorites and add new pieces you’ll want to admire in person when the museum reopens.
Visit the Cleveland Museum of Arts FREE online collection
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Did you know the Museum of Natural History also has several of Ohio’s native species that call the museum home? The museum has a page set up with all their museum at-home activities from Museum Mondays where you can virtually tour galleries with their museum educators – great for kids! There’s Wildlife Wednesdays where their animal experts choose a different native Ohio species to talk about. Then there is Scientist Saturdays for those who want to know more about the science and research the museum does.
Visit the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Museum at Home page.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum
Cleveland is the home of Rock and Roll and we’ve got the museum to prove it. Inside this uniquely designed museum are some of the most incredible pieces of rock history – including all kinds of music history from the music that inspired rock to the music inspired by rock. It’s truly a gem of a museum and they are offering their Rock Hall resources for you to explore while staying safe at home. There’s a little something for everyone here, dig in and rock on!
Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fames Free Online Learning Resources
Great Lakes Science Center
Stay curious with the virtual offerings from the Great Lakes Science Center. Join them daily for Curiosity Corner Live, watch movies or go on a virtual field trip. Lots of fun for young and old.
Visit the Great Lakes Science Center at-home virtual activities
Virtual Cleveland Experience: Nature
Cleveland Metroparks and Zoo
If you want to enjoy nature in Cleveland, you don’t have to go very far. With 18 park reservations, 8 lakefront parks, and over 100 hiking trails, a zoo and rainforest one can enjoy nature just minutes away from the city. The Zoo and Rainforest are closed and while we can still visit our park systems, they are offering a virtual classroom on Facebook Live with park and zoo experiences. Their website also archives previous classroom experiences. If you love nature check it out!
Check out the Cleveland Metroparks and Zoo Virtual Classroom Archives
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
The museum may be closed, but it’s business as usual for all the underwater creatures and wildlife in the aquarium! The Aquariums Youtube page has all kinds of fun video content from watching caretakers feed various marine life and even some fun crafts and informational videos. A great learning resource or just fun to watch for anyone who love life underwater.
Check out the Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s Educational Youtube Page
Virtual Cleveland Experience: Entertainment
Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Public Libraries
While we can’t go browse our favorite books these days, both library systems are offering a wealth of virtual resources on their websites. You can borrow books, watch movies, listen to music and much more.
Tip: Check out the Libby app by local company OverDrive – it connects you to your local library through your library card and gives you free access to a wealth of books and resources.
Learn Recipes from Cleveland’s Iron Chef Michael Symon
I have been really enjoying watching Michael Symon whip up recipes on Instagram. He starts right around dinner time and I will sit there and watch the entire episode. Love learning new tips and seeing how others cook, especially a local celebrity chef!
Check out an archive of all the dinner’s Michael Symon has whipped up on Food Networks page
Great Lakes Theater @ Home
Discussions, videos, photos, and digital tools for students and teachers.
Check out Great Lakes Theater’s @ Home page
Looking for more fun things to do in Cleveland? Check out my Cleveland City Guide