Virtual Museum Tours
During uncertain times, TSHA believes it's important for historical associations and museums work together to help promote the appreciation, teaching, and understanding of Texas history. We're reaching out to our friends across the state to spread the word about the virtual resources they're currently sharing with the public. We'll continue to update this page throughout the coronavirus pandemic and beyond so you can learn more about our shared past.
The Witte Museum inspires people to shape the future of Texas through relevant and transformative experiences in nature, science and culture. Their virtual program, "Witte Where You Are," features online content from the Witte Museum curators and educators using award-winning demonstrations, school program curriculum, and behind-the-scenes tours.
- Witte Where You Are: https://www.wittemuseum.org/witte-where-you-are/
Museum of South Texas History
Prehistoric plants and animal fossils, native people and European colonization exhibits, and a steamboat replica are but a few of the fascinating displays to see at the Museum of South Texas History. For many years the Museum has chronicled the heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, preserving its rich history. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum will host virtual happy hours and add to its online collections.
- Happy Hours: https://mosthistory.org/virtual-mosthistory-happy-hour/
- Digital Collections: https://mosthistory.pastperfectonline.com/
Austin History Center
As the local history division of the Austin Public Library, the Austin History Center provides the public with information about the history, current events, and activities of Austin and Travis County. We collect and preserve information about local governments, businesses, residents, institutions, and neighborhoods so that generations to come will have access to our history.
- Virtual Collections: https://library.austintexas.gov/ahc/online-collections-373164
- Virtual Exhibits: https://library.austintexas.gov/ahc/online-exhibits
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Founded in 1984 by a group of Dallas area Holocaust Survivors, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. The Museum is one of just a few Holocaust-related museums or centers in the United States and the only Holocaust museum serving North Central Texas, as well as the adjacent states of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
- Virtual Events: https://www.dhhrm.org/programs-and-events/
- Virtual Lessons and Resources: https://www.dhhrm.org/educators/outreach-programs-online-lessons/
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1909 on the idea that science can enhance everyone’s lives. As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, and a favorite thing to do in Houston, HMNS at Hermann Park has five floors of permanent exhibits, spanning astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, geology, seashells and Texas wildlife, alongside a slew of rotating special exhibitions.
- HMNS at Home: http://www.hmns.org/hmns-at-home/
Museum of the Coastal Bend
The Museum of the Coastal Bend showcases the rich multi-cultural heritage of the mid-coastal region of Texas. The Museum’s mission is to enhance the appreciation and enjoyment of the region's heritage. The Museum's purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret, and educate using the history and heritage of the region. Learn more about the museum's exhibits and visit its virtual exhibit today.
- Virtual Exhibits: http://www.museumofthecoastalbend.org/museumcoastal/exhibits/
The Sixth Floor Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum, located within the former Texas School Book Depository building, chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The museum's online collection features several resources relating to Kennedy's life, presidency, and assasination.
- Virtual Collections: https://emuseum.jfk.org/
The mission of Humanities Texas is educational excellence. Through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums, and create opportunities for lifelong learning, they advance education throughout the state. Their program "Texas Originals" profiles notable figures from Texas history.
- Texas Originals Series: https://www.humanitiestexas.org/programs/tx-originals
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum decided if the museum can’t be open, then we would bring our museum into people’s homes with our #PPHMatHome. This is a posting of daily online arts, artifacts and public programming video experiences to our social media followers across three platforms (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter). Once daily the museum posts a video of an experience focused activity such as creating a BB8 during Star Wars Day or Tissue Paper Art of Palo Duro Canyon, one of our areas most beautiful landmarks. We have teamed up with other great museums across the state of Texas for a Joint Online Learning Initiative (The Grace Museum, Petroleum Museum, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, & Contemporary Arts Museum Abilene). Certain weeks have been themed such as Nature Week, Gratitude Week (with Teacher Appreciation and Mother’s Day focus) and My Museum Collection week.
- Engaging, At-Home Experiences: https://www.panhandleplains.org/p/education/field-trips/engaging-experiences
- My Museum Collection: https://www.panhandleplains.org/p/collections--exhibitions/special-exhibitions/my-museum-collection
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Bayou Bend is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of early American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the country, including many examples of 19th-century Texas material culture. While at home, visit the Bayou Bend site to take a virtual tour of the landmark and its collection. The site also features the online William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive, where you can find insightful information on early Texans such as Hermann Lungkwitz and Johann Michael Jahn.
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives and relationships with and around horses, nationally and internationally, exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that also helped shape the West. During this time, the Museum continues to engage with our audience through online educational resources, story times, and craft videos to easily recreate the activities at home. Through our social media, we are connecting our audience to our Hall of Fame Honorees and various equine organizations, in order to create meaningful experiences.
Do you work with a historical organization or museum and want to share your virtual resources with our audience? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about your programs!