See History Up Close Without Ever Leaving the House

Nicole Martensen

As a history lover, I was thrilled to learn that many museums now offer virtual tours for some of their most prized treasures. Now, I could explore history like never before, right from the comfort of my home. I wanted to find out for myself if a virtual tour could be as informing and entertaining as a real-life tour, so I decided to check out two of the most popular online virtual tours available.

Virtual Tour of Ellis Island

First up is a virtual tour of Ellis Island, the same place my ancestors first stepped foot in America. The tour is created in partnership with Scholastic, so the material is appropriate for all ages; this makes it a great option for a virtual family field trip.

The website features a detailed 30-minute virtual tour of Ellis Island, with park rangers and historians helping to explain the history of the island…

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