Smithsonian Distance Learning Resources

The Smithsonian shares the depth and breadth of the Institution’s extraordinary collections and research with learners of all ages and educators everywhere. Our network of Smithsonian Affiliates are also leading the way in providing distance learning opportunities on a multitude of topics. Use this page for access to Smithsonian and Affiliate resources for the classroom.

Each of the museums and research centers within the Smithsonian offer learning resources specific to their collections or missions. Browse the Smithsonian Education pages for a list of resources at individual museums and units.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian is committed to supporting teachers and their students around the globe as they face unprecedented new learning challenges. Here, on the Learning Lab, teachers have access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. Learn more about the Learning Lab here.

Smithsonian Affiliate Resources

The Smithsonian Affiliate network has a wealth of educational resources that can help support local and regional, as well as state and national, learning standards for students and teachers.

If you are a Smithsonian Affiliate, please use this form to submit more resources or update a listing for your organization.

Alabama

Alabama

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute: Special emphasis on helping teachers to explain the Civil Rights Movement to their students.

US Space and Rocket Center: Skill-based STEM activities for all ages.

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Alaska

Alaska

Anchorage Museum: Imagine, innovate and learn about the art, culture, science and history of Alaska and the North.

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Arizona

Arizona

Bisbee Mining Museum: Videos and other educational materials exploring the rich mining history in Arizona.

Heard Museum: Curriculum on the American Indian Boarding Schools and Ancestral Pueblos as well as teacher’s resource art posters.

Musical Instrument Museum:Bring the world of music to your classroom.

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Arkansas

Arkansas

Historic Arkansas Museum: Classroom resources include Loan Boxes, which help better understand pioneer living and technology, and downloadable “Chapters in Arkansas History,” educational materials.

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California

California

USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum: Educators can choose from a selection of valuable STEM naval related lesson plans.

Cerritos Library: Find all your resource needs focusing on learning and literacy.

Museum of Latin American Art: Curriculum packets and classroom activities based on the museum’s exhibitions.

Japanese American National Museum: Featuring general and web resources on the Japanese American experience.

Aerospace Museum of California: Downloadable teacher guides focusing on integrating STEM into your curriculum.

California State Railroad Museum: Engineering. Ingenuity. Industry. History. Design. All aboard for a journey of inspiration and education!

San Diego History Center: Immersive learning about San Diego history aligned with California State Standards and the Common Core.

Museum of the African Diaspora: Celebrates Black cultures, ignites challenging conversations, and inspires learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora.

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Colorado

Photo courtesy Heinz History Center.

Colorado

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR): Educational activities for use in the classroom, activities, teaching boxes, videos, games, and more for students and teachers.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Experience, explore, and engage with the museum without leaving the classroom through the Virtual Science Academy.

History Colorado: Learn more about Colorado history by using a selection of online resources.

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Connecticut

Connecticut

Mystic Seaport: Lessons and Resource Sets for educators

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Florida

Florida

Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum: The museum develops resources and lesson plans for teachers that incorporate our exhibitions with Florida State Standards and STEAM learning.

Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College: Audio guides, lectures, essays, interviews, and more.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Featuring NASA STEM at home for students.

Orange County Regional History Center: Professional development workshops for teachers and downloadable lesson plans.

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Hawaii

Hawaii

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum: Online curriculum supporting Pearl Harbor history, including Smithsonian Learning Lab collections.

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Illinois

Illinois

Shedd Aquarium: From feeling the skin of a sturgeon to watching penguins fly underwater, students can spark their interest in science and the natural world.

Adler Planetarium: Classrooms and educational tools built for students, teachers, and explorers of all kinds through Zooniverse.

Dusable Museum of African American History: Selections of lesson plans and resources include: African Women and the Origins of Mathematics, African Presence in the Americas Before Columbus, Women of the Civil War, The Economic Vestiges of Enslavement, Reparations and Bringing Visual Art into the Classroom.

Peoria Riverfront Museum: The Every Student Initiative educator guides match Peoria Public School District’s curriculum to the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s exhibits, Dome Planetarium shows, and Giant Screen Theater educational films.

Krannert Art Museum (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): Lesson plans from creating your own comic to making portraits to encourage critical thinking, creative writing, and movement.

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Indiana

Indiana

Conner Prairie: Find articles, historical documents, activity books and more.

Indiana Historical Society: All field trips, outreach programs, curricula and other educator resources are aligned to Indiana academic standards.

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Iowa

Iowa

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library: The NCSML provides a multicultural adventure, connecting students to the larger, global community in a personal manner.

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Kentucky

Kentucky

Kentucky Historical Society: Approaching history education as an inquiry-based, interactive process that is grounded in historical evidence.

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Louisiana

Louisiana

National World War II Museum: Broad range of online learning experiences and topics, allowing students, educators, and other professionals to learn significant WWII stories including Pearl Harbor, the Home Front, and D-Day.

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum: Lesson plans on the Caddo Nation, Battle of New Orleans, and Mississippi Migratory Waterfowl.

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Maryland

Maryland

National Museum of Dentistry: Elementary, Middle and High School interactive educational programming that takes a bite out of dental education and history!

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Plimoth Plantation: Read about 17th-century life in Plymouth.

USS Constitution Museum: Find everything you need to teach about the USS Constitution and the War of 1812.

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Michigan

Michigan

Arab American National Museum: Resources for teachers to help talk about dismantling stereotypes.

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Mississippi

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Lesson plans and teaching units cover a range of Mississippi-related topics for students in grades K­-12.

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Missouri

Missouri

Saint Louis Science Center: Gateway to STEM is a free, searchable database of local STEM educational resources and opportunities for educators, parents, and students of all ages.

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Montana

Montana

Montana Historical Society: Find resources organized by subject, or explore select resources organized by skill level: Elementary, Middle School, and High School.

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Nebraska

Nebraska

The Durham Museum: Free, digital learning programs taught by educators and historians, these engaging and interactive classes follow National and State Social Studies Standards and are filled with primary sources featuring artifacts, videos and photographs along with pre- and post-visit activities.
These free exchanges can be accessed by Zoom on a laptop or mobile device. Programs are live each day at 10AM CST and then posted in an online archive for viewing at any time.

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New Mexico

New Mexico

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History: Providing resources on general science, energy, chemistry, nuclear science and more.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science: Bilingual educational resources, museum kits for loan, and more to help students learn about the natural world.

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North Carolina

North Carolina

North Carolina Museum of History: Through podcasts, narrative films, distance learning and more, these digital learning opportunities are waiting for you to get started exploring North Carolina history.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences: Virtual Outreach connecting students with museum educators, teacher professional development, and more learning resources.

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Ohio

Ohio

Ohio History Connection: Activities to engage your child in Ohio’s history from home!

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Oklahoma History Center:  Resource guides which correlate with Oklahoma education content standards.

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Oregon

Oregon

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum: Teacher’s Guides designed to enhance lesson plans with background information, aeronautics vocabulary, book lists, and classroom activities.Each activity strives to integrate aerospace and STEAM-related lessons with hands-on exercises.

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Senator John Heinz History Center: Access themed curriculum packages that bring period maps, photographs, letters, and diaries into the classroom.

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Historical Society: Lesson plans that help bring the history of Rhode Island to life.

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Tennessee

Tennessee

Memphis Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum:  Offers a historical and educational exploration of the origins of rock and soul music, of the musical legends who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create America’s music, and of its influence on world culture.

National Civil Rights Museum: The resources will provide tools to engage students by prompting them to reflect on big questions about the human experience and how the history relates to contemporary events and everyday life.

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Texas

Texas

Frontiers of Flight Museum: Tinker, explore, create with these STEM activities.

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures: All of our lesson plans and hands-on activities meet TEKS requirements in Social Studies and can be adapted to meet individual classroom needs.

Irving Arts Center: Study/activity guides are available for select performances and exhibitions and include classroom activities, details about the featured artists, historical time period, the creative process and more.

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Virginia

Virginia

Birthplace of Country Music Museum: Learn about the origins and impact of country music from the 1920s until today, the history and development of Bristol and Appalachia, and the role science and technology play in both music and Bristol history.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens: Explore educational resources designed to support further exploration into Washington’s world both in and out of the classroom.

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Washington

Washington

Whatcom Museum: Teacher resources include exhibition guides; local history, Northwest Native American resources, ornithology, photo archives and virtual exhibitions.

Burke Museum: Burke Boxes, portable boxes filled with collections and lesson plans that can be mailed or picked up at the Business Entrance to the museum.

Museum of History and Industry: Online curriculum focusing on the Great Seattle Fire and Century 21 Exposition.

The Museum of Flight: The Boeing Academy for STEM Learning is where students, teachers, and parents chart a path in air and space by engaging in a variety of resources.

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience: Online access to lesson plans, curriculum sets by ethnic group, and other tools to blend Asian and Pacific Islander histories into social studies, language arts, and history courses.

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Kenosha Public Museum: Resources that help teach problem-based learning and help develop critical thinking skills, covering topics in natural science and social studies. Every program aligns to Wisconsin, Illinois, Common Core, and National Academic Standards.

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Wyoming

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