Missing cultural trips out with your family? There are free virtual tours of UK museums and galleries right at your fingertips. Peruse fascinating and stunning collections of video, photography and audio along with virtual tours courtesy of Google Street View. They really are a feast for the senses and growing minds.

British Museum Virtual Tours
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The British Museum’s website is packed to the brim with virtual exhibits as well as 60+ free galleries. The virtual galleries include Medieval Europe 1050-1500, Enlightenment, Oceania, the Egyptian Sculpture gallery, Mexico and Prints and Drawings. You can also digitally walk through their 94 rooms and see details of the artefacts on show.

Natural History Museum Virtual Tours
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Here you are presented with 9 virtual options to visit the Natural History Museum including exploring the museum itself, the life of a blue whale and a 3D digital model of a Diplodocus. You can also let the voice of Sir David Attenborough guide you around exhibits from the last 4.5 billion years of natural history in the museum’s Hintze Hall.

National Gallery Virtual Tours
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The National Gallery’s site enables you to browse through the gallery’s collection of more than 2,600 paintings. With the ability to zoom further in than you’d ordinarily get with the works of art, the detail is just stunning. To shortcut to their featured highlights navigate to Art and Artists from the main menu. These include a 60 second snap shot of Akseli Gallen-Kallelas’s landscape tranquil painting Lake Keitele

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The virtual tours are something that your child can enjoy individually or together with yourself. There’s something for everybody. And rest assured there will never be somebody blocking the view.