Maritime Museums Get Creative with Virtual Resources
With a record number of people going online for information and entertainment, maritime museums the world over have gotten creative with providing resources to support and promote our seafaring heritage. The National Maritime Historical website has become an increasingly valuable resource for students and scholars of all ages. Every issue of the magazine is available to the public on our Sea History page. In addition to the fully hyperlinked Sea History Index, there are links to hundreds of useful websites for researchers on our Maritime History on the Internet page, digital photo collection sites on our Maritime Images page, more than 200 maritime museums and historic sites on our Museums, Programs & Historic Sites page, our collection of Sea History for Kids features, and a new archive page for our Sea History Today email series.
Check out the incredibly innovative and diverse ways that museums and other organizations are connecting with people at a time when their doors have been closed to visitors. Museums have produced virtual tours and spotlight features about special items in their collections. Organizations with educational programs are reaching out to young kids and students who can’t visit, with coloring pages, activities to do at home, videos, and learning modules. Many institutions have made entire collections or archives available online, and posted informative and entertaining lectures on their websites and social media pages. We’ve compiled a selection of these offerings on our Museums Online page—let us know of any resources we should add by emailing NMHS@seahistory.org!