Freebie Friday – Virtual Field Trips – U.S. Military Museums

While there are many local and state military museums around the country, these virtual tours focus on four of the major U.S. branches of military service.

National Museum of the United States Air Force – Take a 360° virtual tour of this museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. There are also museum podcasts and videos available to enhance your tour. And you do not to miss checking out the Cockpit360 option where you can check out our 100 different aircraft via 360° image. The Cockpit360 app can also be downloaded for free in the Apple or Google Play stores. Plus, under the Education link in the upper menu, check out the Kids & Parents section where you will find coloring pages, puzzles, Lesson Plans, Resource guides, and more fun learning activities to supplement your studies.

National Museum of the U.S. Navy – Explore the artifacts and exhibits of this museum in Southeast Washington, DC, at the Washington Navy Yard, through images and texts. Then check out the Distance Learning and Additional Activities link under the Education section in the main menu for a boatload of educational lessons, ideas and more.

National Museum of the Marine Corps – While this museum in Triangle, Virginia is still in the process of being completed, you can still visit the existing galleries online through the images and text available at this website. Visit the Education Resources page for learning ideas and materials to use in your classroom.

National Museums of the United States Army – This museum in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, too, is still under construction, but you can also explore the currently available artifacts, history and people at this website through the images and texts.

Please note that the National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, was set to begin construction this year, but has been delayed.