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School Focused Youth Service

The ways we explore the world have changed for now, but don’t let that stop you from taking a tour through art exhibitions, visiting the zoo, exploring space and time, or discovering the inner genius of the world of Harry Potter!

Many great venues from across the globe have opened up for online exhibitions, tours and events. School Focused Youth Service and Knox City Council Youth Services has created a list of some sites from our resources, for you to explore all online…


Girl in an art gallery

Come visit a museum and take a virtual tour! The following museums have virtual tours and various exhibitions available virtually.

Melbourne Museum - A world of museum experiences at home
Whilst Melbourne Museum’s doors might be closed, there’s still a whole lot of magic going on. We've curated our best online content for you to enjoy from the couch!

Melbourne Immigration Museum - A world of museum experiences at home
Explore Victoria’s diversity and culture from the couch! Whilst the Immigration Museum is closed, we've curated our best online content for you to enjoy from home.

Australian Maritime Museum - The Australian national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology. We share stories of the sea.
Discover online exhibitions/events, learn from home, encounters 2020, virtual vessels tour and digital activities and games to name a few! All these experiences you can enjoy from home or on the go plus the museum's vast online resources - there's something for everyone!

ACMI - Australian Centre for Moving Image
Join a program of virtual screenings, online resources for parents and teachers, skills workshops led by industry professionals, talks, retrospectives and more, all from the comfort of your home.

National Museum of Australia
Although the doors to the NMA in Canberra are closed, they're still bringing our nation’s unique and remarkable stories to life online. There’s something for adults, children and everyone in-between — catch up on our videos, interactives and audio on demand.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA
While the museum are all social distancing and are closed, visit the National Museum of Natural History blog to find seven ways via the digital resources to explore online info from home.

The British Museum interactive tour of the world through time.
Explore the museum via the virtual tour, listen to the podcasts, read their blog and take a look in the art gallery.

Art Galleries

Girl painting while wearing a virtual reality headset

Art Galleries around Australia and the world have uploaded virtual art exhibitions and provided workshops and guides for young people and adults to recreate art at home.

National Gallery of Australia
For those looking for relief from the everyday, we hope that art can still have a place in your new normal.
NGA will continue to share their collection and exhibitions with you through Artonline and connect with you on Facebook, Instagram.

National Gallery of Victoria
Stay connected and inspired with highlights from the NGV including the stories behind the Collection works, virtual exhibition tours, essays, interviews and more.

Bendigo Art Gallery
Bringing the gallery to you! Do a video walk through of the current exhibition, create art from your own home, engage with current exhibitions and the artists from home using online learning resources.

Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
Stay connected to MAGNT by visiting the link!

The Louvre, Paris
The largest museum in the world. Come take a virtual tour from within The Louvre, or why not enjoy one minute in a museum or check out some other online resources

The Van Gogh Museum, Amersterdam
Offering Van Gogh online exhibitions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET), New York
#MetKids - made for, with, and by kids! Explore the interactive map, watch behind-the-scenes videos, travel through more than 5,000 years of art in our time machine, discover fun facts about works of art—from dragons to dancers, and from mummies to masks and more! Try out creative projects for at home.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

See what some of the worlds great minds are doing during Covid-19 lockdown and learn new skills.

Scienceworks Victoria
While Scienceworks’ doors might be closed, there’s still a whole lot of magic (& science!) going on. Scienceworks have curated online content for you to enjoy from the couch.

Questacon - National Science and Technology Canberra
Wherever you are, be inspired by science and learn about the way our world works through a variety of fun experiments and activities you can do at home. Also resources and virtual experiences available.

NASA - At Home
Investigate the many activities, craft ideas, science experiments with household items and videos to watch!
NASA Science at Home -- From lesson plans to amazing imagery and stories about how science and exploration are lifting our world. There will also be ongoing opportunities to chat and interact with scientists directly.

Code for Kids
Students can continue to learn at home while schools are closed. 1 hour free workshops to teach coding for all abilities
Take a Code Break, or see resources for students, parents, and teachers - including videos, fun tutorials, and projects!

Dragonfire tools
Junior handypersons toolkit; online links to projects for developing creativity. There is a combination of woodwork, STEM, computer building and more!


Reading doesn’t just have to be from a book. Check out some of these great online literature sites and activities for young people.

Eastern Regional Libraries
As the libraries are closed until further notice that doesn't mean you can't access the libraries or borrow books!
They are now doing home delivery!
The library is offering free online resources visit the link to find out more!

State Library of Victoria, Senior Secondary Online resources
The State Library has 4.1 million collection items online that you can access from home.
In this series, which is ideal for VCE, IB and VCAL students, the video tutorials we'll show you how to access the huge collection of online resources, including how to: navigate SLV catalogue, use VCE research guides to find helpful resources for your studies, access hundreds of databases. Find the best resources for your area of study – quickly and efficiently.

Harry Potter At Home Hub
Bringing Hogwarts to You! Magical craft videos, puzzles, activities, quizzes and lots more!

Marvel Comics
Get your reading started with free online issues of classic comics!

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire, NW London
Settle down with a story, or draw your favourite character or visit the virtual museum tour!

Zoos and Animal Conservation

What’s new in the zoos?

Zoos Victoria, Animals at home
Join in each week to discover something new at Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo with videos of incredible animal and keeper family.
Bring the zoo to life from anywhere around the world with live cams, keeper talks and other virtual updates.

Sea life Aquarium Melbourne
Virtual Aquarium - Find the latest updates from inside the aquarium! Check out our latest live streams, craft activities and downloadable worksheets for the kids!

Taronga Zoo, Sydney via Taronga TV online
While the Taronga Zoos are temporarily closed Taronga will be bringing its two beautiful zoos directly into your living room!
Tune in daily to see your favourite animals, meet the Taronga friendly keepers and learn what goes on behind the scenes.

Oceans online
Online Ocean with Ocean Wise - bringing the ocean to your living room. The educators and animal experts at Ocean Wise and the Vancouver Aquarium have compiled resources for children to learn to care for the ocean – and the animals in it – from the comfort of your living room.

USA Smithsonian National Zoo
Take a virtual tour, check out different at home activities, compare USA zoo to Melbourne Zoo, have a look at the animal webcam activities. Enjoy your experience.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, USA
Follow the link and visit the live cams online!

Places of Interest and Significance

Australian Parliament House, Canberra
Explore Parliament House on a virtual tour

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