6 Intriguing things to do in London, Ontario – Museum Virtual Tours #LdnOnt

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As we approach Family Day this year, you may be looking for things to do in London with the family. Although there are plenty of things to do outside (walks in Springbank Park, skating at Victoria Park, tobogganing at Thames Valley Gulf course). However, with COVID restrictions visiting museums or going to the library are not options. Here a few ideas on what to do in London, Ontario virtually.

Fun things to do in London

1. MUSEUM LONDON

Take a short lesson in the impact of photography in the online virtual exhibit of RESOLUTION: a Century of Photographic Art found on the Museum London Facebook page. The museum is also offering its Imagination Station programming right from the comforts of your home! Follow along here to participate in weekly creative arts and crafts projects. Register for their March Break Art Kit full of Museum inspired activities in celebration of our 80th anniversary. Your Kit will include a project a day for March Break with full instructions and art supplies
 

2. MUSEUM OF ONTARIO ARCHAEOLOGY

Museum of Ontario Archaeology with 50 items in its virtual collection MOA has partnered with Google’s Art and Culture to put together a virtual tour. I’ve written about this resource before and think it’s a great way to see museums from all around the world virtually.

Things to do in London, Ontario - Virtual Museum Tours - MOA
50 Artifacts from Museum of Ontario Archaeology on Google Arts & Culture

Also, check out their website for free infographics on educational activities that you can do at home and pick up their kit for March Break Activities!

Virtual Museum Tours in London Ontario Margarita Ibbott is DownshiftingPRO

3. THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT MUSEUM

I am a big fan of the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum as I visited and wrote a post about this hidden gem in London. They have an extensive online library of over a thousand archives, photographs and objects that you can search and read about. This would be a great way to spend an afternoon. They even have a cool scavenger hunt where you scour the collection for clues and answer a quiz. You can print off the PDF and go hunting for treasures.

Things to do in London, Ontario - Virtual Museum Tours -Royal Canadian Regiment Museum

Read The Topography of Grief –Mapping the Great War Dead in London, ON (1914–1921) on the Virtual Museums Canada, Community Stories website.  This exhibition has been developed in partnership by the museum and MA Public History Program at Western University, 2017 Class.

4. BANTING HOUSE – NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Why not write a letter to Dr. Banting? So many patients and family member did through the years thanking Dr. Banting for discovering Insulin. The tradition of writing letters addressed to Banting did not end with his death in 1941. It resurged in 2007 when an interactive station was installed in Dr. Banting’s bedroom as a more creative way for people to “sign a guestbook”.  Taking this project into the 21st century, you can now write digital letters to Dr. Banting. Once it is safe to open Banting House again, there will be an exhibit of the letters that were received. Once again, another innovated means of keeping visitors engaged with museums in London.

5. FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

Things to do in London, Ontario - Virtual Museum Tours -- Pioneer Village #LdnONT

One of the nicest things we did with my mom and the Alzheimer’s Society was a trip to Fanshawe Pioneer Village. There were people period costumes telling us about how London was established. There are many buildings in the village. Since we cannot visit now, you can certainly take a picture and audio tour. Check out their new online video series, from tiny homes to making shortbread.

6. LONDON PUBLIC LIBRARY

I cannot tell you how much I miss visiting the library. They are however hard at work providing services to the community. I’ve recently discovered Libby, their online lending library, for both audio and digital books. You can access their digital library! Visit them here for programs to learn a new language on Mango, watch movies or documentaries on Hoopla or Kanopy or research your family on Ancesty.com. There are plenty of options. Don’t worry if you don’t have a library card? You can easily get a temporary card here

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Margarita Ibbott is a travel and lifestyle blogger. She blogs about travel in Canada, the United States and Europe giving practical advice through restaurant, hotel and attraction reviews. She writes for DownshiftingPRO.com and other online media outlets.