Through virtual field trips, Stay Home. Hit Play. provides fun, educational experiences for Chicago students while they learn from home.

Set foot inside Chicago's favorite cultural institutions from home! Our virtual trips capture the magic of the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Art Institute of Chicago

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See why the Art Institute of Chicago attracts more than 2 million visitors a year! Join Mayor Lightfoot as she tours one of the world’s oldest and largest museums. Founded in 1879, the museum is home to an exceptional collection of sculptures, paintings, prints, decorative arts, photography and more from all over the world.

And we’re off to the Art Institute of Chicago! Highlights include learning about Seurat and Pointillism; peering through a microscope with a conservation scientist; exploring what it takes to design the upcoming Monet exhibition; discovering the vibrant art of Malangatana, the pioneering African artist from Mozambique; and observing Richard Hunt’s Hero Construction, a sculpture made of found objects. We’ve made it fun for families to learn together. Check out our activities for all ages and abilities. Use the hashtag #StayHomeHitPlay to share your creations.

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The Field Museum

Join Mayor Lightfoot as she explores the world’s largest natural history museum. Peek into the lives of Native Americans, learn about Sue the T-rex, and study the fascinating world of insects.

The Shedd Aquarium

Take a walk with Mayor Lightfoot! Discover the fascinating world of aquatic animals and their ecosystems. Learn about the earth’s rich biodiversity.

National Museum of Mexican Art

Immerse yourself in Mexican art and culture with Mayor Lightfoot. With more than 3,000 years of creativity on display, learn about the diversity of Mexican culture.