Week of December 24, 2000

A Web of Art At the Met

Take a virtual tour of one of the largest museums of its kind. Grab your sketch pad and head to the online version of New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art at www.metmuseum.org. The first installment in its online collection includes more than 3,500 works in categories ranging from American decorative arts, arms and armor, and Asian art to Greek and Roman art, modern art, musical instruments and photographs. The Explore and Learn section includes interactive exhibits. Be sure to visit the Just for Fun section and play the Carpet Hunt game. You can also learn about a Korean dragon, search for the symbol in a sculpture, and discover what "celadon" is. There's lots of fun waiting for you at The Met.

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Home Science Lab

Put on your protective goggles and head to Exploratorium's Science Explorer at www.exploratorium.com/ science_explorer. You'll find 30 fun experiments you can do at home. Make an ear guitar with yogurt cups or make tiny lightning with a Styrofoam plate and your hair. You can also make "outrageous ooze" with corn starch or amazing architecture with gumdrops and toothpicks. You supply the ingredients and Exploratorium will provide the fun.

White House Virtual Tour

Take a tour of the White House from the comfort of your own computer. You can see online what 6,000 people see in person every day. You can visit 14 rooms and read a description of their history and all the art and furniture in them. Wear some red, white and blue and maneuver your mouse to the Online Tour of the White House at www.whitehouse.gov/ history/ whtour/index.html. Enjoy your tour of the president and first lady's house.

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