About MDL

Museum content and educator resources free to use and share

MDL offers K-12 educators engaging online classroom resources that bring museum education into the classroom or a home-based study program. The digital collections-based content has been curated by museum professionals to assure accuracy and authenticity. All content provided on MDL is free to use and share.

The core content of MDL consists of Resource Kits which include activities and objects.


Resource kits are activities grouped together by theme. They come with educator materials, student resources, and national standards.


Activities are created with museum objects and their supporting materials. There are five different types of activities:

  • Narrative

    Essays with supplimental images, video, audio, and 3d objects.

  • Hotspot

    Images with clickable icons showing detailed information.

  • Slideshow

    A gallery of images or videos with captions.

  • Annotation

    Images users can comment on and download.

  • Timeline

    Images, text, video, audio illustrating historical events over a length of time.


Digitized museum objects are the base of content on MDL. Each object comes with its details, one or more images, and can have text, videos, audio recordings, etc., associated with them. The images can be single images, deep zoom images, multiple images of different views, or 360° views.


MDL will soon offer additional interactive features, including ebooks, gaming activities and a collections hub where you can create your own collections of objects to use and share.

Become a participating museum.

We are looking for museums interested in providing collections-based digital educational content for our platform. These materials would include lesson plans, videos, essays, slideshows, and other online activities that are created using a museum’s digital content. Museum professionals and educators will work together to shape the resources to fit classroom needs.

Criteria to become an MDL participant includes:

  • • An ability to commit educational and collections staff resources to this project.
  • • Existing online digitized collections, preferably with metadata.
  • • Existing digital educational materials, or the potential to create materials.
  • • An institutional priority to expand or diversify your audience.

If you are interested in joining this project, or would like more information, please fill out the form below and one of our team members will get back with you as soon as possible.

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