Online Courses

Essential skills for unusual living

Our unique courses offer deep and dynamic online learning in underexplored disciplines—from lockpicking and experimental perfumery to reading gravestones and writing fairy tales. Designed and taught by subject-matter experts and experienced educators, Atlas Obscura Courses offer opportunities for students of all ages to explore niche topics and skills, in both live and on-demand formats. No matter which course or learning style you choose, you’re sure to emerge with new skills, knowledge, connections, and perspectives.

For answers to commonly asked questions, check out our FAQ for Live Courses and our FAQ for On-Demand Courses.

On-Demand Courses

Learn at your own pace, on your schedule, with a guided structure that facilitates independent learning. Access your course 24/7 for one year and compare notes, share projects, and make connections with other students on our course community forum.

Live Courses

Engage with instructors and fellow students live on-screen for an immersive and interactive learning experience. We offer two types of live courses: seminars and lecture series. Seminars provide an intimate, discussion-based learning experience, and our lecture series are lively, large-group classes designed for either asynchronous or live participation.