Photo by Clem Onojeghuo
With museums closed to help stop the spread of coronavirus, a slew of resources and interactive exhibitions remain available online.
Whether you’re bored of television, need a way to entertain your kids, or just miss going to your favorite museums, below are some of New York City’s most popular collections online, available for perusing without having to leave the couch.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
More than 25,000 works are now available to view from the Whitney’s permanent collection, including paintings, photographs, installations and performance art on film. You can also access the museum’s audio guides for tours about the work of Andy Warhol, a history of protest art, and the recent Whitney Biennial.
The Jewish Museum
The Brooklyn Museum
Reproduced in its entirety online, an interactive look through Hiroshige’s 118 painted wood blocks is on display through museum’s website. Titled “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo,” the work has been heralded as one of Japan’s finest artistic achievements.
The Guggenheim and MoMA, via Google
The Arts & Culture department at Google has partnered with hundreds of museums worldwide to provide online interactive exhibitions. Collections on view from New York City museums included the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Currently available work includes the glass art of Josef Albers, MoMA’s permanent collection, which includes Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and a peek inside Frida Kahlo’s diary, courtesy of the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City.
You can take a look at murals in New York City or the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, zoom in on the work of Klimt and Kandinsky, or learn how to redecorate your home in the style of the Bauhaus.
With an online archive of over 20 museums and galleries in Washington D.C. and New York City, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of American History have nearly 300 exhibits, past and present, up for view. Highlights include a look at jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald’s career, an interactive exploration of what it’s like to work on a Space Shuttle, and the permanent portrait collection of American presidents.
The Smithsonian recently made available more than 2.8 images online for download in the public domain as well, such as 3D models of fossils like the Wooly Mammoth.