How to Use and Create Virtual Museums

With the Internet, the world is virtually at our fingertips. Children are often interested in a wide variety of topics—many that would not normally be taught in school. Virtual museums allow students to pursue many of these topics by “visiting” collections around the world. Even by just browsing museums, a young person may become interested in a topic that he had not previously considered. Here are some excellent ways to access online museums.

This site provides a long list of links to online collections and exhibits covering a vast array of subjects, from classical art to architecture to mundane collectible objects. Links include MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art), The Smithsonian, Vintage Advertising Archives, and Postage Stamps of Israel.

Here you will find links to The Getty, The Guggenheim, The Library of Congress, and also to digital art.

This is a specialty site that has great pictures and history.

If virtual museums pique your interest, consider creating a virtual museum with gifted students. Look at the article, Building a Virtual Museum Community, which describes how a school district and museum partnered to develop of a virtual museum devoted to local history at the turn of the 19th Century. The article discusses strategies needed to cultivate such a relationship.

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