Published: March 2020
Updated: August 25, 2021
By: Kabria Rogers & Phillyfunguide Staff
Did you know that many of your favorite local museums have online collections and resources? That's right - whether you aren't completely ready for the big in-person return, or are looking for supplemental resources for school (or fun!) - many of our museums and galleries have online and interactive versions of their collections.
Now, you can have popcorn and Frozen 2 playing in the background and be only one mouse click away from the collections you hold dear.
Check out our top picks for museums with digital collections - you can enjoy these collections from the comfort of your home, while maintaining the necessary distance from others.*
*Please be sure to view and participate in these activities safely. For up-to-date information on the City of Philadelphia's COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, visit their official website.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Without the herculean feat of running up the stairs, you can have access to 150,000 works of art through their online collections. Their digital collection allows you to delve deeper into specific artists and collectors. The collection even shares provenance information for Intellectual property gurus.
Independence Seaport Museum
You may miss the view of the water but not the spirit of the sea with Independence Seaport Museum’s online J. Welles Henderson Archives & Library. This digital collection can be easily searched by commerce, environment, infrastructure and maritime industries. Insider tip: search Olympia just for kicks, she turns 125 this year!
The Barnes Foundation
Push yourself to think about art in terms of color, lines, light and space. At least, we think that’s what Albert Barnes would have wanted. The digital collection allows you to not only search by those conditions but search by keyword to find something completely new. Learn more about this esteemed collection.
What you have in-store is a delightful blend between a standard collection and a virtual experience. Explore the adventures Herman Mellville, take a look at timeless manuscripts and there are even learning resources for kids. There’s something for everyone in the family. Insider Tip: As a partner of the Free Library of Philadelphia, their site provides a direct path to the library’s abundant digital collection as well. Don’t miss out on this online experience!
Choose your own adventure with this digital collection. It contains items on exhibits, lecture series and archival film footage. This digital collection allows you to become a historian navigating through the stories that pique your interest. You can even search by geographic location. Start your discovery Today!