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  • Top Picks for Museums with Digital Collections

    Published: March 2020

    Updated: September 2020

    By: Kabria Rogers & Phillyfunguide Staff

    • Photo Credit: Sincerely Media on Unsplash

    Feeling sad that your favorite museum had to close in light of social distancing? Or perhaps you just rean't quite ready to return to places that have reopened?

     

    Fear not! Social distancing is no problem for our various museums who hold digital collections. That’s right: 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.

     

    Keep an eye on this list. You'll be surprised who ends up among the ranks.

     

    Do you know a museum with a digital collection that we missed? Let us know on TwitterFacebook and Instagram @Phillyfunguide!

    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.

     

    The Rosenbach

     

    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! 

    Penn Museum

     

    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!

    Check below for even more online collections courtesy of Arts + Culture To Go:

    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    120th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper
    Philadelphia Watercolor Society
    October 23rd, 2020 - December 7th, 2020
    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    The Galleries at Moore: Artists in Residence - Interviews with Young Artists & Designers
    Moore College of Art & Design
    July 10th, 2020 - December 31st, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    "Rico Gatson: Power Portraits" Online Exhibition
    Delaware County Community College
    September 1st, 2020 - December 11th, 2020
    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    Mosaic Mural Map
    Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
    May 12th, 2020 - November 12th, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    FREE
    Talking in the Library (Podcast Series)
    Library Company of Philadelphia
    April 2nd, 2020 - December 31st, 2020
    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    Moore College of Art & Design 2020 Thesis Exhibition
    Moore College of Art & Design
    May 19th, 2020 - January 1st, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    KIDS
    WheatonArts Family Art Workshops
    WheatonArts
    June 4th, 2020 - December 31st, 2020
    QUICK VIEW
    SPECIAL EVENTS
    AN ONLINE UNVEILING OF NEW COLLABORATIVE ANIMATIONS BY ERIK RUIN & FRIENDS
    Fire Museum Presents
    October 29th, 2020
    QUICK VIEW
    FREE
    The Galleries at Moore: Artists in Residence - Interviews with Young Artists & Designers
    Moore College of Art & Design
    July 28th, 2020 - December 31st, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Lisa Naples: Using the Sun to Find North
    The Clay Studio
    October 2nd, 2020 - November 15th, 2020
    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    The Galleries at Moore: Artists in Residence - Interviews with Young Artists & Designers
    Moore College of Art & Design
    July 23rd, 2020 - December 31st, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    The Galleries at Moore: Artists in Residence - Interviews with Young Artists & Designers
    Moore College of Art & Design
    July 23rd, 2020 - December 31st, 2021
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