Firstly, I hope you’re all staying safe and well amidst this difficult and chaotic time. It’s so important to stay safe right now, so I wanted to start sharing history and museum content you can explore and enjoy from the safety of inside.
Follow me on Instagram @historylizzie where I’ll be sharing museums from home and history from home every day, but for now, here are 5 museums you can visit virtually:
The Frick Collection (New York)
Have a virtual tour around all of the rooms of the beautiful Frick collection, where you can click on the different objects and read about them in their online catalogue. My particular favourite is the beautiful Fragonard Room. Alternatively, explore the online catalogue of their fantastic collections to your heart’s content.
Read my highlights of the Frick Collection here.
New York Historical Society
The New York Historical Society have a fantastic range of collections online, which you can browse here. In particular, I’ve been looking at the Irving Browning collection of photos are a fascinating and eye-opening source with images of New York between c.1920 and 1938.
Not only this, but they have lots of different online exhibitions for you to virtually visit and explore: from Harry Potter and the History of Magic, to Hamilton, to slavery and the Civil War.
Want to watch and listen? Find plenty of videos explaining the history of New York and their collections here.
National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.)
Have a browse of NGA’s Online Editions for plenty of articles written by art historians, or the audio and video collections, about different artists, periods and works in their collections. Or look at their exhibitions online – I’ve really enjoyed the pieces brought together in the Degas at the Opéra exhibition for the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Paris Opéra.
Something else fun to look at – the NGAkids section has an Art Zone app in which you can explore works in the collection, as well as creating and drawing freehand. It may say it’s for children, but I think I may have a go too!
See my highlights from the NGA’s collection here.
National Portrait Gallery (Washington D.C.)
America’s only museum dedicated to American portraiture has a brilliant section of their website dedicated to visiting the gallery from the safety of your own home, which you can find here. There are digital workshops, such as Instagram figure drawing classes, and online exhibitions through Google Arts and Culture.
The Uffizi (Florence)
I’ve wanted to visit this art gallery for years so am really excited that this wonderful collection of Renaissance art is available to take virtual tours of through Google. Not only this, but you can also explore all the art in the Uffizi collections in greater detail here.
I’d love to hear from you too – what museums and history content have you been enjoying from home? Please tell me in the comments below!