Welcome to part 2 of museums from home (see the previous list here). I hope you are all safe and well and sheltering at home amid this uncertain time. Our favourite museums are doing fantastic work enhancing their virtual museum tour content, and I’m sharing those on my Instagram stories every day (@historylizzie).
Here is some of the fab museum from home material I’ve been enjoying below – and I’m sure there will be more to come:
National Archaeological Museum of Naples
Enjoy artefacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum and other fascinating archaeological sites on a virtual walk through this Italian museum with Google.
These walk-throughs are so brilliant, as you can actually see how the museum is laid out and explore the objects in situ.
After that, explore the collection further here.
National Gallery (London)
I’ve waxed lyrical on the National Gallery in the past (see my posts about their exhibitions and paintings here, here and here) and it is one of my favourite places in the whole world. You can take a virtual tour of the galleries here, which links through to the different paintings and information about them in their online collections.
Follow the Gallery’s YouTube channel here, which has loads of videos telling you the stories behind the collection and the museum. In particular, I love the video series ‘Discover the women behind our paintings’.
Science Museum Group (UK)
The Science Museum Group have a fantastic blog post here that outlines all the great online content they have available to explore from home. My favourite feature is their Random Object Generator in their online catalogue, which allows you to explore their wide-ranging collections freely.
They also have a great range of learning resources to look at and loads of videos on their YouTube channel, from Buzz Aldrin recounting the first moon landing to understanding how an MRI machine works.
Telfair Museums (Savannah)
I’ve absolutely loved exploring Telfair Museums since moving to Savannah – there are three sites: Telfair Academy (read a little more about that here), the Jepson Center and Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters.
I’m really looking forward to visiting Owens-Thomas House when museums can finally open again (it’s the only one I haven’t made it to yet), but for now, Telfair have been working away on creating a brilliant Museum at Home page on their website, Telfair Today.
There are some fantastic resources and articles here, including this really important and thought-provoking panel discussion on Interpreting Slavery at Historic Sites (something I will be watching this week) and this article about the famous Bird Girl statue and Bonaventure Cemetery.
Alongside this, explore the collections across the three museum sites to your heart’s content through the Telfair online catalogue.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
I love the Met and they’ve been working hard to show that you can access it wherever you are using #MetAnywhere. This digital digest on their website will whet your appetite for all of their online content, from the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (I’ve spent a long time reading these great articles in the past) to an array of video and audio guides.
A series I’ve been saving to watch is The Artist Project – six seasons of contemporary artists focussing on art within the museum and discussing what they see when they look at art. It looks so interesting and great for learning about creativity and inspiration.
Read my highlights of the Met 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!