Museums on the Web

Books you can take with you are in this number range:

  • 069 (Exhibitions)
  • 708 (Art Museums)
  • 914-919 (Travel Guides)

When searching our catalog use these subjects:

  • Museums

Helpful Reference Books:

  • The Official Museum Directory - R 069.025 OFF
  • The Cambridge Guide to the Museums of Europe - R 914 HUD

Suggested online databases:

Gale's PowerSearch-Gale
This is a comprehensive periodical resource that puts more than 60 million articles at your fingertips with a single search query. More than 11,000 titles and backfile coverage from 1980 Searches: Custom Newspapers, General Reference Center Gold, and Gale Virtual Reference Library.

LIFE Magazine Photo Archive represents the most amazing collection of professional photography. Over 10 million photos from the legendary archives of LIFE magazine.


  • World Digital Library - The WDL makes available on the Internet significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - This museum is dedicated to enhancing the "public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art".
  • Museum of Vancouver - Take a look at some of this museum's materials in its object gallery.
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture - Visit virtual exhibits of the next Smithsonian museum which will be built in 2012. 
  • Newseum - International coverage of news, news reporters, and newsmakers in the "World's Most Interactive Museum".
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art - A museum devoted to the appreciation and understanding of picture book art.
  • State Hermitage Museum - The museums' physical location in St. Petersburg, Russia contains over 3 million items which you can peruse online.
  • Musee du Louvre - No need to take a trip to Paris to enjoy the holdings of this world-renowned museum. Take a look at the Eye-Openers tab.
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum - This website is a time capsule for 87 Orchard St., Manhattan from 1863 to 1935.
  • Old Sturbridge Village - Go back in time to Massachusetts during the late 1700's and early 1800's. This site is especially useful for students.
  • Exploratorium - The museum of "science, art, and human perception" located in San Francisco, CA.
  • Culture 24 - A virtual guide to thousands of museums, galleries, archives, and libraries in the United Kingdom.
  • The Museum of Online Museums - The museums on this site encompass everything from traditional museum websites to blogs and image galleries.
  • Flickr - Peruse museums from around the world using photo management and photo sharing applications.

The Smithsonian Institution's Museums: