Virtual Museum

Even if you don't consider yourself a patron of the arts, you can (and should) explore some of the most celebrated and influential works of art in history. For the first time in history, we have the ability to be captivated by these works for no cost and without leaving our homes.    

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Based on a publication by My Modern Met, the Hammond Regional Arts Center has created a list of some of our favorite art collections, all free for public viewing online.  

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art's online archive contains over 400,000 images for your view.  
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has over 200,000 pieces of art in their current collection. Of that 200,000 modern and contemporary works, 84,000 works are currently available for view online.  The museum has also made images from exhibitions since its founding in 1929 available here.
  • The Guggenheim Museum has released modern art books online for free. That's over 200 copies of topics ranging from Picasso to Kandinsky.  From 20th century Chinese art to the craftsmen of ancient Peru.  It's art work from all over the world.  See the entire archive here
  • Art Institute of Chicago digitized thousands of pieces from their collection. Find it here.
  • The Barnes Foundation Collection online is a treasure trove for anyone interested in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting.
  • Explore all sides of the 3D models of the sculptures from the British Museum online here
  • Spend some time getting lost in the Europeana Collections online.  This digital collection makes Europe's cultural history available to anyone with topics ranging from art and fashion to music, maps, natural history and more.  
  • The Japanese woodblock prints archived at are not only searchable by text, but also by taking and uploading a picture of an existing image.
  • Van Gogh's collection of over 600 Japanese prints are available to view online where you can also learn about his love of Japanese art and how it influenced his own work.

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See also:

"What is Modern Art?" by Kelly Richman-Abdou 

"What is Contemporary Art?" by Kelly Richman-Abdou


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