Art from the World Over

The Library's Museum passesopens a new window have long been popular offerings at the Library, but during the time of quarantine the museums are closed and potential visitors must stay home. However, some museums have made virtual tours or online representation of their entire holdings available for anyone to see from the comfort of their home. What follows is but a small selection of museums that have made their collections available virtually. Enjoy these offerings from near and far!

Local Museums

Museum of Fine Artsopens a new window

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museumopens a new window

Museum of African American Historyopens a new window

Boston Children's Museumopens a new window

Peabody Essex Museumopens a new window

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museumopens a new window

Shelter In Place Galleryopens a new window, a tiny pop-up gallery started by the Boston artist Eben Hainesopens a new window where the scale is 1 inch equals 1 foot.

United States

Walters Art Museumopens a new window, Maryland

Barnes Foundationopens a new window, Pennsylvania

Solomon R. Guggenheimopens a new window, New York

The Broadopens a new window, California

National Gallery of Artopens a new window, Washington, D.C.

Art Institute of Chicagoopens a new window, Illinois

City Museumopens a new window, Missouri


Museu de Arte de São Pauloopens a new window, Brazil. 

Neues Museumopens a new window, Germany

Palace Museumopens a new window, China

Vatican Museumsopens a new window, Italy

Zacheta National Gallery of Artopens a new window, Poland

Muséosphèreopens a new window, France

Tallinn Art Hallopens a new window, Estonia

National Galleries of Scotlandopens a new window, Scotland

Rijksmuseumopens a new window, Netherlands

Museo Frida Kahloopens a new window, Mexico

The British Museumopens a new window, England

And just for fun, a musical virtual gallery tour! Russian composer Moden Mussorgsky wrote his "Pictures at an Exhibition" as a virtual tour of works of his friend Viktor Hartmann. There had been a major exhibition of his paintings at the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg soon after he died in 1839. A "promenade" theme precedes each movement as the viewer moves from one artwork to the next. The paintings depicted in this gallery weren't ones that were displayed in the Saint Petersburg exhibition, but that show influenced Mussorgsky's composition based on drawings and watercolors that the composer knew personally.

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