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!
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.
City Museumopens a new window, Missouri
Neues Museumopens a new window, Germany
Muséosphèreopens a new window, France
Tallinn Art Hallopens a new window, Estonia
Rijksmuseumopens a new window, Netherlands
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.