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Learn Something new: Australia MOOCs and Free Online Courses
There is a full range of everything your heart, mind and body wants to learn more about, presented and conducted by Australia's best universities, with courses starting Monday, April 6th!
The World At Your Finger Tips: Online
With current advice to stay at home and self-isolate, when you come in out of the garden, have had your fill of watching movies and want to explore something new, there's a whole world of books you can download, films you can watch and art galleries you can stroll through - all from at home and via the internet. This week a few suggestions of some of the resources available for you to explore and enjoy. For those who have a passion for Art - this month's Artist of the Month is the Online Australian Art Galleries and State Libraries where you can see great works of art from all over the world and here - both older works and contemporary works.
Also remember the Project Gutenberg Australia - link below - has heaps of great books!
NFSA - National Film And Sound Archive Of Australia
The doors may be temporarily closed but when it comes to the NFSA, we are always open online. We have content for Kids, Animal Lovers, Music fans, Film buffs & lots more.
You can explore what’s available online at the NFSA, see more in the link below.
NLA Ebooks - Free To Download
The Internet Archive And Digital Library
The Internet Archive is an American digital library with the stated mission of "universal access to all knowledge." It provides free public access to collections of digitised materials, including websites, software applications/games, music, movies, videos, moving images, and millions of public-domain books. There's lots of Australian materials amongst the millions of works on offer.
Kids’ Audio Guide To State Library Of NSW's Paintings
A new audio guide adventure for the State Library of NSW's Paintings from the Collection exhibition was created by kids, for kids.
This project is part of the Library’s commitment to including the voices of children and young people in their exhibitions and learning programs. The project was led by Pauline Fitzgerald, Senior Education Officer, who has a particular interest in student voice. Ten students from Summer Hill Public School were invited to be part of the project and were supported by teacher librarians Carmel Grimmett and Lyndall Whiley from Summer Hill Public School.
Turn your home into a gallery with our Paintings from the Collection kids audio guide adventures.
Fun And Games: New Wiggles Album + More - Live Streamed Concerts And...
Did you know that a new Wiggles Album came out on Thursday this week?
It's Called 'Fun and Games' and that's just what the Wiggles are getting up to at present on their Facebook page and with lots of new add ins on their YouTube Channel and the Wiggles website.
On Wednesday they even did a live stream concert on their Facebook page from the Hot Potato studios - magic - if someone you know has a Facebook page maybe you can visit with them too at: www.facebook.com/thewiggles
There's some great news there and they seem to be putting up something for you every single day - thanks Wiggles.
Also posted this week was the news that Emma's Sign Language Time has begun! Get ready to enjoy your favourite wiggly songs translated in Auslan. That is Australian sign language! Todays song is 'Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car!
Auslan translation and consultation by The Deaf Society NSW and Deaf Services.
Enjoy the new video here: https://bit.ly/TootTootAuslan
Subscribe to their channel for more Wiggly videos: http://ab.co/WigglesYouTube
When you have had a good romp around indoors to those head over to their website where you can find lots of games you can play online with the Wiggles - cool - at: https://www.thewiggles.com.au/play/
Here's that first new Emma's Sign Language Time to get you Wiggling!:
Archive Of Millions Of Historical Children’s Books All Digitised: Free To Download Or Read Online
Enter the 1: Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature here, where you can browse several categories, search for subjects, authors, titles, etc, see full-screen, zoomable images of book covers, download XML versions, and read all of the 2: over 6,000 books in the collection with comfortable reader views.
Find 3: more classics in the collection, 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices.
Bear Hunt In Postcode 2101
MSO Live Streaming Of Concerts: Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade
NLA Ebooks - Free To Download
The Great Outdoors from Indoors
NSW NPWS Closes Campgrounds And High Visitation Areas
- Campgrounds closed in line with the Government Public Health Order from 26 March 2020
- Visitor centres, cafes and high visitation areas will be closed from 26 March 2020
- Historic sites will be closed from 26 March 2020 (except for permanent residents)
- All visitors with bookings impacted by the closures will be contacted to arrange full refunds.
Closed Areas: Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park - Visitor Precincts Closed
- All large picnic shelters
- All barbeque facilities
- All playgrounds
- Brooklyn Dam Campsites
Forestville Office Is Closed Until Further Notice
Closed Areas: Collins Flat Beach Closed On Weekends
- Fairfax lookout, North Head
- North Head
Middle Head Office Closed Until Further Notice
- Middle Head
- Middle Head
- Fairfax lookout, North Head
- North Head
Even If The Parks Are Closed You Can Still Go Google Trekking
A few years ago Pittwater Online shared some great news about the state government working with Google in what is called 'Google Trekker' - our own local MP, Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater was the State Environment Minister at that time, so it was great to hear about this first-hand from him - he loves the great outdoors!
Back in June 2014 the work began of mapping our National Parks - by actually walking through them with a camera - this is what the ranger walking with the camera looked like - they started with doing 16 parks to begin with:
OEH - NPWS photo
Then in November 2014 Environment Minister Rob Stokes launched Google Street View imagery of some of the most picturesque and visited national parks in NSW.
Mr Stokes said the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is the first organisation in Australia to be part of the Google program, which sees organisations borrow the Trekker technology to collect imagery of hard to reach places and help map the world.
“NPWS have captured 360-degree imagery of 25 parks from Kosciuszko to Cape Byron, covering over 400 kilometres of walking tracks and 700 kilometres of roads and trails,” Mr Stokes said then.
“This new service means people can scope out walks before they travel, or get a glimpse of places they would otherwise find inaccessible.
“People who have been unable to make it to the bottom of that gorge or the top of that ridge can now see all the sites our national parks have to offer.
"In conjunction with the NSW National Parks website, this imagery will give people another great way to plan their park visits, check walking tracks for suitability and learn about the area beforehand.
“We have a lot to be proud of in NSW with some of the most beautiful and remote places on the planet.
“These maps will ensure people who may not have the ability to walk in some of these popular locations will still have the opportunity to experience our vast natural beauty from their lounge rooms on the other side of the world.”
Basically, Google Trekker allows you to explore our National Parks as though you were on their bush tracks. You can Discover new places with a virtual tour of walking tracks, lookouts and campgrounds on the coast, deep within rainforests, and even in Outback NSW. You can get 360 degree views of these incredible landscapes and go on your own virtual adventure.
Working in partnership with Google, NSW National Parks (NPWS) has captured imagery in over 50 national parks using Google's special backpack-mounted trekker. With more than 1350km of Google Trekker footage, there are hundreds of experiences to discover.
You can also visit beautiful and historic places all over the world via Google Trekker - but let's start with places around us to begin with.
Where would you like to visit today?: Here are some of our favourite Street View virtual tours - just click on the links to take a look around for yourself
Sydney and Surrounds
- Aboriginal Heritage walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
- Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Headland in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
- Bouddi Coastal walk in Bouddi National Park
- Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walking track in Sydney Harbour National Park
- Cliff Top walking track in Blue Mountains National Park
- Henry Head walking track in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
- O'Hares Creek lookout in Dharawal National Park
- The Coast track in Royal National Park
North Coast NSW
- Barrington trail in Barrington Tops National Park
- Cape Byron walking track in Cape Byron State Conservation Area
- Crowdy Gap campground in Crowdy Bay National Park
- Pinnacle walk and lookout in Border Ranges National Park
- Tomaree Head summit walk in Tomaree National Park
- Sea Acres Boardwalk in Sea Acres National Park
- Yuraygir coastal walk in Yuraygir National Park
South Coast NSW
- Light to Light walk in Ben Boyd National Park
- Montague Island walking track in Montague Island Nature Reserve
- Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track in Morton National Park
- Pretty Beach to Snake Bay walking track in Murramarang National Park
- Robertson lookout in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area
- White Sands walk and Scribbly Gum track in Jervis Bay National Park
- Belougery Split Rock walking track in Warrumbungle National Park
- Breadknife and Grand High Tops walking track in Warrumbungle National Park
- Kanangra Boyd lookout in Kanangra-Boyd National Park
- The Lookdown lookout in Bungonia National Park
- West Rim walking track in Morton National Park
Snowy Mountains- Kosciuszko National Park
- Jillabenan Cave at Yarrangobilly Caves
- Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko
- Mount Kosciuszko summit walk
- Snow Gums Boardwalk
- South Glory Cave at Yarrangobilly Caves
- Thredbo Alpine Village
Outback NSW and Murray-Riverina
- Mungo self-guided drive tour in Mungo National Park
- Valley of the Eagles walk in Gundabooka National Park
- Walls of China in Mungo National Park
Please note: The backpack-mounted trekker has been specifically designed to go off the grid. Occasionally, trained NPWS staff take Google Trekker into ecologically sensitive areas so we can give you a peek of places you would otherwise never see.
When you explore these walking tracks for yourself, remember to always to stay on marked tracks, so we can continue to protect these special places for generations to come.
Arts and Culture
Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Online accessible Collection at: www.manlyartgallerycollections.com.au - Artists listed Alphabetically; just hover over links on left side of webpage and lists will pop up.
The Manly Art Gallery & Museum is a cultural facility only three minutes' walk from Manly Wharf. Opened in 1930 as the first metropolitan-based regional gallery in New South Wales, the Gallery has become a popular destination for thousands of visitors each year. MAG&M stands out among the regional galleries for two distinctive reasons: its focus on Australian ceramics and its extensive holdings of paintings by Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo.
Manly Art Gallery & Museum also holds a superb collection of contemporary and early Australian paintings and works on paper. The collection was established through the generosity of artists and donors including Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Will Ashton, Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, Lloyd Rees and many more.
The most famous painting, Tom Roberts' ''Christmas Flowers and Christmas Belles'' was donated in 1936 by Colonel Spain, a gentleman who featured in many an early Pittwater and Sydney Harbour Regatta. The extensive collection now contains over 1,000 watercolours, prints, etchings, drawings and paintings. Images of the visual arts collection is currently being added to this website.
You can already now get to know the life and work of Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, one of the founders and most ardent supporters of the Manly Art Gallery on the website www.antoniodattilorubbo.com.au.
The Ceramic Collection
Manly Art Gallery & Museum today is home to one of Australia's finest ceramics collections representing many major ceramics artists including Peter Rushforth, Ivan Englund, Janet Mansfield and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott to name just a few. The works showcase the diversity of techniques, aesthetics and artistic practice, tracing the development of styles and techniques in Australia since 1945.
As of 2009, the entire ceramics collection can be found displayed here online with images and descriptions. Browse the collection at your leisure; it comprises over 330 works by over 140 ceramics artists.
NB: The Manly Art Gallery owns one of the globally best known paintings, 'Christmas Flowers and Christmas Belles', a 52 by 36 cm oil on canvas borrowed by the National Gallery of Australia for its 2015 Tom Roberts exhibition in Canberra. The painting was one of five paintings stolen in 1976, and then after several years, mysteriously returned then to the gallery.
Tom ROBERTS, England 1856 – Kallista 1931 AD- Australia from 1869; England, Europe 1881- 85, 1903-23
Christmas flowers and Christmas belles, c. 1899, oil on canvas, 52.1 (h) x 36.2 (w) cm - Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney Gift of Colonel A. Spain, 1940
Art Gallery Of NSW
Another brilliant example of taking it all online to share not only news and current exhibition insights but a wonderful collection of all genres of Art. There is so much to see here that you may well be jumping around their website longer than you would dwell in that great old building and its beautiful rooms. Their Collections landing webpage states:
The collections of an art museum such as those of the Art Gallery of NSW are enormously rich and varied. They are a fascinating barometer of the evolution of taste and style, and of changing social, cultural and even political values. They are also a definitive marker of the growth of an institution. In our roughly 130-year history, the Art Gallery of NSW has become far more than just a destination for looking at pictures. We have in that century or so evolved into a place of more extended experience: a place to enjoy lectures, films, concerts and performances, a place to meet friends or take part in education programs or special events. But above all, as a museum of art we must be a place of experience and inspiration, and at the heart of that lies our collection.
There are over 19 thousand digitised Australian artworks to peruse, Aboriginal works, Asian works, Contemporary Art, Pacific Art, Photography and more - all with great biographies or explanatory material.
One favourite the collator of this page would actually leave Pittwater to sit before, for hours - yes, that long long bus trip into town - is 'Spring Frost' a 1919 painting by Australian artist Elioth Gruner. The painting depicts a small herd of dairy cows in the early morning and reeks of home for some of us - a home possibly a while ago now - but still, home; in its texture, its essence and what it communicates. This is Gruner's most well-known painting and was awarded the Wynne Prize in 1919. Gruner actually won the Wynne Prize for landscape painting seven times, the most of any Australian artist besides Hans Heysen.
Spring Frost was largely painted en plein air at Emu Plains—now an outer western suburb of Sydney but then a rural area—and on the farm built by Isaac Innes and inherited by his son Jim Innes. It is actually Jim Innes in this painting with his cattle. Elioth Gruner's painting Morning Light also shows this farm. To compose the painting Gruner built a small structure on site to protect the canvas and, to avoid the chill, he wrapped his legs with chaff bags.
Elioth Lauritz Leganyer Gruner (16 December 1882 – 17 October 1939) - Spring Frost, 1919
The State Library Of New South Wales
Australia's first public library, the State Library of NSW, also houses the Mitchell Library and the Dixson Wing, contains over 5 million items including more than 2 million books, 1.2 million microforms, 1.1 million photographs, as well as newspapers, maps, architectural plans, manuscripts, Art works and other items. It is part of the PANDORA web archiving project of the National Library of Australia and also collects born digital material, such as Pittwater Online News weekly Issues.
Computer cataloguing commenced in the early 1980s for books, and in 1992 for pictures and manuscripts. A large cataloguing backlog of material without an electronic record prompted the library's successful 2008 application for government funding to create over one million electronic catalogue records. The library subscribes to electronic databases which are accessible for cardholders via the catalogue.
The digitisation of the papers of Sir Joseph Banks, completed in 1997, was the first digitisation project of original manuscripts undertaken by the library. It was followed by further digitisation of manuscript and picture collections including the papers of Matthew Flinders, the Hood collection of photographs by Sam Hood and son Ted Hood, and the Holtermann Collection of images of the NSW goldfields of the 1860s and 1870s, which is now listed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register. The most recent addition from the SL of NSW addition to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register is the original Ethel Turner manuscript for Seven Little Australians - more Pittwater/Palm Beach connections there.
Once again, this is a place where the online resources on the main site and on Flickr underline the intent of the library to share and engage Australians of all ages and interests in Australian materials - exhibitions, events and online resources continue to be added in a dynamic format by people who have a passion for highlighting this great resource - go explore this wonderful New South Wales, Australian and World asset!
A few examples (although you may have already seen many local images in History pages run here):
Pittwater, N.S.W., ca. 1887-1890 / photographer unknown - (Lovett Bay) Item: a4367001h, courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales - wondering whose house that is in the background to the right? Visit: Pittwater Summer Houses: Rocky Point and Elvina Bay - A Place Of Holiday Songs and Operas In Ventnor, Fairhaven, Trincomalee and Maritana
Powerhouse Museum – Museum Of Applied Arts And Sciences
No online tour of all the Australian Art and Art Objects would be complete without a visit to the Powerhouse Museum – Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).
A wonderful Pittwater Example:
Australian National Maritime Museum (Sea Museum)
The Australian National Maritime Museum is a federally operated maritime museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney. This is also a great place to explore as their digitisation program, alike all others listed here, continues to expand - so even if you think you have seen everything, check again!m The ANMM also have a Flickr site where you can find great old photos of our area as well as other treasures.
There are over 140 thousand items and images digitised here. The last time an online visit was paid, new images of The Basin Regattas of the 1890s had been added in:
NSW State Archives
The New South Wales State Archives collection is a unique and irreplaceable part of our Australian cultural heritage dating back to 1788. Want to find which ship ancestors came out on? Some plans and drawings of early Manly hotels? See road building works going on or a photograph of a railway station still surrounded by bush on the north shore?
THIS is the place to go! You will be in there for days.... and then go back again.
There is also a State Archives Flickr platform add-in as well so you can appreciate some of the great Art.
Just one example:
The National Gallery Of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Collection contains approximately 75,000 works of art and approximately 90% of its records are available for viewing here. More than 30,000 images of works in the Public Domain are available to download at high resolution for free for publications and non-commercial use by clicking on the download icon. We are constantly improving and adding to the information on this website through research and scholarship, with updates being made to records on a regular basis and images added when they become available.
NGV KIDS AT HOME ACTIVITIES
The NGV has a range of kids activity sheets which can be used at home. Click here to download activity sheets and get creative! Including:
- Mystical Creatures
- Shoe Biz
- Make It Bloom
- Creative Cooking
- Mystery Making
Message on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content
The National Gallery of Victoria respectfully advises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that this site includes images, works and names of deceased Indigenous people and may include images of artistic, cultural or intellectual property that may be of a sensitive nature. We have made efforts to ensure that restricted works are not reproduced. This website may contain terms that reflect the period in which the item was created and may be considered inappropriate today. These are a reflection of past practices only and do not reflect the attitudes of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
The NGV is committed to making as much of the collection available on line as possible. Please note some of these records contain images of First Nations people and cultural practices. Please contact email@example.com if you have reason to believe any of these records contain sensitive, secret/sacred, and/or restricted content, and therefore should not be publicly available.
EXPLORE THE COLLECTION - A few examples:
Coogee - (c. 1840) Artist: UNKNOWN
Medium: watercolour. Measurements10.1 × 14.9 cm (image and sheet)Accession NumberA36-1979 Department Australian Prints & Drawings. Credit LineNational Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased, 1979. This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
State Library Of Victoria
Pittwater Online News has found a variety of materials here sourced for History pages as well as other great images, texts, music and Art.
Some Art examples:
Tasmanian Museum And Art Gallery
Explore online resources produced and collated by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's Centre for Learning and Discovery on a range of topics including Art, Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, history and climate change. Check back often. Fresh resources are published here as they become available.
Shaping Tasmania a Journey in 100 Objects is an online exhibition and gallery trail of objects from Tasmania’s State Collection, selected from the objects on display throughout the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. These objects explore significant events and movements that have helped create the Tasmania we know today. Visit HERE - NB: you can zoom in to see details of Objects.
A few other examples of what is available:
Benjamin Duterrau(1767-1851), The Conciliation, circa 1840, oil on canvas.
Object 84 from 100: TMAG states; -
Considered the first historical painting in the Australian colonies, Benjamin Duterrau’s The Conciliation is an idealised depiction of the British ‘Protector of the Aborigines’, George Augustus Robinson, at the centre of a group of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. It refers to Robinson’s role as a ‘conciliator’ between the Aborigines and white settlers during the period of 1829–1834, where the aim was to ‘civilise’ and ‘Christianise’ the Aboriginal population.
This process involved Robinson travelling around the island and gathering together the Aboriginal people, which eventually led to their transportation and segregation on Flinders Island. Here, many Aboriginal people died from disease and maltreatment, and Robinson’s efforts resulted in the decline of their population. The surviving 47 Aboriginal people were moved to Oyster Cove, back on the Tasmanian mainland, in 1847.
Duterrau’s painting is significant – not only because it romanticises Robinson as a heroic saviour, but also because he was the only colonial painter to concentrate on Robinson and the topic of the conciliation. Duterrau’s objective was to create a ‘National Picture’ which could “extend feelings of universal philanthropy” – rather than dwell on the problems of colonisation. The extent to which Duterrau idealises Robinson in this painting reflects this goal and perhaps tells us more about Duterrau’s Christian values than it does about the reality of the conciliation. Duterrau’s central placement of Robinson, the mystical gesture of his hand towards the heavens, and the collective focus of the Aboriginal people around him all portray Robinson as a Christ-like figure.
With such an emblematic portrayal of Robinson, the painting is considered the first example of allegorical – or ‘history’ – painting in the Classical style in Australia. This smaller version is also the study for Duterrau’s proposed epic (3.04 m x 4.26 m) National Picture – the search for which continues to inspire many art historians today.
Image: John H (Jackie) Robinson (1883-1953), Group of men holding waratah flowers at Seven Mile, near Waratah, Tasmania, c. 1920 (detail).
Worth Noting: The TMAG now has a female Chair of its Board of Trustees for the first time in its long history, following the appointment of Brett Torossi. The appointment was announced on February 24th, 2020. This is also the first time that two women have led the museum, with Ms Torossi joining TMAG Director Janet Carding, who has been reappointed for another five year term.
In addition, TMAG has also welcomed two new Trustees, Andrew Catchpole and Heather Rose, who have been appointed to three year terms.
Image: Brett Torossi pictured in the This Too Shall Pass exhibition gallery. TMAG photo
State Library Of Tasmania
Along with a great cache of resources, including Tasmanian archives and heritage, an elibrary, emusic, family history resoruces, and elanguages you can learn online, the State Library of Tasmania holds a vast collection of wonderful photographs of regattas or such luminaries as John Watt Beattie, along with Historic plans, Pictures, Maps and Prints.
To see Categories, visit: libraries.tas.gov.au/archive-heritage
A few examples:
Hobart Town from tower of St. David's Cathedral, 1857. Publication Information: Hobart : C. Abbott?, 1857. Item: AUTAS001139592695
Seated lady with flowers - 1893. Author/Creator: Mary Augusta Walker, 1856-1952. Digitised item from: Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office. Record ID: SD_ILS:673384
Art Gallery Of South Australia
The Art Gallery of South Australia has one of the largest art museum collections in Australia, comprising almost 45,000 works of art spanning 2000 years. Their collection includes paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, photographs and videos, textiles and clothing, ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery and furniture. Another glorious celebration of Australian Art as well as many other wonderful objects and images.
To date approximately 40% of collection records are available to view in the online collection.
H. J. Johnstone (1835-1907), A Billabong in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria, Australia. 1878 - On display, Gallery 3 - AGSA zoomable version here
Russell Drysdale, ( 1912 – 1981), Woman in a landscape, 1949- oil on composition board
International Museums - Tours Online: just search for your favourites and find their virtual options, examples;
British Museum, London
This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artefacts on this museum’s virtual tour.
Tate Modern Art Gallery 360 Virtual Tour
Gallery virtual tours around the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern during one of the art exhibitions for the Unilever Series. A collection of art gallery virtual tours, from world-renowned galleries like the Tate to smaller private galleries. Please click the thumbnails to view. Visit here.
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
Library of Congress - Washington
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research. Use the largest library in the world online by visiting: www.loc.gov
Smithsonian tour of the National Quilt Collection: USA
The National Quilt Collection had its beginnings in the 1890s when three quilts were included in a donation of 18th and 19th century household and costume items from one New England family. Since then, the collection has expanded to more than 400 items that cover three centuries of American history. These quilts represent a wide range of style, content, history, and even personality. But few are on exhibition at any given time. Now you can take a virtual behind-the-scenes tour on the museum’s website and see where the collection resides when not on public view.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
This wonderful museum holds European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.
MASP, São Paulo
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artefacts, including some from the Mayan civilisation.
Paris Museums Put 300,000 Works of Art Online: Download Classics by Monet, Cézanne
Fantastic! Visit: http://parismuseescollections.paris.fr/en
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
You can take a virtual walk through this popular gallery that houses the famous works of French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Stand/sit before artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
A very popular Korean museum can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.
Pergamon Museum, Berlin
As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there at present. This historical museum is home to many ancient artefacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Take a Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
This great painters' works can be viewed up close by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.