A Selection of Virtual Museums

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The wonderful thing about “virtual museums” and “on-line exhibitions” is that you don’t need to leave the comfort of your couch in order to enjoy some extraordinary examples of photography.

The American Museum of Photography is “A Museum Without Walls… For An Art Without Boundaries.” It is currently featuring galleries on early modernist photography, images by Clarence H. White, and a celebration of 100 years of color photography, as well as many more exhibits on a wide range of subject matter.

The Smithsonian Online Photo Exhibitions are purposed to “introduce you to Smithsonian’s extraordinary collections of photographs and to an understanding of the integral roles photographs play in our lives.” A vast array of images are available for viewing, segregated into such galleries as click! Photography changes everything (a collaborative effort of essays and stories by invited contributors), America Photographs – The First Century, and Freeze Frame – Eadweard Muybridge’s Photography of Motion.

The Library of Congress Digital Collections and the extensive Prints and Photographs Online Catalog contain an immense archive of prints and photos. The intent of the digital collection is to “offer broad public access to these materials as a contribution to education and scholarship.” Many of the images contained in the catalog offer a rich historical insight into American life in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s.

Photo Credits – courtesy of the Library of Congress photostream on Flickr. In order of appearance:
- “Suffrage Straw Ride” – between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915
- “General view, I, Antwerp, Belgium” – between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900
- “5th Avenue Bus” – no date recorded on caption card

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