While you don’t have the pleasure of enjoying the magnificent Warburg House , you can experience the collection of The Jewish Museum. Audio tours highlight some of its treasures. You can also hear conversations with some artists. Just click on the “audio tours” button on the top bar of the homepage. The Cradle of Aviation Museum offers a photo gallery of its exhibits and panoramic views of each room. Click through each to see the history of aviation from balloon baskets to space exploration.
Do you need a dose of fine art? The Heckscher Museum of Art’s collection online can be browsed by collection or searched by artist’s name. And the Museum of Modern Art has audio commentary about works in the collection and special exhibits.
While the Library does not have passes to The Metropolitan Museum of Art or to the American Museum of Natural History, their online offerings are impressive and a delightful way to while away some time. The beloved Met’s homepage feature “Experience the Met, Anywhere” offers many ways to enjoy the Met’s treasures remotely. There is the Timeline of Art History for an overview of art and global culture. Or check out a variety of audio guides for current exhibitions . If you want to experience the impressive museum galleries, take a look at some of the offerings of the Met 360° where you can visit the Great Hall, the Temple of Dendur as well as the Cloisters.
From home it is easy to get from the Met to the American Museum of Natural History. There’s no need even to cross Central Park! Just click to take a tour of the wonders of the American Museum of Natural History. You can also enjoy the Google Arts and Cultural Tour ( I think the Pacific Northwest Coast People is a fascinating look at the collection process; and for some fun watch the video about the real life exhibits used in the “Night at the Museum” movies!)
No need to be bored during these days of semi-confinement. Explore, enjoy and learn!
-posted by Brenda, Reference Services