Online Museums

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Fine Art: Learn, Look, and Buy

The list of topics in fine art is as long as the line to see the Mona Lisa. And while at the Louvre you have no choice but to wait, on the Web, you can explore at your own pace, whether you're a beginner or an expert. If you want to learn about art and its history, explore online museums, research galleries, read art magazines, or buy and sell artwork, the Internet has all the resources you need.

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Online Museums

Starved for art but short on time? Although certainly no substitute for the real thing, you can virtually “visit” almost any museum from the comfort of your own home. Not only will you avoid traffic, crowds, and the price of admission, you’ll also be privy to images that are accompanied by valuable resources and educational material. In most cases, you can search for artists, time periods, movements, or specific works. Depending on the site, you can view entire special exhibits or take audio tours.

You might also benefit from a “trip” to an online-only museum. There are some sites constructed as museums that are not affiliated with any live venue but have vast selections of easily searchable artwork. These destinations make it easy to find exactly what you're looking for, and often allow you to print or use images, and find links for further research.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • If you intend to visit a particular museum physically, you can usually find links on the museum’s homepage that will help you plan your real-world visit. Whether you're getting a preview of special exhibitions, buying tickets in advance, or just looking up hours and directions, a preliminary trip to a museum's site can save you time and enhance your trip.
  • Some museum exhibits, especially those that contain additional audio or video content, may require you to download a plug-in like Real Player. Simply follow the site’s instructions.
  • Almost every museum has a Web site. The ones featured in this guide were selected for their excellent online galleries, but if you don’t find a museum you’re looking for, search with one of the museum directories.

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