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We’re certain you already know this, but you should stay inside if you can! It’s an important part of ‘flattening the curve‘ and keeping the more susceptible folks around us alive and well. While we’ve already created free ebook guides and YouTube guides and all of that good stuff, there’s more you can do (with the help of the Internet) than read and watch TV!

Now is the perfect time to dig into the rich world of museum virtual tours. Museums all over the world (and throughout D.C.) offer online access to their collection, and walking through the Rijksmuseum or the Getty is a great way to check out some incredible art and get your mind off of coronavirus related stress.

Smithsonian Open Access

Search through the Smithsonian’s vast archives with their slick Open Access service. They have a bunch of 2D and 3D images on top of scientific data, and all of it is free to download. This is the perfect time to tighten up your Photoshop skills, so download some of these bad boys and start playing around.

National Gallery of Art

NGA has two online exhibitions you can scroll through right now with the help of Google Arts & Culture. Learn all about the Dutch Golden Age (and take a look at some striking Vermeer’s) or dive into the Index of American Design.

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While our doors may be closed, we’ll still bring the Gallery to you online. During our temporary closure, we’ll take you on a tour, gallery by gallery—each day we’ll focus on one room and the works of art on view within it. We’ll go into more depth through Instagram stories, hear from curators on their favorites, look closely, and learn more about the many triumphs of human creativity that hang on our walls. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Among art’s many powers is its ability to relieve stress. Every day on our stories, we’ll also share 15 seconds of zen in hopes that it brings a bit of peace to your lives. #MuseumFromHome #MyNGADC ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A viewer experiences Barnett Newman’s “Stations of the Cross” (1958–1966) in the Tower level of the East Building.

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National Portrait Gallery

NPG has a nice selection of online exhibitions for you to scroll through, including both of the Obama presidential portraits, the 2019 Outwin winners and more. What’s nice about NPG, is that you can also use Google Street View to “walk” through the museum.

Whitney Museum of American Art

Become an expert on literary realism, precisionism and more with the help of the Whitney. Your friends will think you’re very impressive when you tell them all about the things you’ve learned over Skype / Zoom / whatever.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Wind your way through the circular halls of the Guggenheim without ever leaving your couch (because you really shouldn’t leave unless you have to). Check out some glasswork, some contemporary art from Southeast Asia or just soak up the soothing architecture of this incredible museum.

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#WorkoftheWeek: Alma Thomas was integral to the Color Field movement that emerged in Washington, D.C., during the 1960s, but her unmistakable compositions, often described as “musical,” indicate a path separate from those of her contemporaries. Whereas others produced flat, precise compositions and soaked paint into raw canvas, Thomas laid out short and uneven—though controlled—brushstrokes on primed surfaces. Her works of the 1960s focus on primary and intermediate colors, applied in a dense gestural style, while her works of the 1970s, including “Cherry Blossom Symphony” (pictured), display a more muted palette, with gradual shifts in color peeking from behind a monochrome veil. She drew inspiration from her surroundings, including the play of light on trees and flowers, such as the springtime bloom of cherry blossoms. __ “Cherry Blossom Symphony” (1972) is on view in #TheFullnessofColor through August 2. Plan your visit at guggenheim.org/fullnessofcolor Photo: David Heald #AlmaThomas #Guggenheim #WomensHistoryMonth #5WomenArtists

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The J. Paul Getty Museum

You can use Street View to walk through the Getty (which I absolutely recommend) but they also have two digital exhibitions that look fascinating. One is called Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well and the other is Eat, Drink, and Be Merry. Tell me more.

The British Museum

This scrollable timeline takes you through the history of art, culture, religion, politics, war and more. It’s also very soothing to scroll fluidly through history. It makes me feel like I’m in control of time.

Musée d’Orsay

I’ve never been to Paris IRL, but walking through the empty galleries of the incredibly beautiful Musée d’Orsay is equal parts calming and enchanting.


This is your free pass to one of the most famous museums in the world. This baby covers 800 years of art and history, including all your favorite Dutch artists like Rembrandt and Vermeer. Plus, the museum itself is a work of art. Its recent renovation was a 10 year project that was chronicled in the documentary The New Rijksmuseum, which is recommended viewing if you want to know more.


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