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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
View over 1,400 highlights, search more than 300,000 objects, or browse works of art and thematic essays in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, dating from prehistory to the present day and covering cultures across the globe.

Guggenheim Museum
Museum of modern and contemporary art with online educational and interactive resources, and highlights from the permanent collection.

MFA Boston
Explore works in the museum through more than 270 thematic interactive tours or browse the online collection of more than 450,000 ranging in date from ancient to contemporary.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
View objects in the online collections dating from prehistory to the present day including contemporary and new media art, also includes educational resources and online exhibitions.

Walker Art Center
Museum of modern and contemporary art with a searchable database of materials in the collection and a selection of photographs on Flickr.

Vatican Museums
Take a virtual tour of the museums online including Raphael's Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, also includes online exhibitions with photo galleries and highlights with in-depth information.

Smithsonian Institution
Hosts a searchable collection of objects numbering in the millions, spanning cultures around the globe and ranging from the ancient to the contemporary, plus well over 300 in-depth exhibitions online.

The Detroit Institute of Arts
Search the collection of more than 60,000 items dating from the 1830s to the present in all major cultures covering mediums including architecture, performance arts, costume, design, and visual arts.

Seattle Art Museum
Browse highlights from the permanent collection of over 23,000 objects including works from Northwest, Native and Mesoamerican cultures, a selection of highlights include in-depth resources.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Online collections of American, Asian, and European art, as well as Dutch ceramics, European arms and armor, plus modern and contemporary works by self-taught artists.

Browse or search the collection of over 30,000 modern and contemporary works of art, also includes research resources and exhibition highlights.

Carnegie Museum of Art
More than 76,000 works in the online database including items from the collection of the Heinz Architectural Center, photographs from the Teenie Harris collection as well as sculpture, paintings, works on paper, and works in other mediums.
View works from the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park with mostly American art dating from around 1670 to today plus works from other cultures. Also view items from the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park which contains mostly European paintings and sculpture in addition to ancient works from the Near East.

Harvard University Art Museums
Explore German art in all media dating from around 601 to the present, Western art from the 14th century to the present in all media, and ancient Asian and Islamic works.

Museum of International Folk Art
Holds a collection of more than 125,000 objects and hosts a number of online exhibitions.

The Israel Museum
Works of art from Jerusalem, Israel ranging from ancient to contemporary.

Hecht Museum
An archeology museum with 19th century French Impressionist works, as well as 19th and 20th century Jewish art that you can view online.

MUVA Virtual Museum of Arts
Travel through a virtual museum and explore Uruguayan art.

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
An American decorative and fine art museum with objects dating from around 1630 to 1860.

Rosenbach Museum and Library
A decorative and fine arts museum with a limited selection of highlights for view online.

The Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum
View highlights online from the museum's collections of ancient musical instruments, arms and armor, paintings, decorative arts, Egyptian and Near Eastern art, and Greek and Roman antiquities.

The Andy Warhol Museum
View artwork by Andy Warhol online including early works and self portraits, also includes in depth biographical information as well as materials for further research.

Folger Shakespeare Library
A library and research center with works of art online many of which focus on Shakespeare, view paintings, manuscripts, costumes and related materials.

National Postal Museum
View postal related objects such as stamps, mailboxes, mail trucks, and photographs, also includes a number of online exhibitions.


NGA: Dolls
Dolls from the Index of American Design, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Philadelphia Doll Museum
Collects and preserves black dolls, and maintains a library of black history documents and artifacts.

Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art
Doll museum for collectors and enthusiasts.

Wisconsin Historical Museum: The Doll Collection
View over 1,200 dolls organized by time period, region, material, collector, and category.

Enchanted Mansion
A life size replica of a Victorian doll house with rare antique and one of a kind artisan dolls, all proceeds benefit a foundation for the handicapped.

Ten Dreams: Dolls of the World
Images of art dolls in The Paul Crees Collection, and by artists Alexandra Koukinova, Eveline Frings, and others.

Kitting & Needlework

The Hook & The Book
A virtual exhibition from The Library Company of Philadelphia featuring crochet and knitting in late nineteenth century American popular culture.

The Sampler Collection
View around 64 images of needlework samplers from the Wisconsin Historical Museum collections.

The Needlepoint Museum
Collection of unique and unusual works of art done in needlepoint.

Guides and Directories

Art Project by Google
View high resolution works of art from a selection of the world's major museums.

Art Museums of the World
Art museums listed by topic from MuseumStuff.

Art Museums Worldwide
Guide to fine art museums on the internet from Artcyclopdia.

Mother: Museums
Links to museums and organizations around the world.

Links to official museum sites worldwide.

MoOM: The Museum of Online Museums
Features a regularly updated list of interesting and unique online art collections and exhibitions.

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