Music in Art

Museums and Exhibits
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Museums and Exhibits

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Music
View a collection of around 110 images online from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, includes paintings, manuscript illuminations, instruments, and other objects related to music plus thematic essays.

Brooklyn Museum: Music
View a small selection of paintings and other objects with a musical theme.

Smithsonian: Music
View musical exhibitions and other related resources from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Official site for the museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Science of Music
An interactive exhibit that explores the science of music with a dot mixer, an online drum circle, movies, and more.

Experience Music Project
Browse highlights from past exhibition plus online features such as a guitar gallery timeline, hip hop timeline, Riot Grrrl retrospective, a harmony lesson and more.

Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum: The Business of Music
Browse selections from the collections online including sheet music, instruments, and recordings.

Image Collections

Joseph Muller Collection of Music and Other Portraits
From the NYPL Digital Gallery, a collection of over 5,048 portraits of mostly composers, and musicians, but includes music patrons, other artists, nobility, and philosophers as well.

Performing Arts Reading Room
Collections from the Music Division at the Library of Congress, a vast selection of materials representing the history of Western music.

Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz
The William P. Gottlieb Collection, contains over 1,600 photographs of jazz artists in New York City and Washington, D.C. from 1938 to 1948.

Musicians and Their Pets
A Yale University Music Library presentation that includes photographs of Cole Porter with his horse and dogs, Benny Goodman with his dogs and family, Deems Taylor with his cats, and several others.

WorldImages Kiosk
View a selection of paintings related to music, drama, and literature from the California State University IMAGE Project.


The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
An online research resource created by music specialists, includes images, audio samples, and essays. Browse by genre, subject, instrument, cultural group, and more.

UW: Music Library
Collection of major music research databases and resources compiled by the University of Washington music librarians.

The Mutopia Project
Collection of classical sheet music in the public domain, free to download and use for any purpose.

Music Australia
Australian music collections and information on musicians, organizations and services.

MusicMoz: Open Music Project
A large subject guide to music related resources, browse by style, region, release or browse bands and artists alphabetically.

BBC: Music
Guide to music including news, blogs, events, artists, albums, and more.

PBS: American Roots Music
Explores the roots of American blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, and Cajun music.

Smithsonian Jazz
Preserves and promotes jazz music, includes online classes on Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, and Louis Armstrong, plus history resources from the National Museum of American History and more.


PBS: American Masters Database: Music
Images and biographical information on a selection of accomplished American musicians.

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