The potential of online collections, virtual tours, and social media campaigns have always been there, but now the opportunity for impact is incalculable.
Access to endless open content. Educational resources for e-learning. Virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe. This is the museum technology community’s time to shine! If you’re a museum tech enthusiast looking to be part of the conversation, join one of MCN’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs). They are currently free for non-members so more can share resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This list will be continually updated with examples of museum and museum-adjacent virtual awesomeness. It is by no means exhaustive. Share more with us at @museumcn on Twitter!
Every resource is free to access and enjoy.
Much of it, though not all, is also open content, in the sense that it’s freely reusable and re-mixable under Creative Commons licensing. Open content is clearly labeled on its respective website.
- Google Arts & Culture: Tours of 500 of the world’s most famous museums
- Heritage on the Edge: A project of Google Arts & Culture
- Europeana: 50,000,000 European works of art, books, music, and more
- Smithsonian Open Access: Search 2.8 million images and 3D Models
- ArtUK: Art collections from 3,200 UK organizations
- Mexican Ministry of Culture: Short films, books, radio, paintings, from all cultural orgs
- Memorica: Open access Mexican culture content portal
- OpenGLAM: Aggregates 88 unique open collections
- NASA Image & Video Library: All NASA content is in the public domain
- DPLA: Digital Public Library of America
- MIMO: Musical Instrument Museums Online (64,000+ instruments)
- BioExplora: Natural science open collections portal (3D images, bio diversity)
- Archaeological Analytics: Archaeological Open Access Collections
- Digital Agnes: Canadian portal for curatorial research and online exhibitions
- English Heritage: Variety of mediums of British content (Podcasts, videos, etc.)
- Wikimedia Commons: Over 20,000,000 open images
- Wikidata: “The Sum of all Paintings” metadata initiative via Wikimedia
- GLAM Portals Google Search: Courtesy of Mia Ridge (context on her blog)
- Open Culture Coloring Pages: 113 museum coloring books
- Global Museum: Portal for museum news, jobs, and resources
- V21ArtSpace: Over 100 exhibit virtual tours
- Arte.tv: Cultural documentaries, films, and more.