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Art Museum Learning Resources

You can't beat seeing art in person, but these websites and apps offer the next best thing. From digitized collections to art history timelines to virtual tours of museums, these picks offer a full suite of resources for the art classroom.

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Asian Art Museum

Inventive lessons and activities integrate Asian history, art, and more

Bottom line: It offers an in-depth look at Asia’s influence on art and history and provides lots of creative tools for educators.


Whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of art

Bottom line: A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.

MoMA Art Lab

Interactive projects, cool prompts, and famous works inspire creation

Bottom line: The overall experience is very open-ended, making it easy to bounce between creating and exploring art.

Smithsonian Education Students

Kid-friendly access to museum resources on wide range of topics

Bottom line: Even given some limitations, the site is filled with ways for kids to explore meaning in historical artifacts, scientific data, and art.

Color Uncovered

Engaging ebook combines art with science in playful ways

Bottom line: Color Uncovered is a great way to enhance an art curriculum or to bring a more playful and artistic side to science.

Faking It

What did we do before PhotoShop? How pre-digital images were altered

Bottom line: Faking It is a fascinating glimpse into how people altered photographs before the digital age, but it's likely to leave users wanting more.

Google Arts & Culture

Excellent curation and an unmatched art collection invites exploration

Bottom line: A one-stop shop for a vast amount of compellingly curated and contextualized art, but it's lacking educator supports.


Museum companion can stand alone as a modern art resource

Bottom line: Free access to a wealth of images with detailed commentary from artists and curators makes this a great arts education resource.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

History and art intersect on the Met's vast, reading-centric site

Bottom line: This resource from the Metropolitan Museum of Art beautifully illustrates art's evolution and is great for research, but more interactivity would help balance out the text-heavy content.

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