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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. On this list you'll find digitized versions of world-class art and history collections from institutions like the Smithsonian and MOMA. There are also timelines and articles to put artwork in context, as well as super cool virtual tours that show students how work is curated and displayed in museums worldwide. Many of the tools on this list also have teaching resources, including lesson plans and professional development to make implementation easier. Dive in and find something new for your art, history, ELA, or STEAM 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.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Powerful stories and media centralize African-American history

Bottom line: While there aren't ready-to-go curricular materials, this modern, well-curated, and well-contextualized digital collection is sure to inspire compelling lessons.

Smithsonian Folkways

Text-centric world music site could use more activities, music

Bottom line: Kids won't hear every tune in its entirety, but Smithsonian Folkways' resources can help them comprehend and appreciate cultural music.

Smithsonian's History Explorer

Lessons, activities, artifacts, artfully presented by the Smithsonian

Bottom line: A fantastic resource for kids and teachers alike, it has everything you need to fall in love with history.

MetKids

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.

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.

Google Arts & Culture

Excellent curation and an unmatched art collection invite exploration

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

MoMA

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.

Smarthistory

Bring traditional art education to life with fresh, interactive multimedia

Bottom line: A worthy supplement to an art history or humanities class.

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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