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Art & Art History Research Guide

This guide will help you get started with your art research.

A Sampling of Art Museums


  • Metropolitan Museum of Art The Met's collection represents "more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe—from the first cities of the ancient world to the works of our time."

    • Also see: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History Art historical essays written by Met curators, chronologies, examples of artworks from various time periods and more.

    • 82nd and 5th Video visual analyses of Met artworks made by Met curators

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Modern and contemporary art museum in New York City housed in the Frank Lloyd Wright Building, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The Frick Collection "Internationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts."

  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco The site includes information on the museums in and around the city, upcoming exhibits, an image database, announcements, and a search engine.

  • The Hudson River Museum This homepage serves the museum, which is located in Yonkers, NY. The site includes information on exhibits, press releases, and funding.

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the achievements of women artists. -

  • The Louvre: The Louvre homepage provides links to special collections, history of the Louvre, activities, a virtual tour, and other pertinent information. The page may be accessed in languages other than French.

  • National Gallery of Art Homepage:  “The National Gallery of Art houses one of the finest collections in the world illustrating major achievements in painting, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present. Search the collection by specific artist, title, or a combination of criteria. Tour the collection by medium and school, or choose a Gallery Guide in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish (PDF format) for your visit. In-depth studies focus on artists and works of art.” (source: National Gallery of Art homepage.) The site provides data on more than 100,000 objects and works of art.

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum This is the Smithsonian Art Museum home page. It provides information on the museum’s present and future special exhibits and collections. Their 1001 days and nights of American Art is an online calendar in which each day has a representative box containing either information on art openings on that day or images taken from various exhibits.

Google Arts and Culture

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