Virtual Museums From Around The World

ArticleDashboard doesn't allow excessive links in any of their articles, so I had to replace the links (to the various museums) with (Google It) I had the links in place originally, but they didn't like it. Sometimes, general rules just don't work for every article. But...this is what happens when every article is treated the same.

One day last month while meandering around Evansville, Indiana, I ended up at the Evansville Museum. I hadn't been there in about 30 years so I thought it might be fun to check things out. What a wonderful idea that turned out to be. When I got back home, I decided to check on the Internet and see what it had to offer in the way of museums. I wasn't disappointed. Evansville's museum can be found at (Google it!)

If you'd like to visit museums around the world, the best place to start is at (Google it). This is the homepage of "Virtual Library Museums Pages" and it has links to most of the major museums around the world arranged by country. I clicked on USA and 965 websites were returned. If you decide to investigate some of the museums in the United States, don't fail to check out the lesser known ones as well. Sites like "The Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania" at (Google It). You'll find links to various coal mines and the stories of the miners who worked in them. It was quite fascinating.

A site that will take you hours to explore is the Museum of Science and History on-line. This is the largest science museum in the western hemisphere. It's at (Google it). This site has dozens of interactive exhibits that allow you to travel via your computer in and around some of the best exhibits the museum has to offer. Be sure you have "QuickTime Video" installed so you can watch the online movies. If you have a few days to kill, (Better make that a month!) log onto (Google it). This is the Smithsonian Institution's website. As you can imagine, the site is awesome. I wouldn't even attempt to review this site here; it's just too big. I'll let you find out for yourself.

These are just a smidgen of the 900+ museums that have websites on-line in the United States. Now let's look at a few of the other 83 countries that are listed.

My first choice is Italy. There are 247 museums in Italy's database. As with most foreign countries, English may or may not be the language of choice. Even so¦Italy's ART is what I am really interested so words are not nearly so important. Check out (Google it) and (Google it) the Leonardo Museum. There are dozens of historical, archeological and science museums to choose from.

Next on my list is France, mainly because of the Louvre. (Google it) Log in and take the virtual tour through the Louvre. This website is in English so you won't have to bone-up on your French to enjoy it. You'll find some of the worlds most magnificent paintings in the Louvre. Click on them for full-screen views. Of course, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is the star attraction.

My other favorites were Egypt (Egyptian Museum), Russia (Moscow Kremlin Museum), and China (Beijing Historical Museums). Each of the 83 countries listed has dozens if not hundreds of museums where you can explore to your hearts content. That's the beauty of virtual museums to begin with. Being able to explore what you want, when you want. And because of the way the websites are set up, you can move around in many of these museums just as if you were actually there.