(Today's great post comes from writer Karen Schweitzer- Thanks Karen)
Experiencing the most significant works of art does not necessarily mean an expensive trip to a far away museum. Many museums now offer interactive, or in some cases 3D, exhibits and experiences that can be enjoyed online. Here is a list of 15 online museums and art galleries you can visit today.
Louvre Museum - One of the world's greatest museums, the Louvre Museum offers an interactive 3D website with in-depth content. Online visitors can view the museums 175,000 permanent pieces and experience the building and its history in 3D.
Museum of Modern Art - Dedicated to modern and contemporary art, this museum contains a huge online database for exploration and learning. You can experience the museum through works, video, and audio.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known as The Met, contains a permanent exhibit of over 2 million pieces. The online museum also contains a large searchable database of The Met's permanent collection for online viewers to explore.
CAMIO - The CAMIO or Catalog of Art Museums Images Online contains a huge database of 95,000 art images online. This database of rights-cleared images for educational use features images along with audio, video, and multimedia.
Smithsonian Institute - The Smithsonian Institute is a magnificent educational and research facility housing the world's largest museum complex. Their online site features a virtual database of art, science, and history museum exhibits.
The Tate - This national art gallery houses the greatest collection of British art. The Tate features large full color pictures of its entire collection online along with in-depth explanations.
Olga's Gallery - With over 10,000 works of art, Olga's Gallery is dedicated to bringing quality artwork to the Internet. This online gallery features artwork from around the world, including the top 20 artists in history.
The National Gallery of Canada - One of the world's most respected art museums, The National Gallery of Canada (NGC), features over 10,000 images of the permanent collection online.
The State Hermitage Museum - With a high-resolution digital gallery, The State Hermitage Museum is a great place to closely examine art pieces online. The gallery offers up-close views so that visitors can see all of the details of the piece.
The National Gallery - The National Gallery provides a large collection of Western European paintings. The entire collection of 2,300 paintings is available online through high quality images.
Seattle Art Museum - The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has more than 23,000 pieces in their permanent collection, some of which can be viewed online.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) allows you to explore 4,446 pieces of the permanent collection online. The Artscope visual browser offered by SFMOMA provides a unique virtual experience for online visitors.
Whitney Museum of American Art - The Artport, offered by the Whitney Museum of American Art, allows online visitors to experience the museum online. The museum's collection can be explored through audio, video, and pictures.
The Art Institute of Chicago - This online museum site gives you digital access to most of the permanent collection. The Art Institute of Chicago also features an Art Explorer for exploration of the Impressionist and Post Impressionist collection.
Addison Gallery of American Art - The Addison Gallery in Andover, Massachusetts features their entire permanent collection online. Web visitors can view the gallery through a variety of browsers.
Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes for OnlineCollege.org.