Virtual Museum Shows

With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America – Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

This digital tour offers visitors a look at MOCA’s permanent exhibit With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America. Viewers can digitally walk through the space while listening to narration in English, Mandarin, or Cantonese. There is also a YouTube video option, presented by Urbanist Live and the Associate Curator of MOCA, Andrew Rebatta.

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In the Galleries – Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

At MoMA, there isn’t any specific video presentation of the permanent or temporary exhibit spaces. Instead, visitors are left to explore the museum very much in the way they would in person, moving from room to room as works catch their eye. Special exhibits are at the top of the page, then the permanent collection is broken down by time periods and then by topics. There’s also a separate area for audio, narrated by collection curators, if you don’t want to go through the gallery pages. It’s an interesting approach and far more laid back than you would expect from a world-class institution.

Exterior, Grand Central Terminal. Photo by Photo by Lāsma Artmane on Unsplash

Grand by Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal – New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum has Grand by Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal. It’s an incredibly comprehensive dive into the history of the terminal from drawing board to landmark destination with easily understood snippets of info and lots of archival images. Favorite fact: at one time there was an art gallery on the premises, as well as an art school and our favorite section: ‘Ask Me’, interviews with experts who know GCT inside and out.

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Online Learning Lab – Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

Explore facets of the collection, watch videos of creators at work, and learn more about aspects of design ideas in the Online Learning Lab section of MAD. One of the best parts of the museum is how they’ve put almost all of their collection online: it makes a big difference to students, educators, and general audiences to see such a treasure trove so easily. Objects are generally defined by material, but there’s a search box available for a more precise look at this outstanding archive of images.