Monday, May 29, 2006

Smithsonian American Art Museum Website with Blog and Podcasts

To accompany its newly refurbished building, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has a bright new website. Some of the highlights include a blog to discuss the art at the museum, a collection of student podcasts about specific pieces, and Meet Me at Midnight, a clever animated tour/game for kids.

Like most museum websites, there are links to information for visiting its buildings, showing directions and parking. There is also an image search for the works in the collection. I really like this painting of Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler by John Singer Sargent, which unlike the new book has a background story about the painting. Another great work is The Girl Left Behind by Eastman Johnson.

Students can get more from the website than from the new book.

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