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Whether you’re starved for culture or just need a virtual change up, several area museums offer exhibits that can be explored online while the physical spaces are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Take virtual tours of this Dover museum, thanks to its extensive collection of online videos. The narrated segments offer insights into the displayed works. You’ll almost think you’re on a docent-led tour.
406 Federal St., Dover • 674-2111
Spanning centuries, the Delaware Art Museum’s collections are partially available to view online. Segmented by category—which includes American illustration, Copeland Sculpture Garden and Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood—visitors can see and learn about the works of art, when they were created and discover more about the artist.
2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington • 571-9590
In an effort to keep the community connected to the museum’s dynamic exhibition programming of contemporary art and creativity, The Delaware Contemporary is now offering virtual tours on its website. Explore “Malice’s Restaurant” and “Look to the Land” now, and stay tuned for more to come.
200 S. Madison St., Wilmington • 656-6466
Explore Delaware history through a number of online videos. Topics range from yearbooks of yore to documents and clothing. The society also has an online exhibit dedicated to African American faith in the first state.
505 N. Market St., Wilmington • 655-7161
The Delaware Museum of Natural history’s online videos explore scientific collections—think fossils, mollusks, eggs and more—with museum curators, and offer behind the scenes looks at some of the museum’s exhibits. Check back for online animal presentations, and detailed pages about the museum’s exhibits.
4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington • 658-9111
Archives and collections are plentiful on Hagley’s website, giving visitors a good luck into the past. Explore slides from Alexis du Pont, discover an oral history of brewing or meander state fairs from the last century.
200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington • 658-2400
Milford’s historic past can be explored through over a dozen online exhibits on the Milford Museum’s website. From agriculture and businesses to streets and military, the museum’s collection has tons of history to sift through virtually.
121 S. Walnut St., Milford • 424-1080
Four Special Collections and Museums gallery spaces—including Mechanical Hall Gallery, the Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall, Old College Gallery and the Special Collections Gallery in Morris Library—display rotating exhibitions that are free and open to the public. These exhibitions are available to explore online as well, view the “Beat Visions and the Counterculture” exhibit here.
Home to nearly 90,000 artifacts, Winterthur contains one of the finest collections of American arts in the world. Visitors don’t need to explore the sprawling mansion and grounds to get a sense for the pieces, though. A digital museum collection offers a number of exhibitions, ranging from needlepoint to furniture to maps.
5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington • 888-4600
Know of a Delaware museum offering online exhibits during the coronavirus shutdown? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be glad to include them on our updated list!