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Welcome to the
World Wide Web (WWW)
Virtual Library museums pages (VLmp)
A comprehensive directory of on-line museums
and museum-related resources
relocate to a more local VLmp site if response is slow.
if you would like to maintain information on a particular topic,
or support / sponsor the pages in some way.
For additions to a particular page, please contact the
Currently the main page receives thousands of
"visitors" each week.
You are virtual "visitor" number:
(since August 1994)
Museums and the Web: An International Conference
MW2004, Arlington, Virginia, USA, March/April 2003.
MW2003, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, March 2003.
2003 Best of the Web awards.
supported by the
International Council of Museums
This is the recommended
URL for VLmp.
Please update your
original VLmp site, founded in 1994, was located at
Oxford University, but this has been superseded by the
main ICOM site
If response is slow, please
choose a more local VLmp site.
The following are official
ICOM sites and are normally updated daily:
The following additional mirror sites may be updated less frequently:
Now select a page from the
contents list below.
Items starting with
are recently added items.
Starred items marked
have large collections and/or are especially recommended.
If enough people ask for a star to be added to an item I will do so!
These pages provide an eclectic collection of
services connected with
The related separate WWW Virtual Library information on
history of art
may be of interest.
This section features new additions to the
museums pages which are (subjectively) recommended.
EXPO Ticket Office
(funded by the Library of Congress).
This gives an early and recommended tour around some WWW exhibits if
you are not sure what to want to see. Like all good museums, it has a
(formerly the WebLouvre),
Visit here if you like art.
The site won a
1994 Best of the Web award.
Virtual Museum of Computing.
Includes an eclectic collection of hyperlinks connected with the
history of computing and on-line computer-based exhibits available both
locally and around the world.
17 April 2003:
Museophile discussion forums.
Museum-related announcements, discussion and mailing lists.
Honorable mention in the
2003 Best of the Web awards at the
24 February 2002:
A directory of museum stores and shops.
8 March 2000:
National Museum of Colombia.
Foremost Colombian museum, in Spanish.
11 November 1999:
Instituto Latinoamericano de Museologia (ILAM), South America.
directory of Latin American museums by country.
13 July 1999:
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Peterburg, Russia.
English and Russian.
14 May 1999:
24 Hour Museum, UK.
UK museum portal
Museums Week, including the
Young 24 Hour Museum for children.
14 March 1999:
Walker Art Center, USA.
Overall winner of the
MW99 Best of the Web awards.
14 November 1998:
First major Pacific island country museum Web site.
21 October 1998:
National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic.
Information available in
Czech and English.
25 September 1998:
Culture and Arts of the Azerbaijan Republic Web site.
23 April 1998:
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA.
Best overall site winner in the
Best of the Web competition at the
Museums and the Web conference, Toronto, Canada,
22-25 April 1998.
8 March 1998:
National Museums of Kenya and
National Museum of Namibia.
Two of the first major museum Web sites from central Africa.
regional Kenyan museums.
5 February 1998:
Château de Versailles, near Paris, France.
16 November 1997:
The Getty, California, USA.
The Getty Center is now open.
14 November 1997:
National database of
25 July 1997:
Scottish Cultural Resource Access Network, a UK Millennium Project,
officially launched today, including
19 March 1997:
Exploratorium, San Francisco, USA.
Winner of the
Best Museum Site of 1997
Museums and the Web conference, Los Angeles, USA,
16-19 March 1997.
7 March 1997:
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA.
6 February 1997:
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.
Includes QuickTimeVR Virtual Reality of some of
the galleries and an
index of artists with some images such as
The Birth of Venus.
15 January 1997:
Finnish Museums Association.
(Also in Finnish and Swedish.)
alphabetical list of museums
by location and
4 January 1997:
Art Museum Network
Official Web site for the largest art museums in North America.
Choose a museum by region.
5 December 1996:
Florida Association of Museums
Includes listings of all
Florida's museums selectable by a location map,
with links to museum Web sites where available.
7 November 1996:
Boston and New England museums
Excellent local guide to museums by type and location.
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island
and Vermont are covered.
18 October 1996:
List of museums in Egypt and
international museums with Egyptian collections
7 October 1996:
British Museum, London, UK.
13 September 1996:
Museums of Russia and
(In English and
31 July 1996:
Museums and exhibitions in Switzerland.
(Also in French,
German and Italian.)
5 July 1996:
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, USA.
the collection and
27 June 1996:
National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
Australian Museums On Line (AMOL), providing a
national museum directory and on-line
searching of museum collections.
21 June 1996:
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada.
In French and
English, making good use of moving graphical images.
20 June 1996:
Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London, UK.
The largest decorative arts museum in the world.
12 February 1996:
Cultural map of Greece,
Hellenic Ministry Of Culture.
Part of the
Hellenic Culture information server.
15 January 1996:
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, Canada.
Just about everything, including children's activities and
on-line artifact identification.
1 January 1996:
De Museumserver, the Netherlands.
international museums on the Internet.
12 December 1995:
Natural History Museum, London.
The UK's first museum Web server's have been completely
Virtual Reality fossils using
24 November 1995:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
One of the largest art
collections in the world.
16 August 1995:
Deutsches Museum, Munich.
Science and technology.
German Historical Museum, Berlin,
with links to other
(In German and English.)
14 July 1995:
Le Louvre, Paris.
Information from the (real!) Louvre.
English and other languages.)
30 May 1995:
French Minstry of Culture.
discovery of a Palaeolithic painted cave
near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc on 25 December 1994.
(Information in English and French.)
8 May 1995:
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Major reorganization of the WWW pages, now
second sourced by
25 April 1995:
Science Museum, London.
Information Superhighway exhibition opened today.
11 April 1995:
A virtual tour of the Acropolis.
Worth waiting for the wonderful views.
11 April 1995:
Treasures Digitisation Project, including the
Magna Carta, which can be viewed at
20 March 1995:
Exhibitions in the ether.
The Times Higher Education Supplement,
Multimedia features section, page xii, 10 March 1995.
13 March 1995:
Vatican City museums and virtual exhibits.
Includes many virtual tours such as the
8 March 1995:
Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria.
On-line exhibits, including
Empires Beyond the Great Wall: the Heritage of Genghis Khan.
2 March 1995:
The Computer Museum, Boston.
The Computer Clubhouse on-line art gallery,
an educational outreach program.
11 January 1995:
French National Center for Art and Culture
Also in French.
5 January 1995:
Ontario Science Centre, Toronto & the
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec.
Reorganization of the museums pages
Virtual Library museums pages (VLmp) are
supported by the
International Council of Museums.
National committees are particularly encouraged to set up VLmp
resources for their country / region (see below).
Due to the large number of museums being added to the museums pages
(at least one per day), the list is gradually being split into
country or region. It is also being distributed
on the network to different maintainers in charge of
The first distributed page was for
Sweden, maintained by Cary Karp.
Further distribution is encouraged, as are more
mirror sites to improve
speed of access around the world.
If you wish to maintain a
VLmp list of museums for a country
please use the
example page as a starting point and
contact me the
URL when available for possible linking into the VLmp
Make sure that links to other resources within your site
(e.g., a local language version of the page)
use absolute URLs
to ensure that they still work at mirror sites.
VLmp files are accessible with
specially modified hyperlinks via
anonymous FTP from the
VLmp FTP directory
(also accessible using
London South Bank University, UK.
These files are updated nightly around midnight GMT.
mirror sites are welcome to copy the files in this
directory on a regular basis (at least weekly)
to provide further VLmp sites.
send me the
URL for such sites once set up for possible linking
from the main
VL museums page. As an incentive, if linked your site will
also receive a prominent hyperlink at the start of the main page
to encourage visitors.
technical information is available.
Offers of help,
support, sponsorship, etc., are welcome, as are
suggestions for further facilities. Please accept my apologies that I
cannot guarantee to reply to all email.
Not all museums can be added to the VLmp resource at the moment
due to lack of manpower, but all messages are saved for
future addition in due course.
information submission form is available.
The page has been
POINTreview in its
museums category as being in the "top 5%" of WWW pages.
Recommended by the
Google search engine.
VLmp Persistent URL (PURL)
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