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The Canadian Museum of Civilization intends to put its entire collection online. Currently this searchable site gives web access to approximately 50,000 records.

The Library of Congress provides a search engine to its online collections as part of its American Memory project. Comprehensive data on more than 100,000 objects in the

National Gallery of Art is accessible online. More than 4000 include digitalized images.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's searchable data base includes images of more than half their collections. Many can be examined in detail with a zoom feature. Viewers can create their own virtual galleries drawing from the collections.


Australian Museums OnLine (AMOL) maintains a list of conservation organizations and resources

Conservation OnLine (CoOL) at Stanford University provides an extensive list of links to conservation resources.


Museum Computer Network is an organization dedicated to computer technologies as a cultural tool.

Arts Humanities Data Services provides access to 5000 databases in the United Kingdom.

The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) offers training for museum professionals as well as comprehensive data on Canadian museums.


The Education Department of the Smithsonian Institution is an incredibly rich resource for teachers.

San Francisco's Exploratorium is not just for kids! The online exhibits on this site come to life through its wonderful use of sound and motion.


The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science has a brief listing on a web evaluation study conducted by John Chadwick, then a graduate student and now working for John Falk. Chadwick's complete paper on the methodology and the results is posted online at the Museums and the Web 99 site.

The Association of Science-Technology Centers maintains an online resource center for visitor studies:


Colonial Williamsburg has an extensive website, with a marketing-driven popular approach to history. Look at the Plan Your Trip pages particularly to see a highly professional job of packaging the park as an ideal tourist destination.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art has perfected the web approach to membership, with a special Net Member category. Their museum store is a significant source of revenue and they even sell cultural tours online.


The Museum Resource Board is just one of many sites that list job openings, internships and post resumes for free

Alliance of American Museums Careers and Job HQ


The Art Museum Image Consortium, a group of 25 major American art museums, is making its collections available online. While much of the detailed information will be sold on a subscription basis to other public institutions, a searchable catalog of pictures and limited data is now online.

Artsconnected combines the educational resources of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to bring art to students via the Net.

NINCH is an organization of over 70 associations and individual cultural institutions dedicated to using the web to share digitalized resources.

Australian Museums On Line is the product of a collaboration between government and museums to provide public access to information about the country's heritage collections.

Science Learning Network is a site maintained by a group of science museums and schools using the Web to further inquiry-based education.


Museums and the Web, an annual conference, has conference papers and proceedings online for each of its meetings since 1997.