Delaware Art Museum opens virtual gallery

 (photo courtesy Del. Art Museum)

(photo courtesy Del. Art Museum)

Stuck inside too much this winter? Take a virtual trip to the Delaware Art Museum through their new online gallery. 

More than one thousand paintings, drawings and sculptures are now posted online, with much more to come. Using the eMuseum platform, anyone around the world can visit the Delaware Art Museum online.

The Museum’s Margaretta Frederick says some of the best known works, including some not currently on display at the physical museum in Wilmington, are available to view online. “Putting the collection online allows us to serve our diverse audiences more effectively through expanded access to collections-related information, images, and scholarship.” Frederick, who works as the museum’s chief curator, calls the online gallery, “an incredible opportunity.”

Visitors to the online gallery can search for specific pieces or even sort the art into their own saved collection. Over the next few years, the museum’s entire collection of 12,500 pieces will be posted to the virtual gallery.

The entire museum worth of art, which includes the largest collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art outside the United Kingdom, should be online by 2018. Museum leaders are looking for additional funding to help complete that five-year project. They’ve already received a $130,000 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as support from the Welfare Foundation.

You can view the online gallery by visiting the Delaware Art Museum’s website, delart.org.

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