On the Net
Museums make use of the Internet
February 3, 1997
Web posted at: 3:30 p.m. EST
From Correspondent Brian Nelson
(CNN) -- Museums are taking to the Internet in increasing
numbers, offering previews of what's to be found at the
actual museum -- peeks at the treasures inside for those who
can't make the trip or those looking to maximize their time.
First stop: the Met
Art lovers from around the world often make New York's
Metropolitan Museum their first stop in
A stroll through the museum's Web site can help you better
organize your time in the mammoth display area. Interested in
Islamic art? How about the French impressionists? It's all
there on the Met's home page.
Even if a trip to Fifth Avenue isn't in your plans, you can
learn about technique -- light, color, composition and motion
-- on the education pages.
And if a stop at the gift shop crosses your mind after
crossing the Delaware, you can order prints and posters
Film buff heaven
Preserving great works of art from the silent screen is one
mission of the American Film Institute.
The AFI Web site shows you how this
salvation and restoration process is done.
And after you grab a bowl of popcorn, settle in to watch
Charlie Chaplin's 1916 classic, "The Rink," the site's
current VDOLive feature.
America's treasure house online
The Smithsonian's home page offers a key to the
vast resources of the national museums of the United States.
Visitors can follow their curiosity from the lively history
of American jazz -- with guide Lena Horne -- to the birth of
a rhino at the National Zoo, to the real and fictional heroes
of the skies at the most-visited of its sprawling displays,
the National Air and Space Museum.
And the serious researcher can tap into the Smithsonian's
Online Research Information System from the site's resources
and tours page.
The wonder of science
The diversity at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is
almost overwhelming, and its online exhibits
match the wonder of the real thing.
In a childhood fun and fantasy land, there's a diamond
studded doll house. A German U-boat captured in 1944 provides
an intriguing glimpse of World War II.
And there are even some cute chicks -- a QuickTime movie
provides a fascinating look at the hatching of an egg.
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