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The Addison at Home

If an in-person visit is not possible at this time, there are variety of ways to stay connected to the Addison. Take a virtual tour, browse our collection, find creative projects for kids, and follow us on social media for updates, to learn about artists and the collection, ask us questions, and more. 

Virtual Programs

Head over to the Virtual Programs page for information about the current season's online events!

​Visit Virtually

Explore current​ and p​ast​ exhibitions:​

Fall 2020
Wayfinding: Contemporary Artists, Critical Dialogues, and the Sidney​​ R. Knafel Map Collection
Fall 2020
Robert Frank: The Americans
Fall 2020
Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850–​1950​
Fall 2020
To Make Visible​: Art and Activism, 1980–​2000
Fall 2020
An Incomplete History of Photography: 1860s to 1960s​

​Winter 2019–​20
A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art​ and Ecology in 19th-Century AmericaCome As You Are: American YouthMan Up! Visualizing Masculinity in 19th-Century America

Watch recordings of recent virtual programs:  

Looking Closely: Civil War Painting and Photography (December 9, 2020)​​​
What can Civil War painting and photography tell us about how history is documented and authored? Jamie Kaplowitz Gibbons, head of education, and Dr. Tessa Hite, curatorial fellow, use educational and curatorial lenses to examine works by ​Alexander Gardner, Edward Lamson Henry, Winslow Homer, and more from the Addison's collection​​. This program was presented in conjunction with Memorial Hall Library​’s social and racial justice series. Recording courtesy of Memorial Hall Library, Andover, MA

Gallery Talk: To Make Visible: Art and Activism​ with Gordon Wilkins (November 18, 2020)​​​
Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works from the exhibition and discusses the ways in which artists use their work to hold a mirror up to the injustices of their time, combat apathy, and provoke change. This program was presented in conjunction with Memorial Hall Library’s social and racial justice series. Recording courtesy of Memorial Hall Library, Andover, MA

Making Strange: The Modernist Photobook in France (October 28, 2020)​
​​Dr. Kim Sichel​, associate professor of the history of photography and modern art, Boston University, discusses her new book exploring photobook innovation in France from the 1920s to 1950s. In addition to Robert Frank’s The Americans​, Sichel talks about seminal publications by artists such as Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, and Germaine Krull.

Gallery Tour with curator Gordon Wilkins (May 6, 2020)
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Wilkins leads viewers through A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America to discuss the complex histories and persistent impacts of the 19th-century European American relationship with the natural world​.​


Additionally, digital portfolios​ of recent permanent collection exhibitions, including A Wildness Distant from OurselvesMan Up!, and Expanding the Narrative: Recent Acquisitions, and many more, are also available online.​​

​​​​Explore the Collection​

Almost all of the Addison's 23,000-object collection is digitized and available on our website. Search for a specific work, or browse by artist, exhibition​, theme, or time period.


​For many works, there is an option to zoom in for ​a more detailed view. Get an up-close look at Winslow Homer's brushstrokes in Eight Bells, the han​d-carved symbols on the gilded frame of Thomas E​akins's Professor Henry​ A. Rowland, the variety of colors that make up Maria Oakey Dewing's A​ Bed of Poppies, and more.​​

Resources for Families​​​ ​

Curating Kit​​
  • Curate an exhibition using some of the most-loved works from the Addison's collection! Based on the magnetic "My Addison Gallery" kits that are usually available in our Looking Together tote bags, the #AddisonAtHome Curating Kit includes a blank gallery and miniature works of art to cut out and arrange.​

  • Here is a fun take on the trending hashtag #MuseumFromHome: make your own mini museum using all of​ the art projects that your kids might be making right now. Think about how your ideas can be enhanced through labels – the bits of writing that accompany objects in a museum that typically give some factual information such as:

    Artist’s Name (year of birth)
    Title, Year the artwork was made

    You can also add a few sentences of interpretation that go beyond what viewer’s already see to increase their understanding of the object. 

  • Create a mini pop-up gallery: visit for directions.

  • Collections + Museums: Communicating Cultural Value: Teacher, Student, and Family Guide offers ideas for using your personal collections or toys in creative ways.

  • Take virtual tours of museums from around the world to explore works of all media and time periods up close. 


​See Addison staff discuss exhibitions, the collection, museum history, and more:

  • ​​Looking Closely: A Harvest of Death (1863), a Civil War photograph:
    Curatorial Fellow Dr. Tessa Hite offers a close reading of Timothy O’S​​​ullivan’s A Harvest of Death, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1863 from Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, Volume I in the Addison's collection.​

Follow Us​​

​Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for a look at collection favorites as well as little-known and rarely or never-before exhibited gems. Learn about artists and the history of and stories behind the works, ask us questions, and tell us what you would like to see!

Instagram: @addisongalleryofamericanart

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