The Addison at Home
While the museum is temporarily closed, we want to share a 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. We wish you good health and safety and look forward to welcoming you again to the Addison Gallery of American Art.
virtual stroll through the Addison's first floor galleries and explore the exhibitions
A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America,
Come As You Are: American Youth, and
Man Up! Visualizing Masculinity in 19th-Century America. Phillips Academy student Dongcheng Han, class of 2023, produced this virtual tour in February to enable Addison fans and prospective fans to experience the museum from afar, and we are pleased to be able to share this resource during the museum's closure.
NEW! Go on a virtual tour of A Wildness Distant from Ourselves with curator Gordon Wilkins:
In this recording of a recent live presentation over Zoom, Wilkins leads viewers through the exhibition, discussing the complex histories and persistent impacts of the 19th-century European American relationship with the natural world.
digital portfolios of recent and planned permanent collection exhibitions, including
A Wildness Distant from Ourselves and
Man Up!, as well as
An Incomplete History of Photography: Civil War to Civil Rights,
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 hand-carved symbols on the gilded frame of Thomas Eakins's
Professor Henry A. Rowland, the variety of colors that make up Maria Oakey Dewing's
A Bed of Poppies, and
Resources for Families
- 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
bit.ly/addisonpopupgallery 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:
We are maintaining an active presence on Instagram and Facebook. Follow us 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, tell us what you would like to see, and look for updates about our plans upon reopening.