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.
Head over to the
Virtual Programs page for information about the current season's online events!
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 2020.
Go on a virtual gallery tour with curator Gordon Wilkins:
In this recording of a live presentation over Zoom, 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.
digital portfolios of recent and current permanent collection exhibitions, including
A Wildness Distant from Ourselves and
Man Up!, as well as
Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850–1950,
An Incomplete History of Photography: 1860s to 1960s,
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
- 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
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:
- Looking Closely: A Harvest of Death (1863), a Civil War photograph:
Curatorial Fellow Dr. Tessa Hite offers a close reading of Timothy O’Sullivan’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 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!