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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.​

​​​​*NEW* Virtual Programs​​

We are pleased to offer additional virtual gallery talks led by Addison curators. The programs are free, but space is limited; be sure to sign up below to reserve your spot! ​​

An Incomplete History of Photography: Civil War to Civil Rights with Curator Tessa Hite
Set to open later this year, this exhibition includes depictions of Civil War battlefields, the American West, turn-of-the-century and Depression-era living conditions, geometric abstractions, and Civil Rights protests. Join Curatorial Fellow Tessa Hite on Zoom for a sneak peek at her research and planning for the exhibition, as she explores​​​ key moments in the development of photography and in American history from the 1860s to the 1960s. Reserve your spot​.
Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 pm ​

Man Up! Visualizing Masculinity in 19th-Century America​ with Curator Gordon Wilkins
Using the virtual tour of the Addison produced before the museum's closure, Gordon Wilkins, Robert M. Walker Associate Curator of American Art, will lead participants via Zoom through the exhibition and discuss these works from the collection that reflect the constant redefinition of masculinity in American society during ​the 19th and early 20th centuries. This tour will be recorded and the video posted online shortly afterwards. Reserve your spot​.
Wednesday, July 15, 1:00 pm

​Visit Virtually

Take a 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.

Go on a virtual tour of A Wildness Distant from Ourselves​​ with curator Gordon Wilkins:​


In this re​cording 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.

Additionally, 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 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​​​ ​

  • 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. 

Video Interviews​​

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


Follow Us​​

​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.

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