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Online museums: wondrous to weird

One wonderful aspect of the World Wide Web is the ability to provide people with information that they never would have known of before…and some they probably could have lived without. The old places that were the best source for a cornucopia of information was at the library or museum. The Internet in some ways has taken away from that. So what do you do when you can’t beat ’em? Join ’em!

Matt Blum of GeekDad recently posted about the phenomenon of online museums.

“a lot of them have an excellent online presence—along with a huge number of less-great museums, many of which have no real-world counterpart. … I recently happened upon an excellent site that collects links to these online presences called, appropriately enough, the Museum of Online Museums.”

My current favorite: The Arizona State University’s online collection of historical astronomy equipment.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.