The Metropolitan Museum of art in New York City.

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Visiting an art museum is bound to be a journey of pure learning and inspiration. But thanks to the wonders of the web, you don’t even have to arrive at a museum in person anymore to learn a bit about what’s between its brick-and-mortar walls.

If you can’t go to a museum in person, or if you plan to go and wish to find out more beforehand, you’re in luck:

1) Browse around the Google Art Project and virtually visit museums around the world.

2) Try a simple web search for museums and see what you find.  Some such amazing websites are the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Smithsonian (its collection of museums includes art), so you could start there.

Museum sites also deliver if you’re seeking research or a little educational fun with social media:

1) Some museum sites have fantastic research resources. For example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s site includes a wonderfully detailed timeline of art history (send a postcard to a friend!) and a searchable database of over two million works of art.

2) Social media is also part of the art world: for exciting interaction and art via video, Visit ArtBabble (from the Indianapolis Museum of Art).