October 8, 2013
Colonial Williamsburg Joins eMuseum Network to Share Collections GloballyThe Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has joined the eMuseum Network to make its extensive collection more accessible to a global audience. This collaborative online networking platform, designed and hosted by Gallery Systems, enables member museums, libraries and cultural institutions from around the world to share their art and artifact collections. Through its participation in the eMuseum Network, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s collections in the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and throughout the Revolutionary City will now become accessible to the public.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg joins 55 other prominent institutions in the network, including the Dallas Museum of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Harvard Art Museums; International Center of Photography; J. Paul Getty Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Rijksmuseum Amsterdam; The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
“We are delighted to participate with other prominent cultural institutions in the eMuseum Network so that we can broaden public access to our important collections of British and American fine and decorative art and American folk art,” said Ronald L. Hurst, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s vice president for collections, conservation, and museums and its Carlisle H. Humelsine chief curator. “Objects displayed at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and in our historic sites as well as those not on exhibit can now be studied from points around the world.”
The site offers direct links to participating museum websites and individual art and artifact records. From this single website, the public can easily and quickly search 1.5 million objects within or across collections from participating institutions, making it a powerful research tool for collectors, educators, researchers and students. Joining this collaborative and growing project enables the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to make its collections broadly accessible to an international audience.
Each of the Foundation’s 6,500 objects that appear on the site have been fully researched, catalogued and photographed by the curators of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The number of objects displayed from the Foundation’s broad collection will continue to grow over time.