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Updated: 8/7 10:00am


Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Virtual Meeting Backgrounds

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Online Exhibition: Jacob Stelman: Architectural Photography, 1936-1970

Online Exhibition: Color In A Can: Early Marketing of Paint In America

Online Exhibition: Art Bound: Book Design Past & Present

Online Exhibition: Thomas Ustick Walter: Historic Architecture for a Modern World 

Online Exhibition: Developing Urban Images: 50 Years of Philadelphia Architecture as Seen Through the Lens of Lawrence S. Williams

Online Exhibition: Elegant Things and Vile Uses: The Civil War and the United States Capitol Building

Online Exhibition: The Art of The Fan: Beyond The Victorian Lady

Online Exhibition: Looking Forward: Re-Imagining The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Online Exhibition: Yellowbacks: Don't Judge These Victorian Books By Their Covers

Podcast: Podcasts of Athenaeum Lectures

Article: Former Athenaeum Writer in Residence, Michael J. Lewis has published an article in the Wall Street Journal.  (Requires Subscription)
"In the wake of the controversy over the design of federal buildings, our critic samples streaming videos that shed light on the language of pediments and columns and on the battle between traditionalists and the moderns."


Barnes Foundation

Collection Highlights: Barnes Takeout: Art Talk on Vincent van Gogh’s The Postman


Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Online Film Studies Class


Chestnut Hill Conservancy

History at Home


The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Great articles about numerous Philadelphia related topics, events, and people


Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Visits


Global Philadelphia Association

Learn more about Philadelphia’s 67 National Historic Landmark sites (of which The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is one)


Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Phillyfunguide's Arts & Culture to Go


The Literary Hub

The Literary Hub rewrites the first lines of 10 classic novels for social distancing

Article by Athenaeum lecturer Carl Rollyson on Sylvia Plath and William Faulkner
(Rollyson will return to the Athenaeum this fall to speak on his new two volume biography of William Faulkner)


Museum of The American Revolution

Digital Resources


National Constitution Center

Online Learning: Live Lectures


Opera Philadelphia

YouTube conversation, “Between the Notes”

Digital Festival O Opera on the Couch  (Begins May 1)


Penn Gazette

Article in the Penn Gazette by popular Athenaeum speaker Amy Cohen about Julian Abele


Pennsylvania Historical And Museum Commission

400 Years of African American History


Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Offers recommended listening streaming performances


Philadelphia Congregations Early Records

Help transcribe records of Philadelphia's early congregations.


The Philadelphia Orchestra

Listen on demand


Presbyterian Historical Society

Collection Highlights: In Her Own Right


The Rosenbach

Collection Highlights: Oscar in Sunshine and in Shadow


Scholastic Travel

Enjoy 25 Philadelphia Virtual Tours