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From the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso, 1907 What do the superstars of modern art - van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol - have in common with the Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle and an Apple iPod? All share the stage at… more >

In Our Time: The Museum of Modern Art

GREAT MUSEUMS TELEVISION showcases the world-famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in a one-hour special that aired on public broadcast stations nationwide in the Fall of 2015. Filmed to coincide with the museum’s 20th anniversary, Sound Tracks: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame &… more >

Sound Tracks: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Sound Tracks: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

GREAT MUSEUMS: ELEVATED THINKING: THE HIGH LINE IN NEW YORK CITY celebrates the stunning transformation of an elevated, abandoned railway into a widely acclaimed public park. Once an active train line that existed to bring food through the region and into the city, the High Line had… more >

Elevated Thinking: NYC's High Line
Elevated Thinking: NYC's High Line

Cover photo of Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh (1889), courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).  Above photo of The Great Hall courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Brooks Walker. GREAT MUSEUMS is an award-winning television series celebrating the museum world—in the U.S.… more >

Highlights: Great Museums Television
Highlights: Great Museums Television

Founded in 1961, the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the first African-American museums in the country.  “We’re talking about 1961, we’re not talking about ancient times,” says former Chief Curator Ramon Price. “But in 1961 there just… more >

American Soul: The DuSable Museum of African-American History

The National World War Two Museum in New Orleans, LA This is not the history of World War II, but the story of what it takes to transform a nation of people into a nation of warriors. This New Orleans-based museum, opened in the year 2000, talks about war in human terms and… more >

Triumph of the Spirit:  The National D-Day Museum

What makes a masterpiece? In this visually stunning high definition production, A World of Art, the magnificence of America’s premier art museum lights up the screen. One of the architectural glories of New York, the Met stretches 1000 feet along Fifth Avenue. Inside is a dazzling… more >

A World of Art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Narrated by Mariel Hemingway This GREAT MUSEUMS of the WORLD documentary shows a side of the island nation that we seldom hear about: Cuba’s art, history, and culture. Despite Cuba’s overwhelming economic and political challenges, museums in Havana abound; from rum and revolution,… more >

The Great Museums of Havana, Cuba
The Great Museums of Havana, Cuba

Founded in 1773 on the eve of American independence, this South Carolina museum features natural wonders like the rattlesnake, which so fascinated early European explorers; shells and pottery shards from an on-going archaeological dig that reveal the lost truths of rural slave life;… more >

America’s First Museum: The Charleston Museum

With the success of the Model T and the assembly line, Henry Ford was in the business of making history and mobilizing the 20th century. By the time he opened his museum in 1929, Ford had amassed tens of thousands of seemingly ordinary objects to document the genius of ordinary… more >

Made in America: The Henry Ford

A patron with exquisite taste and a zest for life, Isabella Stewart Gardner traveled the world for over three decades, assembling piece by piece one of the world’s most remarkable art collections. Her interests ranged from Rembrandt, Titian, Sargent, Whistler, and Matisse to… more >

Collective Vision: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:

Great Museums’ The Smithsonian National Zoo: Wild Thing! showcases the role of the National Zoo in preserving endangered species on the edge of extinction. The stars of this show - Giant Pandas, Cheetahs, Orangutans, and other animals on display at the Zoo - are “ambassadors” for… more >

Wild Thing! The Smithsonian National Zoo
Wild Thing! The Smithsonian National Zoo

Discover the commanding and charismatic characters whose fervor fueled the 20th-century revolution that changed America’s museums from dusty and elitist to dynamic and democratic! This landmark public television special features museum stories coast-to-coast. Riches, Rivals, and… more >

Riches, Rivals, and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., offers the single most important collection of art by women in the world. The museum provides an astonishing survey of women artists representing every major artistic period, from 16th-century Dutch and Flemish still… more >

A Woman’s Touch: National Museum of Women in the Arts

Established in 1800 as a small research library for the new Congress, today’s Library is considered the repository of the nation’s life story and arguably the “ultimate American museum.” Its holdings include Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence, marked up by Adams… more >

Volumes to Speak: 
The Library of Congress

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