Online Resource Center

Museum resources

Many museums have excellent online exhibits and databases of images and several also publish lesson plans and curriculum that are applicable to social studies classrooms of all levels.

Teach Japan

  • Teach Japan is a new (2016) collaboration between several museums and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. It allows you to search multiple collections by grade level and resource type.

Online Museum Resources on Asian Art (AFE)

  • Asia for Educators at Columbia University compiled OMRAA, a list of online exhibits and resources. It is an excellent place to start looking for images, artifacts and essays. We also recommend checking for new resources directly with the following sites:

The American Museum of Natural History (New York)

The Asian Art Museum (San Francisco)

  • The education department at the Asian Art Museum shares essays, videos and lesson plans.

The British Museum (London)

The Field Museum (Chicago)

The International Dunhuang Project

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)

  • In addition to a trove of lesson plans, the Met produces the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, which is a great general timeline resource, as well as a comprehensive overview of East Asian art history. Be sure to scroll down to select a country and time period. After selecting one, scroll down and click “key events.”

The National Museums, Japan (Tokyo)

The National Palace Museum (Taipei)

  • NPM’s Anime Carnival website includes several fun videos that bring art to life for students.