UPDATED MONDAY, JUNE 1: The Museum remains temporarily closed and programming has been cancelled until further notice. If you have any questions, you can reach us by e-mail at info@museumlondon.ca

Although we're temporarily closed until further notice, there are still lots of ways you can stay engaged with the Museum from your home. Below you’ll find some helpful resources to make the most out of these long days, including funding resources for artists, art activities for parents and children, lectures, virtual tours, and bingeable content. We'll be updating this page frequently, so check back often!

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Virtual Tours

Take a look around the Museum using your phone or computer! We will be adding more tours, so check back soon. 

Dean Carson
We're taking you upstairs to look at our solo exhibition by Windsor, Ontario-based artist Dean Carson.
Watch on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter
Read about the exhibition here

100 Years of Nursing Education in London
Go on a guided tour of our Nursing exhibition with our Curator of Regional History, Amber Lloydlangston. This exhibition celebrates Western University's 100 years of nursing education and London's almost 140 years as a centre of nursing education. 
Watch on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
Read about the exhibition here

Museum Stories: James Kirkpatrick
Take a look at our first “Museum Stories” video about London artist and musician James Kirkpatrick. Tour through his studio, learn about his process, see the art on his walls, and check out his surfboard collection! Watch on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter

Funded by a gift from Alan Cohen, these videos are the beginnings of a project, entitled "Museum Stories", which will feature artists and explore topics related to the history of the visual arts in London and the place it holds in Canadian art history.

Museum Stories: Ron Benner
Enjoy our new video about local artist Ron Benner and his fifteen-year-old garden installation at the Museum, As the Crow Flies. As we get later into the season, you'll find tomatoes, squash, corn, jalapeños, and amaranth all growing among the flowers, fish, frogs, and toads populating the pond with the water lilies and other water plants. Watch on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.

Online Collection

Our art collection is more than 5,000 works strong, many of which you can view in our online collection by clicking here

Online Programming

Museum Puzzles
We're sharing works from our collection as online jigsaw puzzles! They're free to try and the best time for each puzzle will get a $10 gift card to The Shop at Museum London. Click HERE for the puzzles and the contest rules.

Art and History @ Home: Owls
With the return of warmer weather we are looking at the art of Kenojuak Ashevak and her cheery “Sun Owl With Foliage”. What could be better than this warm arctic print! Listen Ashevak talk about her art, learn how Inuit stone cut prints are made, and watch a soothing time lapse video of a never-setting arctic sun. 

Art and History @ Home: May 6
This new series of programming is focused on art, history, and relaxation activities for all ages! Imagination Station @ Home will be where our children's programming will live. We're feeling floral this week and our activities include a calming flower memory game, films about tulips and Georgia O'Keefe, our #BetweenArtandQuarantine social media challenge, and more!

Birds and Words: April 16, 2020
This week we are inspired by spring, and in particular the happy warble of birds you can hear through the window.  While you're at home, slow down with us and discover the birds, marvel at their colour, their song, and let them carry us into the sky and see the world through their eyes.  We have a painting of birds, free tutorials, activities for children, some art and bird-inspired ways to calm, and two calls to write for National Poetry month.

Discover London Art: Digital Stories
Watch three short videos about London artists and their art: trailblazing London female artists, Paul Peel, and Greg Curnoe. After each video, you can test your knowledge with an online quiz, view an online exhibition, learn about the elements and principles discussed, and create your own artwork. 

This interactive map plots out works from our permanent collection onto the location depicted in each work. It's a great way to see the breadth of the Museum's collection on a local, national, and international scale. 

Visible Storage
Originally created to accompany a previous exhibition, this project gives you greater access to our permanent collection with beautiful images of the artwork alongside in-depth artist biographies.

Children's Programming

Imagination Station @ Home: Owls
It’s getting warm this week so we thought we’d look at a sunny owl from the arctic made by Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. She is one of Canada’s most beloved artists and is especially known for her drawings of owls.

Imagination Station @ Home: Spring Flowers
This week we are inspired by the arrival of spring and the big, bright flowers opening all over London. Click HERE for fun and flowery children's activities and a reading of the story “My Name is Georgia” by Jeanette Winter about the artist Georgia O’Keefe.

Imagination Station @ Home: Sudsy Soap
This week we are inspired by our exhibition about Nurses: 100 Years of Nursing Education in London.  From hand-washing songs to bubble blowing we explore the fun side of playing with soap.  While we are all at home keeping safe and healthy, nurses and health care workers around the world are going to work every day to help people during the pandemic. We are all so grateful! Click HERE

Imagination Station @ Home: Birds
Welcome to our first Imagination Station @ Home! While we're temporarily closed, families can continue making art with us each week with this series of fun arts and crafts activities. This week is all about birds! Take a break, try birdwatching, draw birds, and make bird crafts! Click HERE

Florence Nightingale Crossword
This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing! Learn about her history HERE (via National Geographic Kids) and then do this fun crossword HERE to apply what you've just learned. Florence's contributions shaped our healthcare system today and London's own nursing history that is on display in our exhibition 100 Years of Nursing Education in London

Easter Activities
Get ideas from these arts-inspired eggs HERE (via My Modern Met). Colour or create your own Zendoodle egg with these colouring pages (via WorkingMom.com) and try this Easter puzzle online (via Jigsaw Planet). 

Online Lectures

Culture Club "From Test Tubes to Paint Tubes: The Art of Sir Frederick Banting"
Grant Maltman, Curator, Banting House
January 2017
Frederick Banting’s name is synonymous with the cure for diabetes, but rarely is it associated with art-making. During the summer of 1920, Banting was in desperate need of a distraction, and a renewed interest in painting freed him from the worries of his personal and professional life. Curator Grant Maltman’s talk From Test Tubes to Paint Tubes traces the integral role art played in Banting’s life, from his period in London, Ontario (1920-21) until his death in Newfoundland (1941). Brought to you by the Seniors Community Grant Program.

Culture Club "Well Preserved: The Legends of London's Preservation Movement"
Mike Baker, Historian
September 2016
Meet the legends of London’s preservation movement with former Museum London Curator of Regional History, Mike Baker. London’s museums started in the barns, basements, and attics of some very dedicated collectors. Who were they and where are their collections today? Brought to you by the Seniors Community Grant Program

Resources and Fun Links

Arts-specific resources (emergency funding, collaboration, digital learning) via The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning

Daily online pen and paper drawing tutorials on Instagram Live via Wendy MacNaughton

Collection of free and downloadable colouring books via The New York Academy of Medicine

List of London virtual experiences and open businesses via Tourism London

List of open downtown London businesses via Downtown London

Free independent and classic arthouse films (three month trial) via Hyland Cinema

10 Binge-Worthy Art Podcasts in the Age of Coronavirus via The New York Times

List of virtual tours of Canadian museums via CTV News

Supplementary resources for elementary and secondary students via Government of Ontario

Municipal news, financial relief, and city services via City of London

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Government of Ontario

Health Canada

World Health Organization