Stay modern while staying home with these virtual resources


Michele Racioppi


Docomomo US staff


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In the past month, historic sites, museums, nonprofits, and cultural institutions have shown their resiliency by rapidly transitioning to provide online resources for their audiences during this time of social distancing. It's a lot to keep track of, and we know you just want the good stuff - so we've done the hard work and compiled some of the best modern resources in one place for you. From virtual tours to YouTube channels to academic journals, we hope this list keeps you occupied until it's safe to meet again in person.

Modern sites you can visit virtually

When your visit is virtual you can go anywhere, including iconic modern sites around the globe!

The Glass HouseGropius House, and Barcelona Pavilion all offer unique virtual tours on their websites. 

Download the Bauhaus Dessau app (available for Apple or Android) and walk through the school and its related sites while enjoying some appropriate sound accompaniment. 

Take a #MuseumfromHome trip with the kids to the McCormick House: this presentation (pdf) walks you through the current colorful exhibit, AfterParti, complete with prompts for the younger crowd.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, announced the start of #WrightVirtualVisits. Each Thursday, beginning on April 2, participating sites will share a short video tour of another site via social media. Check out the #WrightVirtualVisits hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to follow along!

(And remember these are all nonprofits struggling to stay afloat, please consider a donation when visiting their sites.)

Follow @leebey on Twitter for a virtual tour of Chicago's South Side and and @amandakhurley, who is sharing a thread of rooms she'd rather be quarantined in.

Bask in the views during this short video tour of the Frey House II, part of the Palm Springs Art Museum, led by long-time curator Sidney Williams. 

Frey House II | Palm Springs Life from Christopher S. Swan on Vimeo.

Modern Distractions 

There's a plethora of printable midcentury coloring book options to choose from, including iconic modern homes, architectural highlights from Cleveland, Louis Kahn's Esherick House, or some cheeky midcentury animals

If you're feeling crafty, try your hand at making your own Eames elephant

What to Watch

Did you know Docomomo US has a YouTube channel? It's been a little neglected in the past, but given the current situation, we've been working on beefing it up. Check it out.

Let James Rose talk to you about the suburbs and modern landscape design in The Heavenly Environment

Take a journey to Brasilia ca. 1960 with this promo from Standard Oil Co. 

The Farnsworth House has a slew of fun videos, including one of the recent "Geometry of Light" exhibition.  

Get familiar with Alden Dow and his influence on Michigan with this short PBS feature

Revisit and enjoy keynotes from SarasotaMOD weekend 2019. 


Our colleagues at The Society for Architectural Historians and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are generously offering their journal publications for free during this time. Here are just a few modern highlights from the archives.

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Forum Journal