So, the long Labor Day weekend is coming up and you’d like to go somewhere, visit someplace. But you’re a student, you don’t have much money or much time to do that, maybe. Consider a virtual visit to some of the world’s best museums and collections using the ARTstor database. You could visit New York City by going to the Architecture and Design Collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA):

Gunta Stölzl, (Artist), Design for Textile, 	1920-1924

Gunta Stölzl, (Artist), Design for Textile, 1920-1924

or take a “trip” to the bridges and canals of Venice by exploring the photographic collection of Sarah Quill (the Architecture of Venice collection within ArtStor):

Ponte Maravegie (bridge), 2003, Photograph copyright © Sarah Quill

Ponte Maravegie (bridge), 2003, Photograph copyright © Sarah Quill

or make a Chicago-style pizza and wander through the world art at the Art Institute of Chicago:

The actor Matsumoto Koshiro III, Ippitsusai Buncho (artist), 1770, woodblock print

The actor Matsumoto Koshiro III, Ippitsusai Buncho (artist), 1770, woodblock print

You can go back in time to medieval manuscripts (the illuminated manuscript collections of Princeton University and manuscripts and early printed books of the Bodliean Library, Oxford are in ArtStor):

Roman de la Rose, Princeton Garrett 126, mid-14th Century,

Roman de la Rose, Princeton Garrett 126, mid-14th Century,

Book of Hours. Use of Sarum. Folio #: fol. 001r, MS. Douce 231

Book of Hours. Use of Sarum. Folio #: fol. 001r, MS. Douce 231

or check out community murals from around the U.S.:

Bomba y Plena, 2004, Betsy Casanas (artist), Tim Drescher (photographer)

Bomba y Plena, 2004, Betsy Casanas (artist), Tim Drescher (photographer)

To get to any of these collections, enter ARTstor, and then click on “Browse by Collection.” There are hundreds of different collections from museums, colleges and private collectors. So, gather some friends, fire up the oven, put some popcorn in the microwave, pull up your laptop and go for a visit to someplace you’ve never been before.  No traffic, no lines, no tickets required .  Happy and carefree.  Enjoy the holiday weekend!