Joy of Museums

Exploring Museums, Art & Historic Sites

About Joy of Museums

Our Purpose

Our Purpose is to explore Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites across the globe.

How can you help?

When you buy one of our books, you will be actively supporting the continued efforts to grow the content on “Joy of Museums” and to make Museums, Art and Historic Sites experience more accessible to ALL.

“Joy of Museums” is a project that indulges passions in art, beauty, history and philosophy, all of which can be found in most world-class museums. The evolution of this site is a meditative practice in visual design, photography, storytelling and the “search for meaning”.

This website is changing and evolving

The content on this site will grow and develop into a series of books. Some pages are in the draft stage, requiring additions and corrections and are under review. This project involves writing, creating, designing and publishing in real-time. Posting to the world and seeking feedback as the site content grows with time. Additional “Masterpiece” and “Exhibits” will be added to each museum plus the number of “Museums” featured to will increase over time. Contributions and feedback are welcome.

Museums websites should be consulted for updated details on locations, opening times, permanent exhibits, special exhibits and exhibitions.


First published in 2016

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The JOY OF MUSEUMS is part of the JOM Foundation Pty Ltd


Every effort has been made to acknowledge the copyright of images and works of art. Any errors or omissions are unintentional and should be reported by email to Corrections will be made as appropriate.


The following terms and conditions apply to your use of this website. Please read them carefully.

Use of the website

Content on this site is not to be copied, reproduced, or transmitted for personal or commercial use, or publicly displayed without the express written permission of Joy of Museums in accordance with the relevant Copyright Acts.


The website attempts to be as accurate as possible. However, we do not warrant that the content on the site is accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We appreciate all feedback and request you email us at with any areas of concern.


This website is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the site or the information, content or materials included on this site. Your use of the site is at your own risk. Joy of Museums will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of the site, including, but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, punitive and consequential damages.

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We reserve the right to make any changes to our website, policies and these Terms & Conditions at any time. If any of these conditions are deemed invalid, void or for any reason unenforceable, that condition shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition.


Every effort has been made to accurately present information based on the various sources, including:

  • Museum catalogues & guides
  • Museum item descriptions
  • Museum websites
  • Historical & Art reference books
  • Web sources
  • Wikipedia
  • Public Domain Images
  • Wikimedia Commons

Where content is an adaptation of Wikipedia articles, they are used under a CC license.


Q: Why is there not more Modern Art?

A: The approach to all featured stories in “Joy of Museums” is to use a picture to lead and illustrate the story. Most Modern Art is restricted by Copyright and can not be used or distributed without permission. So “Joy of Museums” is limited to featuring art and objects for which permission has been granted. Copyright on Art typically expires 50 to 100 years after the author or artist death, depending on the jurisdiction.

Q:  Why are some important Museums and Art not covered?

A: For many museums, we do not have images that can be used to create a feature story. Please send photographs with appropriate permission to reproduce your submission, and we will attempt to do our best, based on resources and funding, to feature relevant Art or Museum exhibits.

Thank You

We have enjoyed visiting many of the museums featured in Joy of Museums. This website is dedicated to exploring beauty, understanding and meaning in all types of Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites across the world.


“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”  
– Vincent van Gogh


Photo Credit: By Jesús Moreno (Oliver-Bonjoch) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons