Site URL: NGA.gov
Content: Here is the online home to the National Gallery of Art, the second-most popular art museum in the United States.
Design: Saying the designers used a minimalist approach would be an understatement. Huge swaths of stark white are occasionally dotted with brief lines of gray text and images of the museum’s holdings. While the design conveys the feeling of being in a museum, visitors are left feeling a bit cold.
Review: The National Gallery’s educational material far surpasses its design. A trove of classroom resources resides only a click away from the homepage. There are lesson plans, worksheets, printables, video tours, teacher workshops and so much more. The sheer volume of materials would make NGA.gov a worthy destination even if it was merely an educational site.
Naturally, the classroom materials are all first-rate, and come complete with teacher’s guides. Instead of seeking only to bring the user to the museum, the National Gallery does an excellent job of bringing the museum to the user.
Bottom Line: Art teachers, rejoice. History and social studies teachers, call it a victory that the National Gallery has so much to offer.