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The Best Museum Instagram Accounts

Nina Relf 6 October 2022 min Read

We all love to scroll through Instagram for an aesthetically pleasing distraction from the real world. Museums arguably provide some of the most compelling content, as well as creating their own memes to stay on-trend. We will show you all the best museum Instagram accounts you need to follow as soon as possible.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

The LACMA on Instagram provides unique content of artworks that cover a multitude of periods and art history movements. However, it is the original memes they create, using artworks from their own collection, that catch our attention. Here are just a few of the very best.

There is no doubt that a follow of the LACMA Instagram page will brighten your day with an equal dose of humor and knowledgeable art history content.

Nelson-Atkins Museum

The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas went viral on Instagram in May 2020 when the gallery brought in penguins to see the artworks. Yes, you are reading this correctly, the museum had shut its doors due to the pandemic and used the opportunity to give penguins from Kansas City Zoo exclusive access. Watching the penguins roam the halls and appreciate the artworks could be one of the best Instagram features ever.

You can find the “penguin content” on the highlights page on the Nelson-Atkins Instagram page. Alternatively, there is a fantastic video on the Kansas City Zoo Youtube page here. Overall, this definitely brought relief and pleasure to many when the world was at the height of the pandemic last year.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The famous MoMA in New York definitely deserves a place on the top Instagram accounts and is well worth a follow. Alongside incredible modern art content, with both photos and videos posted on a daily basis, MoMA also captures visitors and staff with the artworks too.

The beautiful photography portrays intimate moments of the visitors with their favorite artworks. Even viewing this through a screen on our phones or tablets, we feel like we are there with that visitor and having that moment with an artwork.

At a time when many museums have been shut recently, or still have their doors shut at present, it is so important for Instagram to give us back that feeling of viewing artwork at a gallery and having that personal moment. A feeling that so many of us are missing.

Instagram can remind us of what we will be doing again in the future at museums, and in the meantime is feeding us content that makes us feel like we are not missing out. Plus, what is not to love about viewing a famous artwork in supreme quality from the comfort of your own sofa.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The Instagram account run by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art also transports us to an idyllic gallery setting by simply looking through their feed. The combination of nature and art has mindful qualities and certainly takes the gallery to the top of the list of places to visit in the future.

Ashmolean Museum

In Oxford, UK, The Ashmolean Museum encompasses a vast collection of objects, ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary paintings. You would think that to summarize a collection so vast in just a set number of photos and captions would be difficult.

However, the Ashmolean Instagram page posts a variety of highlights from their collection in a very straightforward manner. In other words, if you simply want to see artworks and objects up close and personal through your phone, this is the account for you.

Not forgetting the occasional art history meme, of course.

White Cube

As to be expected from an art gallery’s name, the White Cube Instagram account provides organized “white cubes” of art. It is almost like their Instagram page has been curated carefully as if it were an art exhibition itself. Each image is equally spaced out and shown in its own glory with a white border.

Best Museum Instagram accounts: Screenshot from the White Cube Gallery Instagram page.
View of the White Cube Gallery’s Instagram grid.

Mori Art Museum

Mori Art Museum is a contemporary art museum in Tokyo. However, if like me, you live on the other side of the world, a follow of their Instagram account will give you a glimpse into its quirky and fascinating contents.

Many of the posts leave you intrigued and wanting to see more. For a real variety of contemporary art and lots of interesting objects and displays, it is definitely worth following.

Sir John Soane’s Museum

The Sir John Soane’s Museum in London is one of the best in the capital. The snippets into what the institution is like on their Instagram leave you both satisfied and curious to know more in equal amounts.

Uffizi Galleries

For simply stunning photographs and details of the masses of incredible artworks housed in the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, you will not regret following them on Instagram.

From close-up images of some of our most favored and famous paintings to objects we perhaps have not had a chance to properly stop and look at due to the sheer size of the collection, this feed has all you need for your daily dose of art.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

And last but by no means least, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston provides compelling content to us Instagram users. This page also has a well-organized “highlights” section, making specific content regarding certain exhibitions easily accessible. Here you can read a fascinating story of the museum and its owner.

The Instagram page also shows how the museum uses music and dance in some of its events. What is not to love about an institution that not only encompasses art but also exerts creativity in other forms too?

So there we have it, a list of the best museum Instagram accounts to follow. Providing a rich variety of content and each having a unique flair that makes them stand out, you can follow each of these accounts to ensure that your Instagram feed is kept up to date with all things art history.

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