10 Vintage Museum Web Pages from the 90s

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, here are 10 classic museum web pages I dug up on the Internet Archives’ “Wayback Machine.” The web may be 25 years old, but the bravest museums got their web pages up about 18 years ago in 1996. Enjoy the nerdiness—AMNH and LACMAweb especially cracked me up!

1. American Museum of Natural History (1996)
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2. LACMA (1997)
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3. SF MOMA (1996)
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4. The Met (1996)

5. British Museum (1999)
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6. The Louvre (1999)

7. The Prado (1997)

8. Guggenheim (1996)
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9. Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 9.45.54 AMNew Museum (1997)

10. Seattle Art Museum (1998)
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6 responses to “10 Vintage Museum Web Pages from the 90s

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  2. Very fun!
    The MIA was there in the day. October 1994 was the launch, but the Wayback Machine only goes back to 1996. http://web.archive.org/web/19961230012626/http://www.artsmia.org/
    It looked better in 640 x 480 with a adaptive 256 color web palette.
    Thanks for doing this.

  3. The evolution of the web … budget. Now a million dollars will buy you a great splash page and more. My budget … pennies … and it shows.

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