Exciting news! You can now access information on nearly 45,000 objects in the Ringling collection from the comfort of your own home! The Ringling’s recent upgrade of eMuseum has more than doubled the number of object records available to the public. Associate Registrar Jarred Wilson, who took the lead on developing this project, said, “While we have used eMuseum for a number of years, this latest upgrade brings a host of improvements to the site, which include better design and search mechanisms. In addition, we have made a decision to push out a larger number of object records to the public, from around 20,000 to upwards of 45,000.”
New robust search capabilities make our entire accessioned collection easily accessible, as well as numerous research materials. Users can search objects across the database or use advanced filters for more specific and complex queries. Additionally, there is the option to browse works by artist, venue, exhibition, curated selection and more. Users can create an account and assemble collections of records for their own research purposes. We anticipate that this will be useful for researchers working on specific projects, as well as visitors who are inspired by a visit to the galleries and want to learn more about our collection.
“As part of Florida State University, The Ringling’s mission includes sharing our rich educational resources with a wide audience. This upgrade allows people from all over the world the chance to engage with our collections,” remarked Steven High, Executive Director of The Ringling.
“Over the coming weeks,” said Jarred Wilson, “We will make some improvements to a few things, including image sizes, and the share widget. And, as is always the case, the quality of the records we put out will depend on the quality of the information we put in; record clean-up and maintenance will be ongoing.”
Users can visit ringling.org/collections and click “Museum Collections”.
Users can also navigate directly to emuseum.ringling.org.