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Exceptional exhibits are highlighted each quarter. Selections from previous seasons are archived here.

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Fall 2012

Far be it for The MoOM to take advantage of a pop culture phenomena when selecting exhibits but, well, maybe this one time. Hobbitish collects a number of foreign illustrated editions of the Tolkien classic. Although the scans are in many cases very small it's a lot of fun to see visual interpretations outside of Peter Jackson's, like this, from a Portuguese edition.

The longtime enemy of both the snoop and the thief, envelope security patterns have stoically protected our checks, credit card statements and paternity test results, thwarting all manner of criminal and looky-loo. Finally, these brave eye-blockers have their day, out from behind the flap at The Envelope Security Patterns Gallery.

If you're going to start selling potatoes, you're going to have to stand out in an already crowded market. So get yourself a screen-printer, an all American logo, don't forget to add "U.S. No. 1" on there somewhere, and start printing on your potato sacks. In no time, you'll surely find yourself rolling in starched riches and have an entry in the Collection of Screen-Printed Burlap Potato Sacks to boot.

It's second nature to call up IMDb when you can't remember that actor's name, or what song played in the credits, but where do you go when you're watching You Only Live Twice and thinking "Aki's Toyota looks like a 2000GT but they never made a convertible, did they?" The Internet Movie Car Database contains a ridiculously extensive and detailed list of cars and motorcycles used in films, most with screenshots from the film.

You'd think that by now that this last respite for analog gauges would have been over-run by flashing digital bars and 3D pie chart shapes. But thankfully, you'd be wrong. The Gallery of Tachs, Speedos, and Gauge Clusters from CarType is splendid and like most of our favorite MoOM entries, it includes dozens of variations on a theme. Vroom.

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Welcome to the MoOM. The galleries are updated continuously, and new exhibitions are hung each quarter.

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Recently acquired but not-yet-collected exhibits, with descriptions, along with exhibits previously collected, can be found in the MoOM Annex, a part of the general Coudal Partners archives.

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The MoOM is a part of the Coudal Partners site. Based in Chicago, CP is a small design firm with big ideas.

MoOM Overview

Welcome to the Museum of Online Museums. On the MoOM main page you, will find the current exhibitions. The main collection is in the center column, divided into three subsections. On the left you'll find the five current featured exhibitions. The MoOM is updated continuously with major updates coming once each quarter.

An archive of previously featured exhibitions is available for browsing.

Those interested in supporting the MoOM as Benefactors also earn the right, but not the obligation, to post links to their own and other worthy collections. Information on serving on The Board is detailed in the Benefactors section.

A more detailed description of the MoOM Mission and galleries, as well as recent news and press clippings can be found here.

Special Feature

In honor of its recent renovation, we've assembled some information and a short film about the spiritual home of the MoOM, Crown Hall, at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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