The Internet TESL Journal

A Virtual Visit to the Guggenheim Museums in New York

Shiao-Chuan Kung
sckung [at]
Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages (Taiwan, Republic of China)


Electronic information technologies are changing our traditional concepts of literacy. Beyond the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, the skills of locating information, evaluating the source, and interpreting data are also becoming essential skills for the ESL learner. The Guggenheim Museums are well known for their collections of Modern art and the innovative architecture of their buildings. The museums' web site is an example of a well-organized, visually appealing and reliable source of authentic material. This lesson requires that students decode information found at the site and practice on-line navigation and research skills through a virtual visit to the museum.

A Virtual Visit to the Guggenheim Museums in New York

  1. In what other city besides New York can I find a Guggenheim Museum?
    a) Bilbao 
    b) Florence 
    c) Boston

  2. How much does it cost for two adults and an 8-year-old child to get into the museum?
    a) $24
    b) nothing
    c) $32

  3. How can I get to the 5th Avenue museum?
    a) Take the N or R train to Prince Street
    b) Take the M1 bus and get off on Madison & 88th Street
    c) Take the 1 or 9 train to 86th Street

  4. When can I visit the museum?
    a) Monday to Friday
    b) Everyday except Christmas and New Year's Day
    c) Everyday except Thursdays

  5. What did the architect Frank Lloyd Wright dislike the most about the 5th Avenue building?
    a) Its shape as an upside down pyramid
    b) Its location in New York City
    c) How it overpowers the artwork inside

  6. What kind of art works does the museum mainly collect?
    a) Furniture
    b) Modern art
    c) Oriental art

    Follow the link called "The Collection" to find the answers to the following questions

  7. When did the Dada movement develop?
    a) 2nd decade of the 20 th Century
    b) end of 19 th Century
    c) around 1950s

  8. Which art form played a very important role in Paul Klee's life and work?
    a) sculpture 
    b) photography
    c) music

  9. What painter's influence can we observe in the painting "Eiffel Tower"?
    a) Joan Miró
    b) Georges Braque
    c) Robert Delaunay

  10. Send an e-card to a classmate and another one to your teacher.

The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. VII, No. 7, July 2001