Fun with 404 error pages

In addition to offering utilitarian helper pages for people who land on an old or broken link, cultural organizations have an opportunity to have a little fun with their collections on their 404 pages. So, I asked for examples and the museum technology community delivered!

Here are some of my favorite examples:

MoMA: Ed Ruscha’s “OOF” (1962) (h/t Chad Weinard)MoMA's 404 error page displays the work of art OOF by Ed Ruscha

V&A: Mirror, ca. 1675 (h/t Kati Price)

V&A 404 page features a blurry mirror

Jewish Museum (h/t Essie Lash)

Jewish Museum 404 page: Oy vey!

Museo Nacional del Prado: Rogier van der Weyden, (detail) “The Descent from the Cross” (h/t Mark B. Schlemmer)

Prado 404 page: Detail of crying nun from Van der Weyden's The Descent from the Cross

Mount Vernon (h/t Abigail Kabaker)

Rules of Civility #404 When confronted by a missing web page do not gnash thy teeth, but rather press forward with a fine countenance towards the next available page.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Innovation Studio (h/t Jeffrey Inscho)

Animated GIF of Bob Dylan with signs that say "FAIL"

National Gallery of Art: Claude-Joseph Vernet “The Shipwreck” (h/t John Gordy)

Diplays painting of a shipwreck

(See more fun examples here and here.)

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