Museums Shuttered Due to Coronavirus Send Each Other Virtual Flowers to Spread the Love

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The global pandemic has forced almost every museum and gallery across the world to close indefinitely. In an effort to brighten the timeline with a break from all the doom and gloom, museums have begun to send images of painting, photographs, and other artwork depicting floral arrangements to other institutions via Twitter.

"Dear @americanart, we wanted to brighten your day with these apple blossoms by American painter Martin Johnson Heade," the New-York Historical Society tweeted at The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. "We hope this #MuseumBouquet makes you smile today!"

The institutions are offering these virtual flowers with the hashtag #MuseumBouquet alongside messages of gratitude, well-wishes, and even poetry.

"Roses are red / Violets are blue / We want to share Duke Ellington's flowers with you," The National Portrait Gallery tweeted to its sister Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Many Twitter users have expressed their thanks for these public spaces attempting to foster joy amid the darkness of the world.

"MuseumBouquet is sparking such joy and brighteness," said Twitter user @ShamonPR.

"Brilliant idea to bring some beauty into the lives of those Self Isolating during these difficult times," echoed @Watt_Ever_008.

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