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Fine Arts

Museums

Many museums are using Open Access to make digital images and collections data freely available for the public to share, reuse, and remix. These are some of the museums with the largest Open Access collections.

Tip: To find images that can be used freely, look for an "Open Access" filter when you search the museum's collections. Always double check the licensing information before reusing museum images.


Image Collections

These online repositories house large collections of digitized artworks and cultural heritage, often aggregated from cultural institutions around the globe. All of these platforms contain Open Access content that can be freely used by the anybody.


Google Arts and CultureGoogle Arts and Culture

Massive online platform providing access to high-resolution artworks from many of the world's leading art museums. Explore museums and artworks in context using Google street-view technology. The platform also has a range of research, commentary and digital experiments.

 

Europeana

Europeana

Europeana partners with thousands of European archives, libraries, and museums to provide access to a wealth of cultural heritage. Over 50 million digitized items including books, artworks, music, and more.

 

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons

A media file repository that contains public domain and freely-licensed images, video and audio. Many cultural institutions upload digitized artworks and cultural heritage from their collections to the Commons.

 

Web Gallery of Art

Web Gallery of Art

Searchable database of European fine arts and architecture from the 3rd-19th Centuries. Contains over 45,000 digitized artworks, artist biographies, and commentary.


 

NYPL Digital Collections

NYPL Digital Collections

Contains over 750,000 items digitized from the New York Public Library collections. Features prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and more.


 

LIFE Magazine

LIFE magazine photo archive

Collaboration between LIFE magazine and Google to make millions of photos from the LIFE magazine archive available to search online. The images stretch from the 1750s to the present and most are available online for the first time.