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Digital library Museums that Give Away Open Access Images of Public Domain Work

Museums hold the art treasures of world in their collections. Many of these treasures are in the public domain. For long time museums have limited the access to high resolution images of those, but times are changing.

With the large expansion of digital technology, creative thinking museums and galleries offer to the public open access to high resolution images of the artworks in their collections. With no strings attached. These below are a couple of examples of open access museums.


National Gallery of Art implements an open access policy for digital images of works of art that the Gallery believes to be in public domain. Images of these works are now available free of charge for any use, commercial or non-commercial. Users do not need to contact the Gallery for authorisation to use these images. They are available for download at the NGA Images website (


On February 7, 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art implemented a new policy known as Open Access, which makes images of artworks it believes to be in the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and the Terms and Conditions of this website.

Explore more than 406,000 hi-res images of public-domain works from the MET Collection, all of which can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction.

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