The Smithsonian has made 4.5 million historic world images available to use for free under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. The items were moved into public domain by the Smithsonian as part of their Smithsonian Open Access program which encourages the use of the representations from the museum collection to foster new creations using those items. Anyone, anywhere can download, reuse, and remix these representations for their work. See the program details below.
Welcome to Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to more than 4.5 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 21 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.
What will you create?