Images and Artworks in the Public Domain for Free Download | LILLIAN LEE Art & Design

Images and Artworks in the Public Domain for Free Download

Here are some resources of free media libraries and archives that I’ve pulled together available for use.

1. Art Institute of Chicago

Explore thousands of artworks in the museum’s wide-ranging collection—from our world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe—as well as our books, writings, reference materials, and other resources.

2. Color Our Collections

Libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing free coloring sheets and books based on materials in their collections.

3. Harvard Digital Collections

Search and discover over six million publicly available, digitized items from Harvard Library.

4. John J. Audubon’s Birds of America

Enjoy one of the most treasured pieces of Audubon’s life’s work of both a lover and observer of birds and nature. Each print is available as a free high-resolution download.

5. NASA Image and Video Library

NASA’s entire collection of images, sounds, and video are available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.

6. Paris Musées

High-resolution image files of the world’s most culturally significant works of art can now be downloaded completely free of charge and without restrictions. And in addition to the images, Paris Musées has made informational documents, which include instructions on how to properly cite the work, available for each art piece.

7. The Smithsonian

2.8 million images are available for free download in the public domain (through digital platforms like Google Arts & Culture, Wikipedia, and Creative Commons). Smithsonian Open Access allows documents to be used for both noncommercial and commercial purposes, for no fee.

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