Free Use Images

The Metropolitan Museum announced access to nearly 400,000 images – for free. The Museum provides these images under an Open Access license for all public-domain works in the Met collection. The Creative Commons Zero (“CC0”) license allows use of the images without restriction.

Entrepreneurs, artists, and business owners can now use and share these images for free, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes. So, if you are looking for free images, start with this awe-inspiring collection. Filter your search to public-domain works and look for the CC0 logo. (Note: not ALL images on the Met website are free, but the ones that are licensed under CC0 have been made available to billions of individuals worldwide.)


To further encourage accessibility to creative ideas, the Museum has also announced partnerships with Creative Commons, Wikimedia, Artstor, the Digital Public Library of America, and Pinterest.

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