Free art for your project


An explanation of the various types of Creative Commons licenses. If you find a piece of artwork that has a Creative Commons license indicated, make sure to check the specific version of it to see what is and is not allowed.

Creative Commons Search Engine

Old Book Illustrations

Pexels (photographs)


The Public Domain Review

Wikimedia Commons


More and more museums are releasing images of the items in their collections into the public domain or some other form of open access. Most of them mark images that fall into that category, and some allow you to limit searches that way. Make sure to check each museum’s rules to see if there are limits on use.

ArtVee (pulls from many of the museums below)

Art Institute of Chicago

Barnes Foundation

Birmingham Museums

The Belvedere

The Clark Art Institute

The Cleveland Museum of Art Open Access

Dallas Museum of Art

The Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection

The Getty Open Content Program

KunstMuseum Basel

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Met Open Access

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

National Gallery of Art

Nationalmuseum (Sweden)

Paris Musées

The Rijksmuseum

Smithsonian Open Access

The Thiel Gallery

Wesleyan University Davison Art Center

Wien Museum

Yale University Art Gallery


Historical maps can be great additions to projects, and some libraries have open access policies regarding them. As always, check the library’s rules regarding image usage, and make sure that the images you select fall into an open access category.

The New York Public Library Open Access Maps

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

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