The Metropolitan Museum of Art Will Offer Open Access to Public Domain Images in its Collection


The Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that 375,000 images from its collection that are in the public domain will be available for free to anyone who wants to use them. While the Met is not the only major museum to offer open access, the sheer volume of its collection makes this a momentous step. According to the Met’s Director, Thomas P. Campbell, the move “demonstrates our desire to adapt our practices in order to best meet the needs of 21st Century audiences.”

Barone, J. (2017, February 7). Met Museum makes 375,000 images free. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Tallon, L. (2017, February 7). Introducing open access at the Met [Blog post]. Retrieved from

-Meghann McKale 653:01 Spring 2017

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