The Smithsonian, for the first time in history, has released over 2.8 million high-resolution two-dimensional and three dimensional images from its extensive collection. The collection of images features not only images from all 19 Smithsonian museums, but also includes image collections from research centers, libraries and archives.

The exciting news is that these resources are free to use. The Smithsonian encourages the public to not only view the images from the archives, but these images are open-source, free to use, and transform into anything you choose. For web developers and creative minds alike, its always great news to find yet another resource to find images.

Visit the Smithsonian archives online.

Image treasures include everything from historical photos from the National Portrait Gallery, to incredible animal photos from the National Museum of Natural History and Science and Nature  to historic images of every kind.

Smithsonian Open Access

This new resource Smithsonian Open Access, states it is “where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking”.

Resources are utilized from “images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.”

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex.

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