Smithsonian Open Access

The Smithsonian has made over 4 million images available to download, edit, remix and distribute:

Welcome to Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to more than 4.4 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.

What will you create?


Please check out the very permissive terms of use.

This carte-de-visite depicts the Smithsonian Castle building photographed showing a southwest view. The building is surrounded by rocky and grassy soil with one small bare-branched tree in the left foreground.

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