What is Open Access?

In February 2017, The Met introduced its Open Access Initiative which makes all images of public-domain artworks and basic data on all accessioned works in its collection available for unrestricted use under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). Now anyone can download, share, and remix images and data about artworks in The Met collection.

The Open Access initiative represents an incredible body of ongoing work by curators, conservators, photographers, librarians, cataloguers, interns, and technologists over the past 151 years of the institution's history—new images and data are added each year. It is also an important statement about The Met's commitment to increasing access to the collection in a digital age.

In the last four years, Open Access images and data have been viewed over 1.2 billion times and downloaded over 7 million times from The Met’s site and on our partner platforms.

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For more information, or to share your project with us, email openaccess@metmuseum.org