Hours of fun on the Smithsonian website. Last month the Smithsonian released 2.8 Million images high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open access online platform for patrons to peruse and download free of charge.
You have access to data and material from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo. The new digital depot encourages the public to not just view its contents, but use, reuse and transform them into just about anything they choose.
Hours of fun on the Smithsonian website searching Open Access
Go to the open access online platform. These are the images you peruse and download free of charge. Scroll down to “Search for Open Access Images and 3D Models”. Or you can go to “Search our digital records here or visit our Collections Search Center for advanced filtering options.”
If you search for “ruby slippers” (from the Wizard of Oz) a page will come up with information about the ruby slippers, including conservation efforts, their location including articles and videos.
Hours of fun on the Smithsonian website Collections At A Glance
155.5 million artifacts, works of art, and specimens in the Smithsonian’s collections
146 million of these specimens and artifacts are held by the National Museum of Natural History
2.2 million library volumes held by Smithsonian Libraries
163.3 thousand cubic feet of archival material held by Archives across the Smithsonian
Hours of fun on the Smithsonian website searching the entire Collection
Start here. to search the entire Smithsonian Collection. Select a topic to discover featured collections and stories, OR search millions of digital records.for works grouped by categories such as Cityscapes, Impressionism, Animals and more. On the left click on “Show filters.” You can sort and further refine your search.