Having trouble finding free images to use in your exhibits, on your website, in your publications, or for one of your projects? Images – be they photographs, artwork, or diagrams – can cost a small fortune for usage rights and can suck away a lot of staff time in the back-and-forth of securing permission and high-resolution files. Unless you have a large budget and an army of volunteers, you might need to re-think how you approach image acquisition.
Do not fret! In the past few years, more and more websites have expanded access to high-res images that are not only free to access, but also free to use – in many cases, even for commercial purposes. To use these images, you do not need to pay anyone nor do you need to secure permission. Best of all, the best websites have search functions that make finding specific images easy
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite websites to find free, high-res images for all of our projects! Download your copy here: