Open Access + CMA


Open Access

The Cleveland Museum of Art announced on January 23, 2019, that it is an Open Access institution, using the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation for high-resolution images and data as related to its collection. At the Cleveland Museum of Art, Open Access means the public now has the ability to  share, collaborate, remix, and reuse images of many as 30,000 public- domain artworks from the CMA’s world-renowned collection of art for commercial and non-commercial purposes. In addition, portions of collections information (metadata) for more than 61,000 artworks, both in the public domain and those works with copyright or other restrictions, works are now available. 

In September 2019, The Cleveland Museum of Art extended its Open Access policy to three dimensional (3D) images of public domain artworks from its collection. These 3D images or models are made available under the same terms and conditions with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and may be used for commercial and non-commercial purposes without request for permission or fee. Works with available 3D image files are linked to open access objects in The Cleveland Museum of Art's collection online with the 3D icon and can be viewed and downloaded via Sketchfab.

Read about the engagement, analytics, and outcomes experienced since CMA launched its Open Access Initiative:

Read more about the CMA’s initiative in the news:

Learn more about how the CMA's local, national, and international partners are using and magnifying public domain artworks in the collection:


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For users interested in downloading images directly from Collection Online:
Collection Online
Open Access Artworks

For developers interested in accessing and downloading metadata and images:
GitHub Repository

For users interested in downloading 3D images from Collection Online:
In 3D

Take a tour of the Cleveland Museum of Art with open access highlights and save your favorites on the ArtLens App. Interact with open access collections on the ArtLens Wall. 
ArtLens App
ArtLens Wall

Watch the livestream announcement of Open Access from January 23, 2019:

Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for details on Open Access at the Cleveland Museum of Art. For more information, read the press release and blogpost, and watch the video of the launch event.  

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Image and Data Services 
Image and Data Services Request Form 
Frequently Asked Questions



OHtec Best of Tech Awards
Winner: Best Community Collaboration and Innovation, Open Access Initiative 

Museums and the Web Awards
Finalist: Behind the Scenes, Open Access Initiative

Media and Technology MUSE Awards
Bronze: Research and Innovation, Open Access Initiative

Grands Prix Awards
Gold: Participatory Experience, ARTLENS Gallery
Silver: Cross-Institutiuon Partnership, Launching Open Access: Toolsets and Protocols for Best Practice



Open Access launch event sponsored by MCPC: