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Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Open Access images

Below are some free to access image collections that contain images relating to cultural heritage and museum studies. Many of the images found in these collections are made available under creative commons licences, which allows you to use the material in specific ways without seeking permission from the copyright holder.

Features images from the world's leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates and more.

Google Cultural Institute
Discover artworks and collections from around the world. Browse artworks by collections, artists, place, mdeia type, etc.

View collections from around the world. Browse collections or search by keyword or the tag cloud

Open Photo
This is a creative commons photo sharing platform where you can browse photos on a range of subjects, such as architecture, arts, landscapes, living spaces and much more

Always check the conditions of use before using images from these sources.

All creative commons licences require that you attribute the creator of the work.

Library Image collections

Finding high resolution images for your assignments and creative works can be difficult. Deakin Library subscribes to several image databases that give you access to high quality images from around the world. 

    Interactive anatomy and pathology 3D resource. Includes 3D animations showing function, bio-mechanics, and surgical procedures. Also MRI images, clinical slides, radiology slides, X-rays, dissection slides and videos. Images are cleared for educational use (with appropriate acknowledgement).
  • SMART Imagebase
    Scientific & Medical ART (SMART) Imagebase is a collection of 18,500+ high quality illustrations and animations depicting anatomy, physiology, surgery, diseases, conditions, trauma, embryology, histology, and other health science topics.
  • SpringerImages
    A continually updated collection of over 1.6 million scientific photos, graphs, histograms, figures and tables that spans scientific, technical and medical fields.
  • Science Photo Library 
    Science Photo Library is a collection of images and videos which can be used for educational purposes in lectures, exercises, exams and guides, with acknowledgement.
  • ARTstor ARTstor is a digital library of approximately 1.2 million high resolution images paintings, drawings and prints, photographs, posters, costumes and design objects.
  • Oxford Art Online An authoritative source of information about architecture and art including access to hundreds of related images.

Deakin provides access to image databases which are copyright cleared for educational purposes.  Please ensure that you check the licensing conditions before re-use, and fully reference images. 

Trove images

Find Australian image resources on Trove, including  photographs, negatives, artworks, drawings, posters, postcards and more

More image resources

Bodin, U 2014, Rock Carvings at Himmelstalund, photograph, retrieved 21 May, 2015,

To see a full list of image databases and collections go to the A-Z databases webpage for Image Databases.

Google Image search

You can search for images that are free to use, share and modify through a Google Image Advanced Search.

  • Go to Google Images
  • Enter your search terms
  • Select the Advanced Search Option and narrow the results by usage rights to 'free to use, share or modify'


When you refer to or use someone else's publications or data in your research or teaching you should attribute the creator by providing a citation that includes information about the creator and source.

Visit the Attribution webpage to find information on how to format the attribution, where to put the attribution and examples for images, podcasts and streaming videos

Doran, B 2010, I come to the art museum and all I do is watch TV, photograph, retrieved 21 May, 2015

For information on how to correctly reference image resources take a look at the referencing guide.