A photographer friend of mine, Christian Santiago, recently redirected me to Flickr. I remember the Flickr of a few years ago, largely used as a repository for vacation photos. Wow has Flickr grown up! As a Social Studies teacher, I am always on the look out for high quality images that are Creative Commons Licensed. Now, museums around the world are using Flickr as a means to showcase and share their collections. What makes these Flickr streams especially valuable is that they use them to highlight their archived material.
Here is a short list of museums on Flickr:
Boys picking up garbage, courtesy of the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress – An amazing repository of images from American history, some of the highlights include Dorothea Lange, the history of baseball, and photojournalist collections about child labor.
The Field Museum Library – More than 1,600 images of both the collection of Field Museum and the history of the museum itself.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Not only do they have some great images from their collection, but they include photos of their social events including the Met Gala.
The British Library – More than a million images from their collection covering topics like fashion, cartography, warfare, botany, and more.
The British Museum – While they have only few images from their collection, they post pictures and videos from their live events around the world, such as Nelson Mandela Day and Day of the Dead Altar.
Prairie Dawn 1971 Muppets, Courtesy of the Smithsonian Museum
Guggenheim Museum – This is a great way to look at installation exhibits!
National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian – Not only do they post images from their collection, but pictures of the museums’s history, scanning images for their x 3D collection, and more.
National Media Museum – This English museum focuses on photography, video, memes, and more.
The Smithsonian Institution – A great highlight of material at all of the Smithsonian Institutions.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – Another amazing collection of natural history artifacts.
Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art – A nice overview of the collection and exhibits at LACMA.
This is only a small collection, but Fickr is an excellent resource for educators looking for unique, high quality images to incorporate into lessons or to teach students about licensing online content.