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Museums Transform Iconic Collections Into Free Coloring Pages

MuseuScreenshot 2020-02-06 at 9.24.06 AMms around the world are encouraging fans to color on some of their most prized art collections. The #ColorOurCollections initiative invites viewers to "download, color and reimagine thousands of black-and-white artworks sourced from dozens of cultural mainstays around the world."  And the best part?  It's completely free.


The #ColorOurCollections initiative first launched in 2016 by the New York Academy of Medicine Library (NYAM).  This year there are over 100 institutions participating in #ColorOurCollections and include the following:

  • Harvard University's Countway Library
  • Library of Virginia
  • University of Waterloo
  • Les Champs Libres
  • Harley-Davidson Archives
  • Pritzker Military Museum
  • New York Academy of Medicine


Content available for free downloads ranges from intricate depictions of the human body from prestigious academic institutions to artwork from the 19th century "nickel-and-dime" novels named for their affordable price-point as well as 1920s advertisements for soda, butter, and shoes.


Check out the full coloring collection here!



Classroom Use Tip:  These black-and-white coloring pages would make the perfect independent activity to have out when students complete coursework early.  








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