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Download Colouring Pages From Over 100 Museums

Lifehacker Australia logo Lifehacker Australia 22/02/2019 Nick Douglas

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Over a hundred museums and libraries around the world make colouring books based on their collections for the Colour Our Collections program, led by the New York Academy of Medicine. Along with three previous annual collections, there are now 396 PDF colouring books you can print out. Here are some of our favourites.

These are just screencaps; you can see a full-size PDF in the link below each picture. The pages vary in subject and level of detail, but the museums have taken care to keep images kid-friendly. (There is some medieval violence and religious scenes, if that’s something you want to screen before you send your kids to the site.)

Some of the books are just a couple of pages, others longer, and some include thumbnails of the full-colour originals. They all name image sources, and they all use public domain images that are legal to reuse.

a drawing of a person

From Journal des dames et des modes, an illustration by Gerda Wegener, in the British Library Colouring Book 2019.

a close up of a logo

Art by Andrew Lang from The Red Book of Animal Stories, in the Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary Collections Colouring Book 2019.

a drawing of a face

A chimera from Ulisse Aldrovandi’s Monstrorum Historia, in the Bernard Becker Medical Library Colouring Book 2019.

a close up of a book

A scene from Conradin: A philosophical ballad by C. Ashbee and Philip Mairet, in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Special Collections Colouring Book 2019.

a close up of a book

Illustration from Dionisio Catón’s Cato et contemptus, in the Biblioteca de la Universidad de Zaragoza Colouring Book 2019.

Have fun colouring, and post pictures of your work on social media with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections. You can see more highlights at the Open Culture blog. See all 396 colouring books here:

Colour Our Collections | NYAM

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