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Using Museum Photos

Obtaining Images from the Museum

Most images used in  Museum exhibitions and on its website are copyright protected. Permission must be obtained from the copyright holder prior to use. However, the Museum offers some public domain and Museum-owned images online.

Exhibition Images

These images appear in the Museum’s traveling exhibitions.

Visit the Press Room section of our website and select the press kit you wish to view. Several high resolution images for print or web usage along with captions and credits are available by clicking on these images.

Historical Images

If the image you are searching for is not from a Museum exhibition it may be accessible through the Museum’s photo archives online catalog.

To search the photo archives online catalog, select “historical” as the photograph type and enter a keyword, phrase, personal name, or geographic location into the box marked “search photos.”

To request a high-resolution image, e-mail the photograph’s corresponding reference number to photoarchives@ushmm.org. There is an administrative fee of $17 per image fee for each high-resolution image sent via e-mail. Payment should be arranged through the Photo Archives Department.

Institutional Images

These images include those of the Museum and its programs. They are accessible through the Museum’s photo archives online catalog.

To search the photo archives online catalog, select “institutional” as the photograph type and enter a keyword, phrase, personal name, or geographic location into the box marked “search photos.”
Click on “search.”

To request a high-resolution image, e-mail the photograph’s corresponding reference number to photoarchives@ushmm.org. There is an administrative fee of $17 per image fee for each high-resolution image sent via e-mail. Payment should be arranged through the Photo Archives Department.

Artifact Images

Images of the Museum’s collection of over 10,000 artifacts are also available through the photo archives online catalog.

To search the photo archives online catalog, select “USHMM artifact” as the photograph type and enter a keyword, phrase, personal name, or geographic location into the box marked “search photos.”

To request a high-resolution image, e-mail the photograph’s corresponding reference number to photoarchives@ushmm.org. There is an administrative fee of $17 per image fee for each high-resolution image sent via e-mail. Payment should be arranged through the Photo Archives Department.