Open Access API

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) was founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever.” The museum strives to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world’s great art. The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world and one of northeastern Ohio’s principal civic and cultural institutions. 

The Cleveland Museum of Art provides datasets of information on more than 64,000 artwork records in its Collection for unrestricted commercial and noncommercial use. Additionally, the museum provides image assets for over 37,000 works, which are made available under the same terms. Links to the web, print, and full-sized, uncompressed versions of these images are included in the dataset where applicable.

To the extent possible under law, The Cleveland Museum of Art has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this dataset using Creative Commons Zero. This work is published from: The United States Of America. You can also find the text of the CC Zero deed in the file LICENSE in this repository. These select datasets are now available for use in any media without permission or fee; they also include identifying data for artworks under copyright. The datasets support the search, use, and interaction with the Museum’s collection.

For more information about CMA's Open Access initiative, please visit

For any questions about the dataset, the API, or anything else related to CMA's Open Access initiative, please contact:

Code examples for querying the API and manipulating the response data can be found here.

If you do not wish to use our API, you can obtain the complete and current dataset in JSON or CSV format from our GitHub repository.