The Met shares 375,000 images with the public

American authorities on Wednesday repatriated to Egypt a gilded coffin purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art but discovered to have been looted in the wake of 2011's Egyptian revolution.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has announced a new "Open Access" policy, making all images of public-domain artworks in its collection available for free and unrestricted use.

The museum has partnered with Creative Commons, Wikimedia, Artstor, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Art Resource and Pinterest to maximize access to the collection.

The images will be available for commercial and scholarly purposes, while the public will be able to find the images on Pinterest.

With the new policy, the museum has "invited the world to use, remix, and share their public-domain collections widely and without restriction," according to Ryan Merkley, CEO, Creative Commons.

The Met says it will roll out access in an ongoing manner.

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