100+ Museums Turn Their Collections Into Free Downloadable Coloring Books

Free Printable Coloring Book Pages

There is no shortage of available adult coloring books and pages for any person who wants to enjoy the calming creative activity. However, it’s just once a year that coloring enthusiasts are given a new opportunity to fill in the blank pages provided by cultural institutions from around the world. Known as #ColorOurCollections, the popular campaign has museums and libraries selecting images from their acquisitions and sharing them as downloadable coloring pages for all to enjoy.

#ColorOurCollections highlights the beauty and peculiarities of the world; these aren’t typical fill-in-the-blanks. Thanks to their rich collections, scientific institutions as well as history museums have created black and white drawings featuring medical oddities, vintage advertising, and creatures they are currently researching. Not only are the pages interesting to color, but they offer the opportunity to learn something new at the same time. It just might inspire someone to research more!

For 2019, 113 institutions participated in completing free coloring pages. So, grab your colored pencils! Check out some of our favorites below, and peruse the entire selection on the #ColorOurCollections website.

113 cultural institutions from across the globe have participated in the 2019 #ColorOurCollections, in which they share free printable coloring pages based on their acquisitions.

Here’s a partial list of institutions participating in #ColorOurCollections 2019. See the entire list here.

Color Our Collections: Website
h/t: [Open Culture]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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