Sketchfab Launches Public Domain Dedication for Cultural Heritage with the Smithsonian Institution and World-class Organizations

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This newly supported dedication allows museums and similar organizations to share their 3D data in a more open way, adding 3D models to the Public Domain, many for the first time.

Sketchfab made this announcement in collaboration with a long list of cultural organizations from all over the world

Cultural organizations using Sketchfab can now dedicate their 3D scans and models to the Public Domain using the Creative Commons (CC) 0 Public Domain Dedication. The update also makes it even easier for 3D creators to download and reuse, re-imagine, and remix incredible ancient and modern artifacts, objects, and scenes.

Sketchfab made this announcement in collaboration with a long list of cultural organizations from all over the world. Notably, the Smithsonian Institution joined this dedication with the upload of their first official 3D models to Sketchfab as part of their newly launched open access initiative.

Discover the growing collection of 1600+ public domain 3D models.

This launch is only just the start of Sketchfab’s support for CC0 - the company expects and invites more institutions to add 3D models to the public domain via the CC0 dedication in the future. If you work at a museum, gallery or archive and want help dedicating your organizations’ 3D models to the Public Domain you can get in touch at

Sketchfab + Creative Commons

In 2014, Sketchfab adopted Creative Commons Attribution licenses for the newly introduced download option. Since 2014, over 300,000 3D models have been made available by creators offering their work for reuse under these generous and standardized licenses.

With the introduction of the CC0 dedication for cultural heritage content, Sketchfab continues to foster ongoing artistic and academic reuse of 3D data under clear and easily understandable terms.

3D artists, filmmakers, VR & AR creatives, 3D print studios, brands, 3D hobbyists and everyone in between can dive right in and incorporate classic and ancient 3D data into their workflows—even for commercial purposes—without any need to credit the original creator.

See how 3D artists are already remixing cultural and historical 3D models in this collection.

Supporting Open Access

Sketchfab’s implementation of CC0 dedication for 3D cultural heritage content is in harmony with the ongoing trend of open access policies that are being adopted by many of the world’s leading cultural organizations. With thousands of museums, libraries, art galleries, and archaeological projects already using Sketchfab to share their 3D data online, the platform wants to make it easy for organizations to align their digital 3D collections with their open access policies.

The following institutions have already created CC0 collections:

  • ADD & 4D, ES
  • Arms Museum, RU
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, US
  • Digital Archive of Natural History (DiNArDa), DE
  • Digital Atlas of Ancient Life, US
  • Digital Heritage Age, Digital Counties Project, EI
  • Faroe Islands National Museum, DK
  • Ingenium, CA
  • Jena - Lichtstadt, DE
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art, US
  • Morbase Museu Virtual, PTS
  • Musée Saint-Raymond, FR
  • Museus de Sitges, ES
  • Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Chile, CL
  • Niederösterreich 3D, AT
  • RLA Archaeology, US
  • Science Museum Group, UK
  • Scottish Maritime Museum, UK
  • The Smithsonian Institution, US
  • SMK - National Gallery of Denmark, DK
  • State Darwin Museum, RU
  • Sterlitamak BashSU Archaeological Museum, RU
  • The Cable Center, US
  • University of Dundee Museum Collections, UK
  • Världskulturmuseerna, SE
  • Virtual Curation Lab, US
  • Western Science Center, US

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