Smithsonian on Flickr

The Smithsonian has joined Flickr Commons, the project that’s aiming to expose more of the amazing photographs locked away in our cultural institutions. Take a look! Photos from Library of Congress, the Powerhouse Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum are also up on the Commons — all are linked from the main page.

Interesting things are already starting to happen with this project — one person has recreated a photo they spotted on the Commons, and according to Roy Tennant, some of the data being added to the LoC’s photos on is making it back into their records. To me, that’s the best part of this whole thing — that they are able to collect new information about these items, and that they’re using it.