Sites with Microscope images

There are many on-line collections of images taken with a microscope. It would be impossible to collect them all, but the links in this table provide a cross section of different imaging modes and subjects. Some sites now include videos of time-lapse or 3D rotations.

Please be respectful of the copyrights of the image owners if you choose to use any of these images.

Image Gallery Web Site
Types of Specimens
Dennis Kunkel's Microscopysingle celled organisms, bugs, viruses, plants, cells, etc.   
beautiful colorized images
Microangela's Electron Microscope Image gallerysingle celled organisms, bugs, cells, marine life, etc.   
beautiful colorized images
SharfPhoto - David Scharfcells, materials, fungi, semiconductors, insects, etc .
beautiful colorized images
Cells Alive!
Crystals Alive!
bacteria, cells organic crystals 
beautiful colorized images
The Galleria, Molecular Expressions, Florida State chips, organic crystals, wood, food, etc. 
Nikon's Small World Gallerybiological, materials 
Olympus - list of galleriesbiological, materials, insects, pond life (videos)
Leica Microimaging - confocal gallerycells & tissues  
High-resolution & Superresolution Image Gallery, GE Healthcare Life Sciencescells, tissues  
Wilson "Snowflake" Bentleysnowflakes 
Imaging Technology Group Gallery, Beckman Inst., Univ. of Illinoiscells, bugs, materials, etc. 
Great Lakes Diatoms,
Center for Great Lakes and Aquatic Sciences, University of Michigan
Biomedical Image Awards (Wellcome Trust)cells & tissues 
BGSU - Algae Image Lab algae 
Biological movies cells, plants, organisms, Ca+ imaging 
BUGscope Gallerybugs    
Foods Under the Microscopefood 
Thermo Scientific - Gallery (previously Molecular Probes, Invitrogen)cells, tissues  
Purdue Cytometry CDs #1, #2, and #3 Imagescells, tissues  
Cytogenetics Image Gallery, Univ. of Washingtonchromosomes 
MicScape: Introduction to Microscopy
Micropolitan Museum of Microscopic art forms
Microscopy Movies
insects, plants, pond life, marine life 
Image Gallery, Light Microscopy Forumprotozoa, rotifers, etc. 
The Ugly Bug page (Oklahoma Microscopy Society)insects    
Journal of Visualized Experiments (sort of a biological sciences YouTube)movies of cells and tissues
The Paper Project - Arizona State Universityhandmade papers  

Other sites

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Reviewed & updated 07/17/2017. Creation of this web page was originally supported as part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona, NIEHS P30 ES006694.