Signature Image for Open Image Archive Project.

Open Image Archive

Our entire image archive is available on the Internet. All over 70,000 images are published under open licenses, over 40,000 of them in high resolution. Now you can download and use all our images, free of charge.

International recognition

The release of the archive has attracted a lot of attention in the museum sector. In May 2014, we proudly received a Gold Medal from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) at the Media and Technology MUSE Awards, in the brand new category Open, which was created specially for our project.

Image of the poster that was made to celebrate the Muse Awards.

At the GLAM-Wiki Conference in Haag, in April 2015, the Europeana Foundation presented a paper about the Open Image Archive project. In the paper, "Making an impact on a small budget" the process of going open is described. The study is summarized here, on the Europeana blog.

We also deliver our images to Europeana.

Wikimedia Commons

The 40,000 high resolution images are available on Wikimedia Commons. This way we can reach a larger audience, both nationally and internationally. Our data can also be found through the museum portal Kringla and anybody can use the material for building their own applications via K-Samsök, the national aggregator for cultural heritage data, or via the Europeana API.

Image of "the Librarian" by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.


The images are licensed with Creative Commons licenses, stating what the user can do and which information that should accompany the image.

"Frukt- och grönsakshandel" by Pieter Aertsen

Thanks to Vinnova

The Open Image Archive was made possible by financial support from Vinnova, the Swedish Innovation Agency, and it was released in March 2013.




Logo for Department of Digital Resources

The Open Image Archive project was created and performed by the Department of Digital Resources (@DigM_LSH).

If you have any further questions regarding the project, please contact Karin Nilsson (Head of the department), either on Twitter (@karin_nilsson) or  e-mail (