Helsinki City Museum has digitized a collection of over 65,000 photos. They are all available online and free to download and use. You can find photos from our day and age, but they date back to the 19th century and there are some real gems among them.
You can search through individual photos, or explore albums if you prefer that. You can download and use photos any way that you like as long as you credit the source. And if you’d like to hang a print on your wall – you can order prints directly from the website, which is really handy. The prices go between €18 and €40, depending on the size and the finish of your prints.
Here are a few photos that I found particularly interesting, weird, or beautiful while browsing through the gallery.
Go ahead and browse the gallery, and feel free to share your interesting findings with us. And now, like I often do, I’ll also leave you with a list of other institutions that offer copyright-free images, sound samples, and books, so you have it all in one place:
- Europeana Photography Collection
- The Met Museum online gallery
- Arab Image Foundation gallery
- Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection
- NASA image gallery
- American Museum of Natural History Research Library
- The Guggenheim Museum online archive (books)
- BBC Archive (sound samples)
- The Smithsonian
- Paris Musées