The Finnish National Gallery also offers materials and content from its collections online. Open data is public information made available for free for anyone to reuse accordingly to its licence.

The Finnish National Gallery has released art collection metadata as open data and a selection of photographs. The metadata is released under the Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence. All the photographs have a free access and you can use, redistribute and adapt them for any purpose, even commercially. You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. Please see the related licences for more detail.

Art Collections Online website

Finnish National Gallery’s art collections: metadata, API and dataset
The Finnish National Gallery provides an API (application programming interface) to facilitate searching for information about the works of art administered by the National Gallery and the artists. You an also download a dataset. Licence: CC0 1.0

Finnish State Art Commission’s art collections: metadata, API and dataset
The purpose of the Finnish State Art Commission is to acquire works of art for Government properties and buildings in Government use, and to attend to the management of its Art Collection. Collection is one of the largest art collections in Finland. The metadata of the works of art is available via API (application programming interface) and as a dataset you can download. Licence: CC0 1.0

Photos in Flickr

Historical photos of Ateneum
Old photographs from Ateneum, 1890–1915. Ateneum building was completed in spring 1887, and it housed the Finnish Art Society and its collections, the Society’s Drawing School, the Finnish Association of Applied Arts and its collections, as well as the School of Applied Arts. Licence: CC BY 2.0

Discovering Hugo Simberg
Discovering Hugo Simberg contains a free release of photographs taken by the Finnish artist Hugo Simberg in 1891–1917. Photos and metadata also available as datasets on Lähteillä website of the Finnish National Gallery. Licence: CC BY 2.0

The Kiasma building
This album presents the Kiasma building with its surroundings.Licence: CC BY 2.0

Kiasma under construction 1996–98
This album showcases the construction phase of Kiasma building. The story of the Kiasma building begins with an architectural design competition in 1992. From among the 516 submissions, the winning entry was Chiasma by American architect Steven Holl. Construction of the museum along Mannerheimintie began in 1996, and Kiasma was opened to the public in 1998. Licence: CC BY 2.0

Finnish National Gallery’s Lähteillä website

Daniel Nyblin’s glass negatives of artworks
Photographer Daniel Nyblin (1856–1923) is one of the most eminent and prolific photographers in Finland in the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition of portraits and landscapes he photographed Finnish art into glass negatives, often when the works of art were just completed or when they were on display in exhibitions. There are 963 negatives. You can download the photographs and their metadata. Visit also the Daniel Nyblin’s glass negatives of artworks website (texts only in Finnish). Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0

Discovering Hugo Simberg
Discovering Hugo Simberg contains a free release of photographs taken by the Finnish artist Hugo Simberg in 1891–1917. You can download datasets of the photographs and their metadata. Photos also available in Flickr. Licence: CC BY 2.0

Wikimedia Commons

Media released by FNG – Photographs of Finnish National Gallery
On the Wikimedia Commons site you can find photos of e.g. the museums of Finnish National Gallery and photos of collection artists. Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0


Europeana 280
The mission of Europeana 280 campaign is to to engage audience with Europe’s art heritage. All 28 countries in the European Union, plus Norway are participating. Each country has chosen ten of some of their most important works of art. There are over 300 works in total. Finland is representedy by Ateneum Art Museum’s artworks, from years 1860–1933. Licence: CC BY 4.0