Guess image

Guess image aims to introduce the museum’s open, free-to-use, digital photographic materials in the form of a game.

Play the game here!


You will learn

  • how to describe the contents of photographs
  • how museums catalogue their works
  • how to view, analyse and interpret a variety of photographs
  • what the role of photography is as a means of acquiring information

Freely usable images

The images are licensed under the CC0 1.0 licence. This means that the images may be used for any purpose, including commercially, while minding privacy laws. This means that you can:

  • copy and distribute the images in any media or format
  • modify – remix and edit – the images, and create new materials based on them.

A small request

All 577 photographs come from the collections of the Finnish Museum of Photography. We would like the name of the photographer and the source of the photograph to be mentioned whenever an image is used.

The images can also be found on Flickr.



Guess image is part of the Interpretations and information – learning paths with open materials project, realised by the Finnish Museum of Photography between 2016 and 2018. The innovative national project is funded by the National Board of Antiquities, and a part of the Our Common Heritage project, which celebrates the centenary of Finnish independence.

The aim of the project is to introduce the museum's open, free-to-use, digital photographic materials to teachers, and to develop creative ways to use the images in "phenomenon-based teaching". The project represents a new form of cooperation between museums and teachers.
How can old photographs help young people to understand historical phenomena? Seven different teaching groups have sought new ways to take advantage of the museum's open materials, using a variety of tools and techniques.
Kämp Galleria
Mikonkatu 1, 00100 Helsinki
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Opening hours
Mon–Fri 11am–8pm, Sat–Sun 11am–6pm
16/6/0 €
Under 18 y.o. free admission
The Cable Factory
Kaapeliaukio 3, 00180 Helsinki
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Opening hours
Tue–Sun 11 am. – 6 pm. Wed 11 am – 8 pm
12/6/0 €, 16/6/0 € from January 1st 2024
Under 18 y.o. free admission