Picture archive

Would you like to see pictures from your childhood in Lappeenranta or elsewhere in South Karelia? Do you know what it looked like in Viipuri or the Karelian Isthmus in the 1930s?

The Museums of Lapppeenrantan picture archive contains more than 180,000 photographs. The archive records the visual cultural heritage of Lappeenranta, the region of South Karelia and the pre-war Viipuri and Karelian Isthmus, including photographs and postcards. The museum provides pictures to private people, associations, researchers, publications, marketing and the media.

The easiest way to browse the picture collections is using the Finna service, where the museum has already published approximately 17,000 photographs. Photographs published online can be downloaded and used freely as long as you mention the name of the museum and the photographer. You can also use Finna to submit feedback or additional information related to individual photographs or order photographs.

If you cannot find what you are looking for in Finna, you can also visit the Museums of Lappeenranta picture archive by advance agreement. The picture archive serves in the Lappeenranta Museums office building at Kristiinankatu 9.

Use the service


The customer service facilities of the museum’s picture archive are open by agreement during office hours. Visitors should always contact us in advance for an appointment.

Payment information

The services provided by the picture archive are generally free of charge. You can browse the museum’s collections free of charge in Finna and on-site or get advice on matters related to the photographs.

Paid services include extensive information retrieval that requires research and delivering printable pictures to clients. The price list for the picture services is available on the museum’s website.

Most Finnish museums are co-funded by the central government and municipalities. Museums also obtain financing through their fund-raising activities, including entrance fees.

Service background and legislation

The purpose of museum services is to maintain and build up the population's understanding of culture, history and environment. The museums are open for everyone.

The museums preserve cultural and natural heritage and keep it for the generations to come. Through their exhibitions and publications, the museums also inform the public and engage in research and teaching.