The majority of the digital images in the National Museum's collection can be used freely, but restrictions apply to artworks that are in copyright.

All digital reproductions of works in the National Museum's collection are taken by the National Museum's photographers, and are available as JPEG downloads. Resolution information is provided in the download dialogue box.

About works protected by copyright

Some artworks in the National Museum's collection are protected by copyright. As of 2020 these works amount to around 25% of the works published. The copyright of an artwork lasts for the artist's lifetime and 70 years after the end of the year of death. 

Artworks in copyright are reproduced according to agreement with BONO (Norwegian Visual Artists Copyright Society). These works cannot be reproduced without permission by law or from the rightsholder / BONO. The copyright of the artworks is administrated by BONO. 

It is a user's responsibility to ensure that the use of images is not in violation of the artist's copyright. If you are in doubt or wish to confirm the use of an artwork with the rightsholder, please contact BONO (

Free use of all other images in the collection

All works not labeled with copyright can be reproduced and published freely. 

The National Museum's photo lisence for the digital images is Creative Commons Attribution Lisence (CC-BY).

When publishing, the name of the artist, the title of the work, as well as the name of the photographer and "the National Museum", must be stated.


Hannah Ryggen, Første mai-tog. 1935. ©Hannah Ryggen / BONO. Photo: Dag Andre Ivarsøy / The National Museum

You are allowed to:

  • Share – copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt – remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution – You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.


If you want an image file in a higher resolution than what is on our website, or the artwork has not been photographed, please contact the National Museum's Photo Agency.