Hand-coloured photograph, sciopticon slide. Grotte du glaciér inférieur de Grindelwald, Suisse. Image by unknown, 1880.


A picture can say more than a thousand words! The National Museum of Science and Technology’s image collections contain over 1 million images reflecting technological development and the rise of the industrial age with a particular focus on Sweden.

In our image collections, you can explore how power plant navvies lived when they built power plants in northern Sweden, the work of telephonists in the 1920s, what it was like to work down a mine and much more. Or why not head off on a journey into Europe around the turn of last century.

Our collections include photo collections pertaining to big manufacturing industries but also collections from individual photographers. You can see photos of cars, bicycles, buildings, inventions, the great world expositions, workers, telecommunications history, and much more. We also have a large collection of images from the Museum’s own activities.

We are in the process of digitising our image collections. You are welcome to search in our digitised image collections via DigitaltMuseum. If you have any questions or need help finding an image, feel free to contact us.


Emilie Sabel


+46 8 450 56 86


Margareta Sundberg

Image Assistant

+46 8 450 57 58


Opening hours

We receive pre-booked visits on Wednesdays from 12.30–4.30 pm. Please contact us as soon as possible so we can prepare your visit in the best possible way and bring forth the material you require.

Ph: +46(0)8-450 57 16

Last updated 12 December 2016.