Welcome to the updated collection search. The entire database can be searched here and new records and images are added every week.
There are currently 2,297,404 records available, which represent more than 3,500,000 objects. 970,444 records have one or more images.
Last updated: 15 October 2016.
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About the collection online
Most images in the collection online are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.
The largest images available are 750 pixels wide at 72 dpi. For most objects, you can also request high resolution images (with the longest edge at 2,500 pixels, which will appear at a maximum of 21 cm when printed at 300 dpi) for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. You will need to register for our free image service with your name, address and email address, and the image will be sent to you as an email attachment.
You can read more about the British Museum and Creative Commons here.
For uses not covered under the Creative Commons license, or to license the images for commercial uses, visit British Museum Images at bmimages.com.
The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.
British Museum collection data is available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, joining and relating to a growing body of linked data published around the world.
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