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 2,122,478 records available, which represent more than 3,500,000 objects. 818,783 records have one or more images.
Last updated: 2 March 2014.
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About the collection online
Images of objects in the collection can be used for research and publication:
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.
The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.
Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.