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The Museum’s collection online offers everyone unparalleled access to objects in the collection. This innovative database is one of the earliest and most extensive online museum search platforms in the world.

There are currently 2,335,338 records available, which represent more than 4,000,000 objects. 1,018,471 records have one or more images.

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About the collection online

About the database

The British Museum collection database may be unavailable if work is being undertaken. Please note that from 21 July 2017 content is not being added to our online collections database while we perform significant upgrades to the system. When the new systems are turned on, all additional material catalogued during that time will be available.

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Semantic web version

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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Language in context

The collection database is an extraordinary historical record. It presents a history not just of objects, but of the way they have been documented and understood over centuries, and makes this available to the widest possible audience. We aim to ensure that all language used is clearly presented in its historical context. If you have concerns about the way any terms or phrases are used in the database, please bring this to our attention by emailing and this will be reviewed by the relevant department.

Terms of use of the collection online

Most content in the collection online is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence.

The largest 2D images available on this platform 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) licence.

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. Due to ongoing improvement works being undertaken on the Collection Online, we are unable to provide technical assistance with downloading images. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

When available, you may also download 3D photographs of our objects for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence. You may also find additional 3D photographs available under the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence in the British Museum pages of external sites dedicated to 3D imaging.

You can read more about the British Museum and Creative Commons here.

For uses not covered under the Creative Commons licence, or to license the 2D and 3D photographs for commercial uses, visit British Museum Images at

Please note: these terms of use apply only to data and those 2D and 3D photographs with the credit line © The Trustees of the British Museum. Use of images with any other credit line is likely to require additional permissions. For advice, please contact the British Museum’s image service:


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

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The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects. 


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