Gold sword-pyramid pair truncated, with the four side panels set with gold and cloisonne garnet work.

Explore the collection

Get close to the British Museum's collection and immerse yourself in two million years of history.

The British Museum has about eight million objects in its collection, half of these you can see on the British Museum collection database. Enjoy some of the earliest objects created by man to works by contemporary artists.

Choose from curated collections below, including desire, love, identity and death and memory, as well as the Americas, China and Africa, which reveal the fascinating stories behind the objects. 

Please note that the functionality of Collection online is limited at present, and it doesn't include any objects acquired or catalogued since July 2017. A new Collection online will launch in early 2020 which will include new records and allow new ways to search.