The British Museum Collection online

The British Museum was founded in 1753 as the first national public museum in the world. Today nearly 6 million people visit the museum per year. Objects from the entire world and from all periods in history are present. A large variety of types is available, such as drawings, sculpture, paintings, objects, manuscripts, and archival documents.

On this website it is possible to search the entire database of the British Museum. A large number of records also contain one or more images. New records and images keep being added. In December 2014 over 2 million records were available, which represented more than 3.500.000 objects. Over 867.000 records also had one or more images. By selecting ‘images only’ searching is limited to digitized items.

Both basic and advanced search are available. Each image is accompanied by extensive metadata. Images can be downloaded in JPEG format.

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Monday, 23 March 2015 - 12:00pm
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