Our museums and collections are for everyone.

Whether you are planning a visit with a school or your family, planning some university teaching or research, or just exploring online, we have plenty of resources to help you get the most out of the collections.

Finding out what we have in the collections is always a good place to start, and we have a number of ways to do that, including searchable catalogues and browseable lists.

We are making our collections accessible online in lots of ways, including a Virtual Reading Room; see our digital access guide.

Coronavirus update

Please note that in line with the latest Government regulations, our museums will close from Thursday the 5th November 2020 until the end of the national lockdown.

On-site access to the reading room remains possible for academic research and university teaching purposes. Advanced booking is required, and you can find out more about this on our using the reading room page.

For the most up-to-date information, please check out our COVID-19 updates blog.

Search our Collections

This box allows you to search our main databases. If you prefer to browse, you may wish to use the A-Z list.

We are working to upload details of our Art Collections onto our catalogue. Currently the best way to search the collections is by visiting ArtUK

Browse online

We offer several ways that you can immerse yourself in our collections. Collection A-Z collates all of our named collections into one place. Online exhibitions tells the stories of our objects through new and unique narratives created by our collections’ staff.

Plan a visit

From researchers to enthusiasts through to general members of the public with an interest, our collections serve many purposes and we keep them for everyone. Find out how you can plan a visit and discover our objects in person. Alternatively, learn about what our museums and collections offer for schools, families, and groups.