Search Tips for Museum Collections


1. UK Museums in the Collections Trust Spoliation Reports

2. US Museum Search artworks for Provenances

3. Canadian Museums

4. European Museums Provenances

5. Swiss Museums Provenance Research Projects

6. US Museums with Provenance PDFs online

7. US Museums for which we were not able to find Provenance
(Please add comment with urls of provenances, if known)

8. GITHUB: Art Museum Collections Basic Reference Information Published on Github


1. UK Museums

UK Museums central website to Spoliation Reports with artworks, provenances and questions (Collections Trust)

SEARCH TIP How to search on a keyword across all UK museums on the central Spoliation Report website (example: "private"):

Museumurl Spoliation Reports UK Museums
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
Amgueddfa Cymru
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Birmingham Museums And Art Gallery
Bowes Museum
Bristol Museums & Art Gallery
British Library
British Museum
Courtauld Gallery
Fitzwilliam Museum
Glasgow Museums
Hull City Museums & Art Gallery
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery
Imperial War Museum
Ironbridge Gorge Museum
Leicester City Museums
Manchester City Galleries
Museum of London
Museum Of The History Of Science
National Army Museum
National Galleries of Scotland
National Gallery
National Library of Scotland
National Library of Wales
National Maritime Museum
National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland
National Museums Liverpool
National Museums of Scotland
National Portrait Gallery
National Trust for Scotland
Natural History Museum
Norfolk Museums Service
Northampton Museums
Pitt Rivers Museum
Royal Air Force Museum
Royal Armouries Museum
Science Museum Group
Sir John Soane's Museum
Southampton City Art Gallery
Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Victoria & Albert Museum
Wallace Collection
Whipple Museum Of The History Of Science
Whitworth Art Gallery
York Art Gallery
additional resources for UK museums provenance research information - London -
TATE Provenance Research Project reports  archived at UK TATE Download CSV of artworks with limited metadata ( metadata for around 70,000 artworks that Tate owns or jointly owns with the National Galleries of Scotland as part of ARTIST ROOMS

The metadata here is released under the Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence. Please see the enclosed LICENCE file for more detail.)

The National Gallery of Art in London List of works with incomplete provenance from 1933–1945 (archived copy here) British Museum : The following old master drawings have an incomplete or uncertain provenance for the period 1933-45 (PDF)

2. American Museums: search collections


4. European Museums Search Collections and Nazi-Era Provenance Projects


Kunstmuseum Den Haag (no provenance information in online collection search)



Lost Art-Datenbank


Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique  see description (




German museums participating in the Flechtheim provenance project

5. Swiss Museums Provenance Projects


Nachlass Gurlitt - München: Kunstmuseum Bern (list of works)

6. American Museums WWII Era Provenance Research Project Online PDFs

Provenance of Select Works of Art in the Permanent Collection (retrieved May 27, 2022)

 Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution (PDF dated 9/10/2013 published on internet:


Tacoma Art Museum (PDF published on the internet  in 2015: Archived version here)


Toledo Museum (PDF dated 2006: Archived version here) Artwork Provenance Listings by Artist, Title, and Dates —


The Detroit Institute of Arts (original URL, archived version here)


Cantor Arts Center at Stanford UniversityNazi Era Provenance List 
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7. US Museums for which we were NOT able to find provenance online

(please add urls in comments if provenance is available)

Williams College Museum of Art WCMA

The High Museum

Rhode Island School of Design Museum

University of Michigan Museum of Art 
The provenance page links to artworks but not, it appears, to provenance

The Hood Museum: unable to access provenance which demands a login

(update ongoing....)


Sometimes it is faster and easier to search directly from the URL, just changing the search term.

For example, searching for Provenance in the European collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art:

This returns seven items. Click on each, then on "additional information". To change the search term, replace provenance  Other sources

Kulturhistorisches Museum Rostock  - SAMMLUNG BERNHARD A. BÖHMER Bestände der von den Nationalsozialisten beschlagnahmten Kunst im Kulturhistorischen Museum Rostoc

8. GITHUB: Art Museum Collections Basic Reference Information Published on Github

Williams College Museum of Art
(note: WCMA dataset does NOT include provenance)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Carnegie Museum of Art:

(note: the urls used by the Carnegie Museum of Art have changed. See Dataset with new urls derived from old )


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see Kunstmuseum Basel

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Bern Munich Gurlitt files