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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)

American Museums


European Museums Search Collections and Nazi-Era Provenance Projects


Swiss Museums Provenance Projects

American Museums WWII Era Provenance Research Project Online PDFs

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

Philadelphia Museum of Art List of Collection Works That Changed Ownership In Continental Europe, 1933-1945 - no images (Archived version here)

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)

Joslyn Art Museum

The Guggenheim Museum, Justin K. Thannhauser Collection

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford UniversityNazi Era Provenance List 
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Cleveland Museum of Art Provenance Research Database

J Paul Getty Museum Nazi Era Provenance Gaps

Princeton University Art Museum Provenance Research


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

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