Data and APIs

The V&A makes available over a million collections records and over half a million images for you to explore, research, share, and play with.

This information is made available for re-use though our APIs, under our terms and conditions (in particular Section 9), for exploring the collections metadata (information about the objects in our collections) and for displaying the collection images (images of objects in our collections).

Getting started

To use our APIs, take a look at our API Guide and API Reference. If you would like to see some worked examples exploring the collections data, look through our Data Explorations notebooks.

For using our image API, see our brief documentation or read in more depth the IIIF Image API standard.

(Our previous API from 2009 is still available, with the related documentation.)

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