Online Museum Collection Information


About the Database

One of the ways that Winterthur provides information about its Museum collection to the public is via an online database that draws upon the Museum's KE EMu collections management system. As a work in progress, the Museum continues to improve both the quantity and quality of the information and images contained within the online database. (See also Library and Garden collections.)

Online publication of the Museum collection data is rooted in an ideal of open access. Currently, the online database contains records with core details for the majority of the more than 90,000 objects in the Museum collection.

Note that not all records included in the database have been reviewed for completeness or accuracy. That process is ongoing and we welcome your assistance in drawing our attention to any particularly egregious omissions or inaccuracies. If you have questions or concerns about the objects or object information that you discover in this database, please email and cite the relevant museum object number(s).


Use Permissions

Images may not be used for print publication or commercial purposes without written approval from Winterthur. To request licensing of an image for print publication or commercial use, or to request publication-quality photography of an object, please email and cite the relevant museum object number(s).

All information (data, images, and text) on the Winterthur website are made available for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws.



For general inquiries: Museum Collection (
For image requests: Photo Services (
For technical support: Webmaster (



Winterthur gratefully acknowledges the following contributors of this multi-phased project to update and digitize our important museum collection:

The Coby Foundation Ltd
The Jane du Pont Lunger Charitable Residual Trust Fund
Museum Loan Network (MLN)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)