Detail from a painting by the Flemish artist Nicolas van Veerendael on display at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire. Although painted decades after 'tulipomania' the flamed-petalled Semper Augustus is placed centre stage

Art & collections

View of Dordrecht (from the Maas) by Aelbert Cuyp

Spectacular skies in our collections 

Many artists have tried to capture the fleeting moments of sunrise and sunset and the colours and drama of daybreak and dusk. We’ve selected some of the best examples in our paintings collection. Each portrays some aspect of the beauty, magnificence and tranquillity of dawn and the changing light at sunset.

Playful objects in focus

Travelling Chariot

Introducing our remarkable treasures 

We look after one of the world’s largest art and heritage collections. With more than one million objects at over 200 historic places - including over 400,000 book titles - a surprise discovery awaits you around every corner.

The Fury of Athamas sculpture by John Flaxman on display at Ickworth's new exhibition

Major exhibitions 

Although our houses and buildings are currently closed, you can still enjoy some of our major exhibition highlights online. Take a peek into Nostell’s recently conserved 18th-century dolls house, discover Osterley’s treasures, and delve into the art collection at Ickworth.

Conservator checking a painting

Help us protect the collections in our care 

As a charity, we rely on donations. But our income has dropped sharply due to the coronavirus crisis. Donate now to support our remaining staff who are continuing to monitor environmental conditions of the collections in our care to prevent deterioration or damage.

A closer look

Recent acquisitions and publications

Explore our collections

The majority of objects in our care are recorded on our National Trust Collections website. You'll find many intriguing items to explore at places near you