Close view of the frieze of Cupid and Psyche in the Music Room at West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire

Art & collections

Elizabeth I portrait

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.

Spring exhibitions

Objects in focus

Latest from the Curator's blog
Mary Ward's brass microscope with mahogany case and lenses

An object I love at Castle Ward: Mary Ward’s microscope 

In our latest Curator's blog. Frances Bailey, Lead Curator for Northern Ireland, tells us about her favourite object at Castle Ward in County Down - a brass microscope that Mary Ward was given as a teenager. Mary Ward lived at Castle Ward in the 19th-century and is known for her beautiful 19th-century scientific illustrations and books for children about the natural world.

Places with collections we recommend

Petworth, West Sussex

Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and nestled in the South Downs, Petworth House displays the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.

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Grantham, Lincolnshire

The perfect English country house?

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Sevenoaks, Kent

Be part of a 400 year history of visiting Knole

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Recent acquisitions and loans

Hispano-Moresque basil pot, 1440–70, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Art and collections publications 

Delve deeper into our collections and curatorial research in some of the key specialist publications the National Trust produces, including the lavishly illustrated Historic Houses & Collections Annual and Art, Buildings & Collections Bulletin.

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