Wallpaper in the Chinese Dressing Room at Saltram

Art & collections

Visitors enjoying Rembrandt selfie at Buckland Abbey

Introducing our remarkable collections 

We care for one of the world’s largest art and heritage collections. With close to one million objects at over 200 historic places, a surprise discovery awaits you around every corner.

Stories from our places
View into the Main Hall at Croome, Worcestershire.

Croome's treasures return home 

This year, the historic collection of the Earls of Coventry returned to Croome after 70 years. Lead Curator Jane Gallagher recounts Croome's reversal of fortune - a tale of loss, hardship and survival. This grand house and surrounding estate, which variously served as a secret RAF base, school house and Hare Krishna retreat, reveal a story of fascinating twists and turns.

The Madonna of Humility by Francescuccio Ghissi

The art of the triptych at our places 

A triptych is a work of art divided into three sections. These three-fold objects range from monumental altarpieces to private devotional objects. From Bosch to the Pre-Raphaelites, discover the beautiful examples on show at our places.

The Penitent Magdalen by Sir Peter Lely

Object in focus: the Penitent Magdalen 

Discover what has emerged from the shadows as David Taylor, our Curator of pictures and sculpture, discusses this beautiful painting by Anglo-Dutch artist Sir Peter Lely. The picture, cleaned and conserved earlier this year, now hangs resplendent in the Saloon at Kingston Lacy, where many other fine works by the artist are housed.

The Library at Belton House, Lincolnshire

House and collection highlights at our places 

Get closer to the many objects and works of art in the houses and world-class collections we care for in our round-up of articles.

Exhibition highlights

Recent acquisitions and loans

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