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Art & collections

botanical illustration of daffoldils

Spring into our collections 

Artists and designers never cease to be amazed by the natural world, taking inspiration from plants, trees and wildlife. Celebrate the season by exploring these evocative depictions of spring and blossom in our collections.

Chinese wallpaper in the Chinese bedroom at Belton, depicting a garden party

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.

Objects in focus

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.

A closer look

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