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The big list of online textile collections

One of the things I like to regularly do is to search the online collections of museums from around the world for inspiration in their needlework, embroidery and textile collections. Sometimes the works I find are contemporary, and sometimes they are historical.

These days many museums are increasingly putting their collections online. The quality of the images can vary, but some are excellent. Even if the image isn't excellent quality, it might just spark an amazing new idea...!

This list is not exhaustive, so if you have any suggestions for museums with searchable online collections that are not yet on this list, please let me know and I will be happy to add them. However, in the words of one excited reader, "It's the mother lode!"

Thank you to all who have already contributed, particularly Laura.

1
 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2
  The Victoria and Albert Museum
3
  Digitalt Museum, Norway
4
  Digitalt Museum, Sweden
5
  Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, AKA The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
6
  The Cooper Hewitt Museum
7
  Museum Rotterdam
8
  The Cleveland Museum of Art
9
  Mineapolis Institute of Arts
10
  The Röhsska Museum, Sweden
11
  Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid
12
  Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institute
13
  Philadelphia Museum of Art
14
  The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore MD
15
  The Swiss National Museum
16
  The Art Institute of Chicago
17
  Textile Museum of Canada
18
  National Trust UK
19
  Winterthur Museum
20
  Ashmolean Museum
21
  The Rijksmuseum
22
  Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, University of Wisconsin-Madison
23
  Harvard Art Museums
24
  The British Museum
25
  Collections Search Centre, Smithsonian Institute
26
  David & Roberta Logie Department of Textile & Fashion Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
27
  National Gallery of Victoria
28
  The Memory of the Netherlands
29
  The Fitzwilliam Museum
30
  The Bowes Museum
31
  National Museums Northern Ireland
32
  Néprajzi Múzeum - Museum of Ethnography, Budapest
33
  Chicago History Museum
34
  Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa
35
  Mansoojat Foundation, Museum of Saudi Arabian Costume Online
36
  Lacma - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
37
  International Quilt Study Center and Museum
38
  The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)
39
  Museum of London
40
  e-Museum, National Museums of Japan
41
  National Museum of Korea
42
  Finnish Museums Online
43
  Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
44
  Museum of World Culture, Sweden
45
  Museo Nacional de Antropología, Spain (Spanish language only)
46
  National Museums Scotland
47
  The Chase Catalogue, American Textile History Museum
48
  Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia
49
  Conner Prairie Museum Textile Collection
50
  Textiel Museum, Tilburg Netherlands
51
  Royal Ontario Museum
52
  Rhode Island School of Design Museum
53
  Les Arts Decoratifs (French language only)
54
  Baltimore Museum of Art
55
  Museum of Arts and Traditions, Seville / Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares de Sevilla
56
  Friese Merklappen (Dutch language only)
57
  Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum

 

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