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Selected Museum Provenance Research Projects in the US and Abroad


Each of the US websites listed here offers a searchable registry of objects that changed hands in Continental Europe during the Nazi era, 1933–1945, and/or whose provenance comprises gaps, as well as additional information such as contact email, definitions, bibliography, useful links, case studies, claim resolutions, etc.

Some museums, such as The Met, have many additional artworks listed on their website, with exhibitions history, references, and provenance.

AAM Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal (U.S. museum collections)

Art Institute of Chicago

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Cleveland Museum of Art

Detroit Institute of Art

J. Paul Getty Museum

Harvard Art Museums

University of Indianapolis Bloomington Eskenazi Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art:

• Collection (see the provenance panel on the object page for each artwork)
• Provenance Research Project
Twentieth Anniversary of the Washington Principles on Holocaust-Era Art: Provenance Research Resource Hub

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Museum of Modern Art

National Gallery of Art:

• Collection
• WWII Provenance Research

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Princeton University Art Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative

Wadsworth Atheneum

Worcester Art Museum

Yale Art Gallery


European museums do not typically post the provenance of national, regional, or municipal collections online (although there are exceptions), but they do list contact links and other useful information. The below is merely a selection, and includes some relevant research institutes.



Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst (MAK)

Wien Museum


National Gallery of Australia


Royal Museums of Fine Arts


National Gallery of Canada

Art Gallery of Ontario


French Museums—Joconde: Catalogue des Collections des Musées de France (Catalogue of the Museums of France)

Catalogue of the MNR (Musées Nationaux Récupération), France
Works of art retrieved from Germany by the Allies following World War II and repatriated to France, never claimed by their legitimate owners; since then under the aegis of the Musées de France


• Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz
Die Galerie des 20. Jahrhunderts in West-Berlin

Kölnisches Stadtmuseum (Municipal Museum, Cologne)

• Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden—Kupferstich-Kabinett (Dresden State Art Collections—Museum of Prints, Drawings and Photographs)
• Dresden State Art Collections database Daphne on acquisitions made since 1933

Museum Kunstpalast

Museum Folkwang

• Städel Museum
Museum Angewandte Kunst

Hamburger Kunsthalle

• Deutsche Zentrum fur Kulturverluste (German Lost Art Foundation)

Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlungen
Zentralinstitute für Kunstgeschichte

Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart


Dutch Museums Provenance Project
Provenance Research in Dutch Museums
Museale Verwervingen vanaf 1933


Israel Museum in Jerusalem


Museum Rietberg
• Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection

United Kingdom

• The British Museum's Collection Online
• The British Museum list of Old Master Drawings without provenance for the period 1933–1945
• British National Museums
• The National Gallery
• Tate
• UK Museums' provenance research