Our APIs

If you think APIs are just a way of integrating tools and apps, then think again. They can help us to work closer together in research, education and the creative industries than ever before. Now, APIs have the power to transform the world with culture.  

Europeana APIs allow you to build applications that use the wealth of our collections drawn from the major museums and galleries across Europe. Their scope includes millions of cultural heritage items (from books and paintings to 3D objects and audiovisual material) that celebrate around 4,000 cultural institutions across Europe. 

If you want to see an example of our API in action, then look no further than the Europeana website.

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Title: Porträttkarikatyren "Bibliotekarien" troligen på forskaren Wolfgang Lazius
Creator: Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Date: 1562
Institution: Skoklosters slott
Country: Sweden
Public Domain

Terms of Use

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Title: Nakahara in de provincie Sagami
Date: 1831 - 1835
Institution: Rijksmuseum
Country: Netherlands
Public Domain

Explore our APIs

Europeana REST API
Title: 25.0 IBM Lillehammer 1994
Institution: Telemuseet
Country: Norway
CC BY-SA

Europeana REST API

The Europeana REST API allows you to build applications that use the wealth of our collections drawn from the major museums and galleries across Europe. Find the API documentation about the Europeana REST API. 

Record API
Title: [Equip de futbol] | Desconegut
Date: 1930/1931
Institution: Ajuntament de Girona
Country: Spain
Public Domain

Record API

API documentation explaining how to use the Europeana Record API. The Record API provides direct access to the Europeana data, which is modeled using the Europeana Data Model (EDM). 

Annotations API
Title: Study of Rocks
Creator: Čordák, Ľudovít
Date: 1900/1930
Institution: Slovak National Gallery
Country: Slovakia
Public Domain

Annotations API

API documentation explaining how to use the Europeana Annotations API. The Annotations API allows you to create and retrieve user and machine created annotations on Europeana objects or media.

IIIF APIs
Title: Seascape with Ships
Creator: Jan van de Cappelle
Date: 1660
Institution: Mauritshuis
Country: Netherlands
Public Domain

IIIF APIs

The IIIF APIs offer an alternative and complementary means to group, search and access information about the digital objects specifically tailored for the display of newspaper materials.

SPARQL
Title: Motif from Chiemsee
Creator: Katona, Ferdinand
Date: 1912
Institution: Slovak National Gallery
Country: Slovakia
Public Domain

SPARQL

API documentation explaining how to use the SPARQL API. The SPARQL API allows you to explore connections between Europeana data and outside data sources, like VIAF, Iconclass, Getty Vocabularies (AAT), Geonames, Wikidata, and DBPedia.

Harvesting and Downloads
Title: Harvest. Study
Creator: Berndt Lindholm
Institution: Nationalmuseum
Country: Sweden
Public Domain

Harvesting and Downloads

Besides our main APIs for searching and retrieving metadata about objects, we also offer other methods for downloading and harvesting metadata from Europeana.eu that are better suited for scale.

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