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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

see paragraphs 8 to 18 in the General 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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