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How to Get Started

Explore Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection through this online search of approximately 17,000 objects, which represents about 63% of the museum’s total collection. Here you will find paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and design objects, works on paper, and other media, as well as objects in the collection of the Heinz Architectural Center and, if you wish, thousands of images in the Teenie Harris Archive. We consider this to be a collections beta; development is ongoing and functionality is being improved. In an effort to increase transparency, we are publishing as many records as possible, at varying levels of completeness. Not all objects in the collection are currently available, but we are continually adding new information to this online resource and updating existing records. 

To start your search, use the “Search the Collection” box above to search by artist name, nationality, title, accession number, or keyword. You can enter any number of words in the text box. The search engine interprets multiple-word queries as “AND” queries. Only records containing all of the words will be returned. Use the filters below to narrow your search by nationality, date, classification, department, theme, location, or assets such as associated images, video, and audio.


Please note: Currently names that include diacritical marks (e.g., “Paul Cézanne,” “Lázló Moholy-Nagy,” “Hiroshige Andô”) do not return results if they are typed with base characters (e.g., “e” for “é,” or “a” for “á”). We are working to address this functionality. To achieve good search results, select artist names from the “Browse all Artists” list.

Teenie Harris Archive

If you are looking for a photograph from the Teenie Harris Archive, be sure to click the “From the Teenie Harris Archive” box below before executing your search.

Because of the sheer volume of Teenie Harris Archive records (some 60,000), try to refine your search as much as possible for best results. If you know the accession number of the image you’re looking for, that is an ideal way to search.