The Rothschilds were dedicated collectors. From books to butterflies, stamps to silver, they vied among themselves to develop the most spectacular collections. The great Rothschild houses were perfect settings for silverware, porcelain and art. Others, with scientific inclinations, sought out zoological and horticultural specimens.
Not content with merely gathering, the Rothschilds acquired the skills to develop collections of significance, adding to the knowledge of scientists and art historians worldwide. Many collections were bequeathed to libraries, galleries and museums, where they can be seen today. Read more about the collections of the family by clicking the links to the left.
Rothschild Collections microsite
The Rothschild Archive is pleased to announce the launch of a new microsite as part of the Rothschild Research Forum. Dedicated to aspects of Rothschild collecting and collections, the microsite contains new pages of information about historic Rothschild collections across Europe, including details of important Rothschild sales, inventories and catalogues and restitution. New researchers will need to apply for a Research Forum account to access these pages.