Rabbit Hunt – A Hop Through Online Museum Collections


To celebrate Easter 2017, I decided to explore some of the online collections published by museums. As I am interested in re-using content, I tend to gravitate towards those institutions who open up their digitized collections for this purpose.

Rather than hunting for coloured eggs left behind by the Easter Bunny, I instead looked for the bunny itself, searching museum catalogues for interesting artefacts featuring rabbits or hares.

Below are just five of the fascinating objects I found, chosen to reflect a variety of cultures and a range of media.

Infographic showing five different rabbit themed objects from museum collections, a Cambodian pot, a British textile print, an Ancient Egyptian amulet , a Dutch print and a Japanese netsuke.

Online catalogues used

The Brooklyn Museum

The Met Museum

The Rijksmuseum

The Science Museum Group

The Victoria & Albert Museum

Other relevant blog posts

Click here to read a short blog post about creating mash-ups using open source assets from online museum collections.  Includes images and a gif created using designs from William Morris and art from Vincent van Gogh.


About Izzy Bartley

Formerly a teacher, I more recently completed a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage Management. Following this I worked commercially in the heritage sector for nearly two years, before becoming the Digital Learning Officer at Leeds Museums and Galleries in 2017.

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