Art/ The Met Collection

The Met Collection

When The Met was founded in 1870, it owned not a single work of art. Through the combined efforts of generations of curators, researchers, and collectors, our collection has grown to represent more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe—from the first cities of the ancient world to the works of our time.

A First Look

Collection Highlights

Browse collection highlights selected by curators from the Museum's seventeen curatorial departments.

Open Access Artworks

Enjoy more than 375,000 hi-res images of public-domain works from the collection, all of which can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction.

Egyptian Art

Browse The Met's vast collection of ancient Egyptian art, with 26,000 objects of artistic, historical, and cultural importance spanning more than 300 millennia.

Spotlights on the Collection

Baseball at The Met

As the World Series approaches, explore the Museum's collection of baseball-related objects and images.

Tiffany Glass

This thematic set is full of beautiful shapes and colors, all from Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Ellsworth Kelly

Enjoy the simple shapes and bold colors of the American artist Ellsworth Kelly, whose career spanned nearly seventy years.

Explore Related Content

Painting with Coffee and Cola

Read about a recent investigation into the materials used by Thornton Dial, which shed new light on the artist's practice and the symbolism of his work.


MetCollects celebrates works of art new to the Museum's collection through the fresh eyes of photographers and the enthusiastic voices of leading scholars and artists.

Timeline of Art History

The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies to tell the story of art and global culture through The Met collection.