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
Browse highlights of the collection selected by curators from the Museum's seventeen curatorial departments.
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.
View this department's vast collection representing five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories.
Spotlights on the Collection
Discover ten objects from the collection that showcase mustache styles across time and cultures.
Explore the simple shapes and bold colors of the American artist Ellsworth Kelly, whose career spanned nearly seventy years.
Browse a collection of works by one of the greatest creative figures of the nineteenth century, and the subject of two current exhibitions at The Met.
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Explore a provocative new juxtaposition of four paintings by Veronese, Titian, and Lotto—all of which depict Venus, the goddess of love.
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.
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.