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 highlights of the collection 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.

The Costume Institute

View this department's vast collection representing five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories.

Spotlights on the Collection

Faces from the Ancient World

Discover ten objects from the collection that showcase mustache styles across time and cultures.

Ellsworth Kelly

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

Eugène Delacroix

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.

Explore Related Content

Depictions of Venus in Sixteenth-Century Italian Painting

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.

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.