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.

Asian Art at The Met

Explore one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the West, with five millennia of art objects from China, Japan, South and Southeast Asia, and Korea.

Spotlights on the Collection

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.

Monsters and Mythological Creatures

Find a collection of nine spirited representations of magnificent creatures, both real and imagined, from the Museum's collection.

American Ceramics

View nearly three hundred exquisite examples of American ceramics recently gifted to The Met by noted collector Robert A. Ellison Jr.

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Learn more about the recently opened Art of Music through Time gallery in this interview with curators Jayson Kerr Dobney and Bradley Strauchen-Scherer.


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.