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 collection highlights selected by curators from the Museum's seventeen curatorial departments.
Enjoy more than 406,000 hi-res images of public-domain works from the collection that can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction.
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
Celebrate the vital role of women in history with this selection of twenty works from the collection.
Strum your way through the Museum's collection of guitars representing more than 400 years of consummate craftsmanship.
Browse a collection of works by the French painter and sculptor Henri Matisse, a foundational figure in the history of modern art.
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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.
Director Max Hollein reflects on the multiple roles of The Met and the ways in which he will help lead the Museum on issues of cultural heritage.