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, all of which can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction.
View secular and sacred objects in The Met's collection of Islamic art and discover the great diversity and range of the cultural traditions of Islam.
Spotlights on the Collection
Celebrate No-Shave November with these ten objects that showcase mustache styles across time and cultures.
This thematic set is full of beautiful shapes and colors, all from Louis Comfort Tiffany.
See a range of works from this great master, who has come to be regarded as a vanguard figure in the history of modern art.
Explore Related Content
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.
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.