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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 collection highlights selected by curators from the Museum's seventeen curatorial departments.

Open Access Artworks

Enjoy more than 406,000 hi-res images of public-domain works from the collection that can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction.

Greek and Roman Art at The Met

Discover Greek and Roman art in all of its complexity and resonance, with more than 17,000 art objects spanning six millennia. 

Spotlight on the Collection

Ellsworth Kelly

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

Charles Sheeler Photographs

Browse through a selection of this leading American artist's photographs—including pictures he took of objects at The Met.

Netsuke

Browse more than 1,000 examples of netsuke—ornately carved miniatures worn as part of traditional Japanese dress.

Explore

MetCollects

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.

Protecting Cultural Heritage

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.