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

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

Open Access Artworks

Browse more than 406,000 hi-res images of public-domain works in The Met collection that can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction.


MetCollects celebrates works of art new to the collection through the eyes of photographers and the voices of leading scholars and artists.

Spotlight on Art

Arms and Armor at The Met

View highlights from one of the most extensive, comprehensive, and encyclopedic collections of its kind.

Islamic Art at The Met

View secular and sacred objects and discover the great diversity and range of the cultural traditions of Islam.

Asian Art at The Met

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


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.


#MetKids is a digital feature made for, with, and by kids. Explore an interactive map and watch behind-the-scenes videos that feature kids just like you.

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.