When The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870, it owned not a single work of art. Over the years, through the combined efforts and brilliance of generations of curators and researchers, collectors and patrons, The Met collection has grown artistically, geographically, and culturally to represent more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe—from the first cities of the ancient world to works being created today.
Browse highlights of the collection selected by curators from the Museum's seventeen curatorial departments.
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.
View the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art's collection, which includes more than 7,000 works ranging in date from the eighth millennium B.C. through the seventh century A.D.
This thematic set of 14 quilts from the Museum's collection is filled with a fantastic array of patterns, shapes, and colors.
Pore through thousands of famous faces featured on 1930s match-cover designs from the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection of Printed Ephemera.
Browse through a selection of this leading American artist's photographs—including pictures he took of objects at The Met.
Read about a not-to-be-missed occasion: the chance to see, in-house, the European Paintings department's suite of 16 paintings by Vincent van Gogh.
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.