Art/ Collection


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.

A First Look

Collection Highlights

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

Open Access Artworks

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.

Ancient Near Eastern Art at The Met

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.

Spotlights on the Collection


This thematic set of 14 quilts from the Museum's collection is filled with a fantastic array of patterns, shapes, and colors.

Movie Stars Match Covers

Pore through thousands of famous faces featured on 1930s match-cover designs from the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection of Printed Ephemera.

Charles Sheeler Photographs

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

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On the Gogh

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.

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.