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
See highlights selected by curators from the Museum's seventeen curatorial departments.
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
View highlights from one of the most extensive, comprehensive, and encyclopedic collections of its kind.
View secular and sacred objects and discover the great diversity and range of the cultural traditions of Islam.
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.
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.
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.