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
Browse collection highlights selected by curators from the Museum's seventeen curatorial departments.
Enjoy more than 406,000 hi-res images of public-domain works from the collection, all of which can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction.
View our collection of musical instruments, which includes approximately 5,000 examples from six continents and the Pacific Islands dating from about 300 B.C. to the present.
Spotlights on the Collection
View a set of fifteen ornate examples of European courtly dress from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.
Celebrate No-Shave November with these ten objects that showcase mustache styles across time and cultures.
See a range of works from this great master, who has come to be regarded as a vanguard figure in the history of modern art.
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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.
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.