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

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

Open Access Artworks

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.

Musical Instruments at The Met

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

Dress to Impress

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.

Vincent van Gogh

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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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.

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.