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 that can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction.

Egyptian Art

Browse The Met's vast collection of ancient Egyptian art, with 26,000 objects of artistic, historical, and cultural importance spanning more than 300 millennia.

Spotlights on the Collection

Modern Flowers

Explore works by Matisse, Warhol, and Van Gogh depicting flowers, a favored subject of modern artists.


Strum your way through the Museum's collection of guitars representing more than 400 years of consummate craftsmanship.

Henri Matisse

Browse a collection of works by the French painter and sculptor Henri Matisse, a foundational 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.