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Curriculum Resources

Introduce your students to the richness and diversity of works of art in selected collections of the Museum. These comprehensive and fully illustrated guides provide useful background information and ideas for engaging students.

These and other resources are available as packaged sets:

  • Request a complimentary copy. One copy is available free of charge to every New York City public school. See a list of all available teacher resource sets (PDF).
  • Purchase in the Museum Store, online, or by phone (1-800-662-3397). Museum Members receive a discount when ordering over the phone or online. When purchasing in the Museum Store, an educational discount is available upon presentation of a valid school ID.


Exploring Power through Art

This curriculum resource, consisting of engaging lessons written by K–12 teachers, provides inspiration and techniques for investigating the theme of “power” using a wide range of artworks from The Met collection.

Social and Emotional Learning through Art

Use this practical resource featuring works in The Met collection as a catalyst to help your students gain and develop social and emotional learning skills.

A Masterwork of Byzantine Art—The David Plates: The Story of David and Goliath

This learning-activity set provides a closer look at the Museum's spectacular set of Byzantine silver objects, known as the David Plates.

Art of the Islamic World

Learn about art and culture of the Islamic world and glean ideas for supporting studies of English language arts, math, science, social studies, world history, and visual arts.

Auguste Rodin: The Burghers of Calais

An in-depth exploration of Rodin's renowned late nineteenth-century sculpture commemorating the bravery of Calais's local heroes.

Greek Art from Prehistoric to Classical

This publication is designed not only to introduce The Met collection of Greek art, but also to provide a general grounding in ancient Greek culture, from the prehistoric period to the end of the Classical age.

Islamic Art and Geometric Design: Activities for Learning

Examine the principles of geometric design that are the basis for the beautiful and intricate patterns in the art of the Islamic world.

Medieval Art

This resource presents medieval art in The Met collection from Western Europe and Byzantium and provides strategies for teaching art of the Middle Ages.

Nature Within Walls: The Chinese Garden Court at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this focus on one of the Museum's most popular destinations, learn how the garden's peaceful environment offers a window through which you can glimpse how nature was traditionally perceived in Chinese culture.

Roman Art

Introduce your students to the rich cultural legacy of Rome through the study of Roman art.

The Art of Africa

Explore the rich and diverse artistic heritage of sub-Saharan Africa through forty traditional works in The Met collection.

The Art of Ancient Egypt

Use this comprehensive resource as an invaluable introduction to ancient Egyptian history and art focusing on works in The Met collection.

The Art of Renaissance Europe

Examine and discuss works in The Met collection that embody the Renaissance interest in classical learning, fame, and beautiful objects.

The Art of South and Southeast Asia

Through an exploration of diverse works of art in The Met collection from the South Asian subcontinent and the Himalayan region as well as from the many lands of Southeast Asia, this resource provides an ideal introduction to the history and culture of this vast region.

The Art of the Ancient Near East

Introduce your students to works of art made in the lands where many features of civilization originated.

The Arts of Korea

Although Korea's cultural connections with China and Japan form a crucial part of its history, Korea also has a visually rich and technically sophisticated artistic tradition that is separate and distinct from that of its larger East Asian neighbors. This publication will assist educators in presenting Korea's distinctive cultural legacy to students of all ages.