Behind the Scenes

Take a peek past the stanchions to learn how The Met collects, conserves, and displays art objects from more than 5000 years of history across the globe.

Conserving Gallenga’s Theodosia

Follow the conservation treatment of Maria Monaci Gallenga’s “Theodosia” tea gown and learn about Gallenga’s unique vision as a textile artist and fashion designer.

Fran Lebowitz: Pretend It’s a Museum

Fran Lebowitz goes behind-the-scenes to The Met’s Paintings Conservation Lab to see Rembrandt’s Aristotle with a Bust of Homer (1653)

An interior courtyard featuring sculptures and potted plants

Green Rooms: Plants at the Museum

Gallery photographs over the last century reveal the evolving use of plants in indoor design.

Artist Interview—The Great Hall Commission: Jacolby Satterwhite, A Metta Prayer

Go behind the scenes with artist Jacolby Satterwhite, who discusses his artistic process and inspiration for his 2023 multi-channel video installation in The Met’s Great Hall.

abstract cubist image with a lot of whites, browns, and greys and lines everywhere.

Reevaluating Picasso’s Unfinished Masterpiece

Scholar and curator Anna Jozefacka discusses an unrealized decorative commission by Pablo Picasso intended for a Brooklyn residence.

Artist Interview—The Facade Commission: Nairy Baghramian, Scratching the Back

Go behind the scenes with artist Nairy Baghramian, who discusses the inspiration and making of The Met’s 2023 Facade Commission.

An image of a collection of European Decorative Art Objects.

Reassessing European Decorative Arts

Curator Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide on the reconsideration of European decorative arts.
Sketch by Tadeo Ando.

On Karl Lagerfeld

The renowned architect reflects on the life and legacy of his friend.

Are Bookworms Real? Pests at The Met

Meet some of the critters that like to munch on art and books at the Museum and learn how experts keep The Met safe.

How to Make a Field Guide

Make a field guide and use it to classify bugs like a scientist at the museum.

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