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Terms and Conditions/ Terms of Use

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the "Museum") provides and its subdomains (including websites accessed through mobile devices as well as downloadable mobile applications) and application program interfaces ("APIs") (collectively, the "Websites") in support of the Museum's mission to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and encourage appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art. By accessing the Websites, users agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions, which the Museum may revise at any time. Users are encouraged to visit this page from time to time to review current terms and conditions.

Last updated October 25, 2018

  1. Copyright and Proprietary Rights. The text, images, trademarks, data, audio files, video files and clips, software, documentation or other information contained in these files, and other content on the Websites (collectively, the "Materials") are proprietary to the Museum or its licensors unless identified by an Open Access (OA) icon. Materials identified as OA are either those that the Museum believes to be in the public domain, or those to which the Museum waives any copyright it might have. Copyright and other proprietary rights may be held by individuals or entities other than, or in addition to, the Museum.
  2. Trademarks. Many of the trademarks, service marks, and logos (collectively, the "Trademarks") displayed on the Websites, including THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, MMA, "THE MET" LOGO, the RENAISSANCE M logo, THE MET BREUER, THE MET CLOISTERS, THE MET STORE, WILLIAM, and the HIPPO DESIGN, are registered and/or unregistered marks of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Trademarks of third parties may also be displayed on the Websites. Nothing contained in the Websites should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademarks displayed on the Websites without the express written permission of the Museum or any third party that may own the Trademarks displayed on the Websites. Without limiting the foregoing, the Trademarks may not be used in an URL. Any unauthorized use of the Trademarks or any other Materials, except as authorized in these Terms and Conditions, is strictly prohibited.
  3. Authorized Uses. Materials for authorized use fall into two categories: a) materials identified by an OA icon, or b) materials the Museum believes to be under copyright or other restrictions.

    a) Materials Identified as Open Access. By waiving any rights to Materials identified as Open Access, the Museum makes those Materials available for any purpose, including commercial and noncommercial use, free of charge and without requiring permission from the Museum. Open Access works are made available under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.

    b) Materials the Museum Believes to be Under Copyright or Other Restrictions. Materials the Museum believes to be under copyright or other restrictions are available for limited noncommercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws. Users may download these files for their own use, subject to any additional terms or restrictions which may be applicable to the individual file or program. Users must, however, cite the author and source of the Materials as they would material from any work, and the citations should include the URL "," but not in any way that implies endorsement of the user or the user's use of the Materials. By downloading, printing, or otherwise using Materials, whether accessed directly from the Websites or via other sites or mechanisms, users agree that they will limit their use of such files to non-commercial, educational, personal or for fair use, and will not violate the Museum's or any other party's proprietary rights. Users may not remove any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices, including without limitation attribution information, credits, and copyright notices that have been placed on or near the Materials by the Museum. Downloading, printing, copying, distributing or otherwise using Materials for commercial purposes, including commercial publication or personal gain, is expressly prohibited.

    All rights not expressly granted herein by the Museum are specifically and completely reserved, unless the Material is identified by an Open Access icon.

    The Museum does not warrant that use of any Materials displayed on the Websites will not infringe the rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with the Museum. For example, some works may be under copyright by the artist or the artist's heirs holding rights to these works, or may include third-party trademarks or rights of publicity. In many instances the caption may offer more information about the rights status; such works may not be used in any form; they may not be copied or downloaded without prior permission from the holder of the underlying rights. For permission to reproduce images that include "© ARS" in their credit line, please contact the Artists Rights Society (ARS), at 212-420-9160,, or
    The Frequently Asked Questions answered below may assist you in interpreting permitted uses in these Terms and Conditions.
  4. User Responsibility. From time to time the Museum may invite users to share content. Please know that shared content will be reviewed by Museum staff and may be reproduced by the Museum in all media now known or hereinafter devised.

    By creating accounts and passwords on the Websites, users agree to maintain the confidentiality of their login credentials and are responsible for restricting access to their personal computer and mobile devices. User agrees to use the Websites for lawful purposes only and will not participate in any action that will compromise the security of the Websites or damage the Websites and their content.

    User-Generated Content.
    By posting content, including but not limited to comments, photographs, product reviews, and links to external sites, on the Websites, and by using our messaging services, such as Met Store gift messaging and email-a-friend, users agree to comply with all requirements and procedures for posting and messaging, and to avoid abusive and offensive language and to refrain from posting any content that is commercial in nature, advocates for a political cause or legislation, or infringes upon any third party's rights, including privacy, copyright, trademark, or patent. The Museum does not endorse any opinions or recommendations posted by users or third parties. The Museum requires users to obtain all necessary permissions, such as a copyrighted work by an artist or a copyrighted story or a news article written by another person, before posting or distributing any content on the Websites.

    It is strictly prohibited to post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, or infringing material that could constitute conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, a violation of privacy or publicity, or otherwise violate law. The Museum shall have the right, but not the obligation, to inspect, monitor, review, edit, remove, refuse or delete any content for any reason whatsoever. Access and accounts of repeat infringers will, in appropriate circumstances, be terminated. The Museum does not warrant that the use of the materials on the Websites will not infringe the rights of any third party, and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from such content or materials or for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, danger, or inaccuracy contained in information within such locations of the Websites.

    Please note: the Museum may discontinue any portion of the Websites at any time. It will not remove comments upon a user's request. By submitting comments, users acknowledge that they will be posted on the Internet. Users grant the Museum the right to quote from comments in all media now known and hereinafter devised. By posting or distributing information or material on the Websites, users expressly abandon any proprietary rights in their comments, and such information or material may be freely copied and distributed by others without your permission.
  5. Purchasing on the Websites. The Museum has the right to refuse, limit, or cancel any orders placed on the Websites. Errors in pricing or description are subject to correction and may be adjusted at any time. Errors in order processing are also subject to correction. A user must be 18 or older to make a purchase on the Websites.
  6. Met Store Product Representation. Every attempt is made to provide accurate information about Met Store products. The Museum does not warrant that any information, including product descriptions, promotions, and product availability, is correct, complete, current, or without typographical errors. All typographical errors, inaccuracies, and omissions are subject to correction.

    The Museum makes every effort to present the colors of products as accurately as possible. The display of color depends on the settings of a user's particular monitor; the Museum cannot guarantee that the colors displayed on an individual's monitor will be correct.
  7. API.The Met Collection API provides access to images in the Museum's collection that it believes is in the public domain, and to certain other content that the Museum to which the Museum waives any copyright it might have, which images and content are designated on the Museum's website with an Open Access icon and are made available under a CC0 license.
    1. Use of The Met Collection API is subject to the provisions of these Terms and Conditions, including without limitation the provisions on Trademarks, Authorized Uses, Security, Privacy, Links to Third Party Sites, Disclaimer of Warranties, Limitation of Liability, DMCA, Indemnity and Applicable Law and Jurisdiction.

    2. The Museum's Privacy Policy applies to The Met Collection API. The Museum will monitor, collect and store IP addresses, usage information to monitor service load and analyze and improve the API.

    3. The Museum will not provide technical support in connection with The Met Collection API and does not guarantee availability of the service or accuracy of the content. There may be times when the API is not available due to development, maintenance or otherwise.

    4. At its discretion the Museum may restrict access to or discontinue The Met Collection API or any functionality associated with the API. The Museum may limit the number of transactions a user may send or receive through the API, which may, for example, ensure even performance for all users, or may in the future require access through assigned keys.

    5. Users are encouraged to refresh API data regularly for the most updated content available; information may change and the Museum may add to, delete, or otherwise modify content.
  8. Privacy. The Museum is committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to the Websites in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. All information gathered from users in connection with use of the Websites is governed by the Museum's Privacy Policy. Please note that the Websites are not specifically dedicated to children and the Museum does not actively solicit information from children. Children under the age of 13 are required to obtain permission from an adult before submitting personally identifiable information or other content to the Websites.
  9. Links to Third-Party Sites. The Museum has not reviewed all of the sites linked to or from the Websites and is not responsible for the content or privacy policies of any off-site pages or other sites linked to or from the Websites. The Museum provides these links as a convenience, and linking to any off-site pages or other sites is at the user's own risk. A link does not imply endorsement or affiliation with the linked site by the Museum.
  10. Integrated Third-Party Tools. The Museum offers integrated tools and other social sharing features on the Websites. By accessing the integrated tools and features users agree to be bound by the third party’s terms of service. For more information please visit the terms of use: YouTube <>.
  11. Disclaimer of Warranties. Without limiting the foregoing, all Materials on the Websites are provided "AS IS" WITHOUT A WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE, COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OR OTHER THIRD PARTY PROPRIETARY RIGHTS. The Museum may update, change, or delete content at any time. The Museum makes reasonable, ongoing efforts to revise and update the Websites, but does not warrant that the Websites will provide continuous, prompt, secure, or error-free service, and assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions, including the inaccuracy of content, or for any damages or losses that users or any third party may incur as a result of the unavailability of the Websites. The Museum assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for, any damages to or viruses that may infect a user's computer equipment or other property resulting from use of the Websites or downloading of any Materials from the Websites. At its discretion the Museum may discontinue or take down the Websites or any section or Material within the Websites at any time.
  13. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Museum is committed to complying with U.S. copyright and related laws, and requires all users of the Websites to comply with these laws. Owners of copyrighted works who believe that their rights under U.S. copyright law have been infringed may take advantage of certain provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 ("DMCA") to report alleged infringements. A copyright owner of any content should contact the Museum immediately to report any concerns of infringement by providing notice to the Museum's Designated Agent as required by the DMCA, Title 17 U.S.C. § 512. If such notice is provided by email, please address it to; if such notice is provided by mail, please address it to: Designated Copyright Agent, Office of the General Counsel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028.
  14. Indemnity. The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold the Museum and its respective supervisors, trustees, officers, agents, and employees harmless from all claims, causes, allegations, costs, expenses, fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees), judgments, liabilities, losses, and damages arising from or relating to your use of or operation of the Websites or any of its Materials.
  15. Entire Agreement; Severance; Waiver. These Terms and Conditions incorporate by reference any notices on the Websites and, together with the Privacy Policy and any end-user license agreements, constitute the entire agreement regarding user access to the Websites. If any provision of the terms and conditions or the Privacy Policy is deemed unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that provision will be severable from the remaining provisions and will not affect their validity and enforceability. The Museum's failure to enforce a provision on any occasion shall not be construed as a waiver of such provision.
  16. Applicable Law and Jurisdiction. These Terms and Conditions and any amendments thereto shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws. Any dispute arising out of, in connection with, or related to this Agreement shall be brought in any Federal or State court located in New York County and the State of New York, and the parties hereby waive any objection that they may have to personal jurisdiction in these courts.

Frequently Asked Questions

May I put images or text from on my school or museum website, or on the cover of my book, for example?

Yes, you are welcome to use images identified by an Open Access icon of public-domain artworks in The Met's collection for any purpose, including commercial and noncommercial use, free of charge and without requiring permission from the Museum.

To identify these images, look for the Open Access icon, Open Access icon, at the lower left of the image:

Painting in The Met's collection that is available for use indicated with an Open Access on the lower-left corner.

May I use selected images or text excerpts from for a school report?

Images of works of art identified as Open Access (OA) may be used in a school report free of charge and without requiring permission from the Museum.

However, images of works of art not identified as OA, or text excerpts, may be used only if it is a personal or academic work, and not for publication in any medium except as permitted under fair use by U.S. copyright laws. All other forms of publication of copyrighted works are expressly prohibited. The copyrighted works must remain unaltered. All of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration. You should cite the source as you would any work; the citation should include the URL ""

How do I obtain permission to reproduce images of works of art not identified as OA, images not available on the Websites, or any text displayed on the Websites?

Anyone wishing to use the Materials from the Websites for purposes other than as authorized herein must obtain prior written approval. Permission for such use is granted on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the Museum. A usage fee may be charged depending on the nature of the proposed use.

For images of works of art under copyright or other restrictions, or to request an image not available on The Met's website, please use the Image Request Form to contact the Museum's image-licensing partner, Art Resource. For all other questions about rights and permissions, please contact For additional information, visit Image and Data Resources.

For images of works of art from other museums or institutions reproduced on the Websites, contact the institution credited in the work's caption directly.

For any text displayed on the Websites, contact the Museum at

What is Print on Demand (POD)?

Certain out-of-print books in the MetPublications section of the website are available to print on demand. Print on demand (POD) is a printing technology in which new copies of a book are printed one copy at a time from a digital file of the book's contents. When an order is placed for a POD copy, the information is sent to a printer who prints the copy and ships it to the recipient. The POD copy is in color or black-and-white, as in the original publication, but the paper and inks are different, and the binding is paperbound. While the Museum seeks to ensure the quality of the POD printing by identifying a reputable printer, there will be some variation between the original book and the POD version. The POD option is offered through a third-party vendor as a service to users who may want a print version of an out-of-print publication. The Museum is not responsible for the POD's print quality or purchase transaction. Any additional questions about the POD can be addressed to

Why can't I read, download, or print the full text of all out-of-print publications on the MetPublications section of the Websites?

For certain publications, copyright law or other restrictions limit the Museum's ability to provide online access to the complete texts and images. The Museum has made every effort to respect the interests of rights' holders while still providing broad public access to Museum scholarship and publications, and has endeavored to provide users with links to locate publications in libraries and bookstores. As the law or rights' holders allow, or as works move into the public domain, more Material may become available on the Websites.