The Museum has always been dedicated to the highest level of scholarship surrounding its collections and to the advancement of general knowledge about art. Today this includes providing state-of-the art libraries and study centers, conducting conservation, scientific analysis, and art historical research, participating in archaeological fieldwork, and inviting scholars to the Museum to study the collections.

Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art

The Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art is the first such center dedicated exclusively to modern art within an encyclopedic museum. It will serve as a leading center for scholarship on Cubism and modern art, distinguished by its intellectual rigor and range, and its resources available for study. The Center will bring together renowned scholars, fellows, and curators for focused inquiry within the rich global context of the Metropolitan's collection.

Libraries and Study Centers

The Museum's libraries contain books, periodicals, photographs, manuscripts, and other scholarly resources in printed and electronic formats. The Museum also maintains several specialized study centers with images, documentation, and actual objects on display or on reserve for examination by researchers.

Thomas J. Watson Library Digital Collections

The primary mission of the Watson Library Digitization Initiative is to expand access to the Library's rare and unique materials by developing, supporting, and promoting a distinctive digital collection of these items. The initiative targets materials that fall outside the parameters of other major digitization efforts, such as Google Books or the Internet Archive, and makes them accessible to support the scholarly endeavors of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's staff as well as an international community of researchers.


MetPublications is a portal to the Met's comprehensive publishing program from the last five decades.

Internships and Fellowships

Internships and fellowships provide professional training and research opportunities for students and scholars at various academic levels to engage fully with the intellectual life of the Museum.

Archaeological Fieldwork

The Met has been involved in the study of antiquity since its founding in 1870. Today, members of the Museum's staff participate in active excavations at Dahshur, Lisht, and Malqata in Egypt; Tell Mozan and Umm el Marra in Syria; and at Palaikastro in eastern Crete.

Conservation and Scientific Research Projects

The Metropolitan Museum houses a world-renowned complex of scientific research and conservation facilities, each of which serves as a training ground for conservators from around the world. This project list provides a small sample of their research activities.

Curatorial Research

From its beginning in 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has contributed to the body of art historical scholarship and knowledge, based on ongoing research performed by curators. A vast and diverse public is reached through curatorial lectures, symposia, and publications.

Image Resources

The Metropolitan Museum of Art creates, organizes, and disseminates a broad range of digital images documenting the rich history of the Museum, its collection, exhibitions, events, people, and activities. Many of these images are available for personal enjoyment, study, educational purposes, and scholarly publication.

Provenance Research Project

Research on the ownership history, or provenance, of works of art is an important part of museum work. This research sheds light on the historical, social, and economic context in which a work of art was created and collected, as well as on the history of taste. While provenance research has long been ongoing at the Metropolitan Museum, a special effort has been made in the past few years to investigate the World War II–era provenance of European paintings in our collection. This effort has focused on works that were acquired after 1932 and created before 1946; that changed owners during these years; and that were—or could have been—in continental Europe at that time.