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About the Museum

A First Look at Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas

Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014, by Kurt Behrendt

Associate Curator Kurt Behrendt introduces the exhibition Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas, opening tomorrow.

Event Highlights: December 19–21

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Museum offers hundreds of events and programs each month—including lectures, performances, tours, family activities, and more. The following listings are just a sample of our upcoming programs.

In the Stars: Gems and the Indian Tradition

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, by Courtney A. Stewart

Senior Research Assistant Courtney A. Stewart discusses the connection between gemstones and Hindu cosmology.

The Met Around the World

The Met Around the World presents the Met's work via the global scope of its collection and as it extends across the nation and the world through a variety of domestic and international initiatives and programs, including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

Museum Mission Statement

The original mission statement of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as it appeared in the original April 13, 1870, charter was reaffirmed and supplemented by the Trustees on September 12, 2000.

History of the Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which includes its Main Building on Fifth Avenue and The Cloisters museum and gardens in northern Manhattan, dates back to 1866.

Museum Departments

The Museum's departments are structured according to role, including collection-related activities, administrative duties, and education initiatives.

Entertaining at the Met

For Corporate Patrons and eligible nonprofit organizations, the Museum offers unique entertaining opportunities with special access to the galleries when it is closed to the public. The Museum's many spaces provide the perfect location for any event, from large receptions to intimate dinners.

Career and Volunteer Opportunities

Applications from candidates at all levels of training, experience, and education are accepted for positions in administrative, curatorial, retail, security, trade, and professional areas. In addition, more than one thousand dedicated volunteers work in areas throughout the Museum.

Annual Report and IRS Form 990

The Annual Report covers the period from July 1 of each year through June 30 of the following year, coinciding with the Museum's fiscal year.

The Form 990 covers the period from July 1 of each year through June 30 of the following year, coinciding with the Museum's fiscal year.

Collections Management Policy

The Collections Management Policy is intended to document the basic policies that guide the development and care of the Museum's art collection consistent with the mission of the Museum and with professional museum standards.

Contact Information

Main Building: 212-535-7710
The Cloisters: 212-923-3700
Ticketed Performances and Talks: 212-570-3949

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Press Room

The Press Room is available for use by working members of the media. Press releases on the Museum, its exhibitions, and recent news and announcements are available for viewing and downloading. Accredited press can view and request high-resolution press images for publication.

Urgent press-related queries can also be directed to us by telephone (212-570-3951), email (communications@metmuseum.org), or fax (212-472-2764).