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.
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.
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 and Amorium in Turkey.
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.
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, preserves, organizes, and disseminates images documenting the rich history of the Museum, its collection, exhibitions, events, people, and activities. Many of these images are available to be licensed for study, editorial, and commercial usage.
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 collections. 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.