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.

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.

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 serves 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 brings together renowned scholars, fellows, and curators for focused inquiry within the rich global context of the Metropolitan's collection.

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.


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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is committed to researching and publishing the provenance or ownership history of its collection. Research accomplished to date is made available online, and updated as completed.