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.

In preparation for the exhibition Jerusalem in the Middle Ages, a consultative team of scholars convened at the Metropolitan Museum in the Spring of 2014 to ensure that the project benefits from their multiple perspectives.

Costume Collections: A Collaborative Model for Museums
Two-Day Symposium, May 21–22, 2010

The Museum participates in a joint curatorial studies program with the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.


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Now at the Met offers in-depth articles and multimedia features about the Museum's current exhibitions, events, research, announcements, behind-the-scenes activities, and more.

Thomas J. Watson Library

Thomas J. Watson Library is the central research library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art—one of the world's most comprehensive collections of books, periodicals, auction catalogs, and online resources relating to the history of art. Open to all visitors college age and older. Search the collections.