Art/ The Met Collection

The Met Collection

When The Met was founded in 1870, it owned not a single work of art. Through the combined efforts of generations of curators, researchers, and collectors, our collection has grown to represent more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe—from the first cities of the ancient world to the works of our time.

A First Look

Collection Highlights

Browse collection highlights selected by curators from the Museum's seventeen curatorial departments.

Open Access Artworks

Enjoy more than 406,000 hi-res images of public-domain works from the collection, all of which can be downloaded, shared, and remixed without restriction.

Photographs at The Met

View the Department of Photographs' extensive holdings—a collection of more than 25,000 works spanning the history of photography from its invention in the 1830s to the present.

Spotlights on the Collection

Ornate Fans

This assortment of European fans from the seventeenth through nineteenth century will leave you wishing it were summer.

American Ceramics

View nearly three hundred exquisite examples of American ceramics recently gifted to The Met by noted collector Robert A. Ellison Jr.

Georges Seurat

See a range of paintings and drawings in our collection by this avant-garde, Neo-Impressionist master.

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MetCollects celebrates works of art new to the Museum's collection through the fresh eyes of photographers and the enthusiastic voices of leading scholars and artists.

Timeline of Art History

The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies to tell the story of art and global culture through The Met collection.

Protecting Cultural Heritage

Director Max Hollein reflects on the multiple roles of The Met and the ways in which he will help lead the Museum on issues of cultural heritage.