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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
Browse highlights of the collection selected by curators from the Museum's 17 curatorial departments.
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Discover Greek and Roman art in all of its complexity and resonance, with more than 17,000 art objects spanning six millennia.
Spotlights on the Collection
In celebration of the Labor Day holiday, explore 10 works from the collection that depict workers in action and at rest.
Browse through a selection of this leading American artist's photographs—including pictures he took of objects at The Met.
This thematic set of 14 quilts from the Museum's collection is filled with a fantastic array of patterns, shapes, and colors.
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Read about a curator's recent investigative work to learn more about the use and history of a Bongo anthropomorphic post in The Met collection.
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.
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.