About the Museum
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City: The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.
Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.
With more than two million works of art in its collection, the Met presents the best of human creativity from across the globe. In addition to significant holdings of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine and Islamic art, the Met boasts paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, as well as extensive holdings of American and Modern art. Also of interest are the period rooms, arms and armour and musical instruments.
(Photograph: Evan Lee © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)