Founded in 1885, the museum is housed in a beaux-arts building with two additions and a renovation bringing it to 658,000 square feet comprising more than 100 galleries.
With more than 65,000 artworks that date from the earliest civilizations to the present, the collection offers a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. In addition to American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art.
Vernacular images speaks to past eras, people and place
Works of art showcased in galleries dedicated to Japan, China, Korea, and South and Southeast Asia
New sculptures, paintings, drawings, and installations placed near the museum pieces that inspired their conception
Explore diverse media, styles, genres, influences and subject matter
Works from a 70-year period highlight achievements in style and technology
Discover works of art created by participants
Works by artists of different cultural and historical backgrounds
40 works elevate the beauty of the everyday to the status of fine art