The audio guide contains more than 3000 recordings and is available in ten languages (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish). They are available at the entrance to each of the museum’s three locations and cost $7 per day.
The American Wing
The museum has collected important pieces of American Art since it first opened. The American Wing opened in 1924.
Ancient Near Eastern Art
This collection of more than 7,000 pieces dates from the 8th millennium BC through the centuries to the 7th century BC.
Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
The collections from sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands and the entirety of North, Central and South America contains more than 11,000 works of art across many genres.
More than 35,000 items are contained in the museum’s collection of Asian art. The age of the collection dates from the third millennium BC up to the 21st century. It is one of the world’s largest collections of Asian Art.
Drawings and Prints
This collection began in 1880 when a gift of 670 prints was given to the museum by one of its trustees, Cornelius Vanderbilt.
The Egyptian art collection contains 26,000 objects of artistic, cultural and historic importance and dates from the Paleolithic period of 300,000BC up to the period of the Romans in the 4th century AD.
European Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts
This comprises of 2,500 paintings from the 13th century through to the early 20th century. While the sculpture and decorative art collection holds 50,000 objects from the 13th century through to the early 20th century.
Greek and Roman Art
The Greek and Roman art collection contains 30,000 items from the Neolithic period of 4500 BC up to 312BC.
The diversity and range of Islamic art is highlighted in the collection dating from the 7th to the 19th centuries.
This collection of art from medieval Europe through to the beginning of the Renaissance is one of the most comprehensive in the world.
Other collections include modern and contemporary art, musical instruments, photographs, the Robert Lehman Collection, Costumes and a collection of Arms and Armour.