The Metropolitan Museum of Art Makes Images
and Data More Accessible
with the Launch of Public Met Collection API
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the launch of The Met Collection API (application programming interface), which builds on the Open Access program announced in 2017 and enables any third party to sustainably integrate The Met collection into their website, ensuring up-to-date versions of images and data are available to users. The Open Access program makes all Creative Commons Zero (CC0) data and some 406,000 images of over 205,000 CC0 objects from The Met collection available for use without restriction. Additionally, the first implementation of The Met Collection API is with long-time partner Google, via Google Arts & Culture.
“The new Met Collection API further enables the Museum to connect its vast resources with our audiences on a global scale, which is absolutely fundamental to our mission as an encyclopedic museum in the 21st century,” said Max Hollein, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “As a next step in our Open Access program, it ensures that the most current collection images and data are accessible and available to the public and our partners, making The Met collection one of the most discoverable and useful on the internet.”———————-
“The Met Collection API is where all makers, creators, researchers, and dreamers can now connect with the most up-to-date data and images from over 205,000 works in The Met collection, representing 5,000 years of history,” said Loic Tallon, The Met’s Chief Digital Officer. “We want the Museum’s incredible artworks to exist on websites where people already go to get their doses of creativity and knowledge, which is why partnerships are now a core component of The Met’s digital program and we’re so thrilled to team up with Google.”———————-
“The Met was one of our very first innovation partners at Google Arts & Culture and we’ve been collaborating on many projects since then. When The Met approached us with this new idea, we were thrilled to help them execute their vision to find new ways to make their uniquely rich and extensive collection accessible and engaging around the world,” said Amit Sood, Director, Google Arts & Culture.———————-
Documentation and resources on how to use The Met Collection API, as well as additional information about Open Access, are available at metmuseum.org/openaccess.