Located in the Met’s south lobby, the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met hosts works by some of the contemporary art world’s most innovative and provocative figures. Conceived by General Manager Peter Gelb and Dodie Kazanjian, the founding director and curator, the venue continues and reaffirms the Met’s long history of groundbreaking relationships with major visual artists—such as Chagall and Hockney—while fostering new opportunities for collaboration. Admission to the Schwartz Gallery Met is free to ticket holders and to the general public.

A gift from Marie Schwartz, an Advisory Director on the Met Board, made this initiative possible in 2006, and in recognition the Met named the gallery for her and her late husband, Arnold.


Monday-Friday: 10am-2pm, and 6pm through last intermission.
Saturday: Noon through last intermission
Sunday: 11am-4pm

Admission is free.


Founders Hall

The south gallery in Founders Hall is home to The New Met, an exhibition that focuses on the architecture and construction of the Met’s Lincoln Center home, as well as offering a gripping video of the behind-the-scenes preparations for Opening Night in 1966. The north gallery features Portraits from the Archives, a selection from the thousands of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and vintage photographs in the collection of the Metropolitan Opera Archives. Gifts from patrons and friends, the portraits depict some of the Met’s greatest personalities, singers, and conductors, from the company’s early days to the present—from Enrico Caruso and Nellie Melba to Plácido Domingo.

Explore Gallery Met

Current Gallery Met Exhibitions
Current Exhibition

The current exhibition in Gallery Met features paintings by William Wegman. Through May 5, 2018.

Past Gallery Met Exhibitions
Gallery Met Exhibitions

View past exhibitions from the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met.

Gallery Met Shorts
Gallery Met Shorts

The Met’s visual arts program also includes a series of short films tied to Live in HD presentations.

Gallery Met Banners
Gallery Met Banners

Discover original banner works by contemporary artists connected to past productions and designed for the Met's façade.