Met MediaLab

The MediaLab is a Digital Research and Development hub at The Met that explores, probes, pilots, and prototypes emerging technologies and design systems within the Museum's narrative ecosystem. Our mission is to imagine the possible futures of museums and culture.

We untangle, explore, present, and share our research in the following areas:

Reality studies
Hybrid presence
Collaborative experiences
The MediaLab collaborates with universities and think tanks, partner with startups, and bring in researchers, interns, and volunteers, who are excited to develop prototypes that engage a multidisciplinary group of arts, culture, and tech professionals, using the collection and their curatorial expertise in art history as inspiration.

Our projects are low budget, open-source, and rapidly iterated; However, we expect our experiments to be used as important platforms for feedback and conversations that will help The Met and its collection be at the forefront of innovation.

For recent updates and collection of press, check out the MediaLab Hackpad.

Curious? Completed MediaLab Projects and Events are covered in our blog series on Digital Underground, The Met's Digital blog.

Get involved. Join us for our collaboratory days! Sign up online.

Do you code? MediaLab projects share their code on our Github page.

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Follow us on Twitter: @MetMediaLab

Barone, Joshua. "Temple of Dendur's Lost Colors Brought to Life at the Met," The New York Times, February 1, 2016.

Gamerman, Ellen. "A Look at the Museum of the Future," The Wall Street Journal, October 16, 2015.

Paul, Kari. "The Hip Hop Guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art," Motherboard, September 29, 2015.

Voon, Claire. "Interactive Maps of the Metropolitan Museum Offer Fresh Views of Its Permanent Collections," Hyperallergic, August 10, 2016.