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Short Introduction

'The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.' (

The majority of the Muybridge collection items are prints from Animal Locomotion.

Also of note is 'The Attitudes of Animals in Motion Photographed from Life in 1878 and 1879'
[Album of 168 views of Muybridge's studio & apparatus in Palo Alto, California, & studies of animals in motion]
(Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1946

Amongst the collection is also a folder of ephemeral material including clippings, announcements and exhibition catalogues.

Past Exhibitions

Closed Circuit: Video and New Media at the Metropolitan
February 23, 2007–April 29, 2007

Rights & Reproduction Information

The museum's distribution agent 'Art Resource' will supply high-quality digital images made by the staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, according to terms and conditions. To make a request complete an online form. More Information

Online Presence

Library Catalogue

Art Collection Database

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: Various


Books by Muybridge: Various

Books concerning Muybridge: Various


Other: Various

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York,
New York
10028-0198, USA

Phone: +1 212-535-7710



Lead Contact:
Daniel Malcolm, Curator in Charge(

Open Hours:
Monday: Closed (Except Holiday Mondays)
Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
(Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day)

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
The Study Room for Photographs is accessible to qualified researchers by appointment and with proper identification.

Telephone: 212-570-3889