The Museum’s 5 curatorial departments and its conservation department represent the dynamic range of the collection.

  • Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design

    The department of Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design houses works on paper in the fields of architecture, decorative arts, gardens, interiors, jewelry, theater, industrial and graphic design, as well as fine arts. There are 129,403 objects from this department which is about 60.05% of our online collection involving 6,043 people.

  • Product Design and Decorative Arts

    The Product Design and Decorative Arts department encompasses a broad range of decorative arts, industrial and contemporary designs objects including ceramics, furniture, metalwork, lighting, glass, jewelry, architectural elements and industrial design. There are 33,113 objects from this department which is about 15.37% of our online collection involving 4,411 people.

  • Textiles

    The Textiles department represents the full spectrum of woven and non-woven techniques and a wide variety of printing and dyeing methods. There are 25,975 objects from this department which is about 12.05% of our online collection involving 2,924 people.

  • Wallcoverings

    Our Wallcoverings department contains the largest and most varied collection of wallpaper in the United States—from hand-printed, bespoke designs to mass-produced décor and everything inbetween. There are 9,979 objects from this department which is about 4.63% of our online collection involving 1,189 people.

  • Digital

    There are 5 objects from this department involving 15 people.

  • Conservation

    The Conservation department supports the Curatorial Division as well as the Exhibitions and Registrar Departments to preserve the museum’s collection and loaned objects while on exhibition and in storage. The Conservators analyze and treat objects to maximize their longevity, aesthetic quality, and technical interpretation.