VIRTUAL VISITS: The Benjamin Altman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1865, Benjamin Altman inaugurated B. Altman & Co., a chain of successful New York City-based department stores. His art collection began in 1882, with a pair of Chinese enamel vases. He became an avid art collector, and upon his death in 1913, he donated his collection to the Museum. Join Ines Powell for a tour. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. New start time. 2:30 p.m.