As 2021 neared its end, Metallica unveiled a massive virtual museum for the world to enjoy. Filled with treasures from the band's career, The Metallica Black Box has become a one-of-a-kind way for fans to experience their favorite band like never before.

And on Nov. 1, Metallica added a few more treasures to the Box thanks to the opening of the brand-new exhibit, The Art of Metallica.

The Art of Metallica features many new experiences, like drafts and untold stories of album artwork, including handwritten notes from Lars Ulrich about the design of the cover of ...And Justice For All and an original print of Les Edward's "The Devils of D-Day" painting, which was used as the artwork for the "Jump In the Fire" single.

Also included in the exhibit are several different concert posters—like Sergio Moctezuma's unforgettable poster for Metallica's 2009 show in Nashville—and designs and graphics featured on clothing and other accessories.

Many other items take fans even deeper into Metallica lore, courtesy of storyboards for music videos, artwork by band members and tributes created by fans.

"To see your musical vision turn into something else, a totally different vision—it's amazing," Kirk Hammett said when the exhibit was announced. "I have my concept of what the music means to me in a visual aspect, but to really see how other people interpret it and visualize totally, completely mind-blowing."

The Art of Metallica, like all exhibits within The Metallica Black Box, is free for anyone to peruse. But make sure to heed this advice from the band:

Don’t wait too long. Like any good museum, our curators will be refreshing collections, switching out on-view artifacts for new ones regularly. You’ll want to step through the Black Box’s virtual velvet ropes early and often to see every last piece of “totally, completely mind-blowing” art inspired by the musical vision of Metallica.

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Check Out Early Artwork For ...And Justice For All

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