Jeffrey L. Daly served as the Chief Exhibition Designer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from 1979-2006. From 2006 to 2009 he worked as the Senior Design Advisor to the Director for capital and special projects. He started his own consulting firm after leaving the Metropolitan and worked on new galleries, exhibitions and renovations at the Gibbes Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Driehaus Museum and several exhibits for the Winter Antique Show at the Park Avenue Armory.
During his tenure the Metropolitan expanded or renovated nearly continuously, and Daly was the designer in charge of many of the museum's most well-known public spaces, including the galleries of Greek and Roman art, the European Paintings galleries, the Ancient Near East Galleries, and the renovation of the Egyptian wing. In addition to designing most of the permanent galleries, he was exhibit designer of hundreds of special exhibits ranging across all departments. In 2008 he designed the special exhibit celebrating the highlights of 30 years of Met collecting to honor the retirement of the director Philippe de Montebello. During his early years at the Metropolitan he worked closely with Diana Vreeland on a series of special exhibits for the Costume Institute.