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    About The Met Around the World

The Met Around the World presents the Met’s work via the global scope of its collections and as it extends across the nation and the world through a variety of domestic and international initiatives and programs, including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.


The Met organizes large and small exhibitions that travel beyond the Museum's walls, extending our scholarship to institutions across the world. See our international exhibition program from 2009 to the present.

Works of Art

The Met lends works of art to exhibitions and institutions worldwide to expose its collection to the broadest possible audience. See our current international loans program.


The preservation of works of art is a fundamental part of the Met's mission. Our work in this area includes treating works of art from other international collections, and advising on conservation projects and practices globally. See our international conservation program from 2009 to the present.


The Met has conducted excavations for over 100 years in direct partnership with source countries at some of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Today we continue this tradition in order to gain greater understanding of our ancient collections. See our international excavation program from the Met's founding to the present.


The Met hosts international students, scholars, and museum professionals so that they can learn from our staff and pursue independent research in the context of the Met's exceptional resources and facilities. See the activities of our current national and international fellows.

Exchanges & Collaborations

The Met's international work takes many forms, from participation in exchange programs at partnering institutions and worldwide symposia to advising on a range of museum issues. These activities contribute to our commitment to advancing the work of the larger, global community of art museums. See our international exchange program and other collaborations from 2009 to the present.

There are currently no international activities in this region.
Excavations throughout Met History, 1870–present
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  • Excavation of the city walls of Antiochus Margiana (now called Gyaur Kala), which flourished from the Seleucid period (3rd century B.C.) to the Islamic conquest (7th century A.D.), Merv, Turkmenistan, 1999. Photograph courtesy Time Williams.



Merv, in southeastern Turkmenistan, was the principal city in a large oasis on the famed Silk Road, the major trade route that stretched from Rome to China. Since 1890, the site has been excavated intermittently by the Russians, the Americans, and the Soviets. In 1992, the National Institute for the History of Turkmenistan, the Institute of Archaeology of University College London, and the British Museum collaborated to create the International Merv Project, renamed the Ancient Merv Project in 2001. The Metropolitan Museum provided support from 1998 to 2001. The site was occupied in the sixth century B.C. during the Achaemenid period. The Seleucid ruler Antiochus I (r. 281–261 B.C.) turned Merv into a metropolis with a fortified citadel, known as Erk Kala. Its walled city, Antiochus Margiana (now called Gyaur Kala), flourished throughout the following Parthian and Sasanian periods (ca. 200 B.C.–A.D. 650), growing rich on the revenues of the trade flowing along the east-west highway. Sometime in the eighth century, a suburb grew up outside the walls of Gyaur Kala to the west. This new suburb developed into the walled city of Sultan Kala, which became the principal eastern capital of the great Seljuq empire.

Partnered with The National Institute for the History of Turkmenistan, the Institute of Archaeology of University College London, and the British Museum International Merv Project, renamed the Ancient Merv Project.

Made possible by The Adelaide and Milton de Groot Fund, in memory of the de Groot and Hawley Families.
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