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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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  • Workmen excavating ivories in the “Ivory Room” at Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud, Iraq, 1963.
  • Tribute bearer with an oryx, a monkey, and a leopard skin

    Neo-Assyrian, ca. 8th century B.C.

    Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu)

    Rogers Fund, 1960 (60.145.11)

  • Panel with griffins back-to-back against a ground of lotuses

    Neo-Assyrian, ca. 8th century B.C.

    Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu)

    Rogers Fund, 1961 (61.197.1)

Nimrud (ancient Kalhu)



Nimrud was the capital of Assyria during the reign of the Neo-Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (883–859 B.C.), who built its palace and other lavish structures. One of the richest sites of the ancient world, Nimrud has continued to produce spectacular discoveries since the English explorer Austen Henry Layard began the first significant investigations of the site in 1845. In 1949, the British School of Archaeology in Iraq (BSAI) renewed excavations at Nimrud under the direction of Max E. L. Mallowan. By the 1951 season, the excavations had expanded significantly, thanks to the financial and staff support of the Metropolitan Museum. The Museum received a share of the finds from the seasons during which it provided support (1951–53; 1956–58; 1960–63). Among these are important examples selected from the tens of thousands of carved ivories collected as booty and tribute from Syria and the Levant by the Assyrian kings, some still retaining traces of the gold foil and colored inlays that once enlivened them.

Partnered with the British School of Archaeology in Iraq (BSAI).
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