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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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    Middle Uruk, ca. 3700–3500 B.C.

    Syria, Tell Brak

    Gift of Colt Archaeological Institute Inc., 1988 (51.59.1,.5–9,.11,1988.323.8)

Tell Brak



Tell Brak, in northeastern Syria, is one of the largest ancient mounds in northern Mesopotamia. The site lies at a strategic point that provided access to the north, particularly to Anatolia, with its metal sources, and also to the west, beyond the Euphrates, to the Mediterranean. Excavations at Tell Brak, which continue today, have yielded significant information about northern Mesopotamia over a great time span and have also served as the setting for new archaeological research and strategies. The British School of Archaeology in Iraq excavated the site for three seasons in 1937 and 1938, under the direction of Max E. L. Mallowan. Excavations resumed in 1976 sponsored by the Institute of Archaeology of University College London and from 1990 have been sponsored by the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. The Metropolitan Museum supported excavations at Tell Brak from 1983 to 1990 and then again in 1998 and 2000. Evidence for occupation at the site exists from the sixth millennium to the end of the Late Bronze Age in the second millennium B.C. In the third millennium B.C., Tell Brak was an important early urban center, known as the city of Nagar.

Partnered with the Institute of Archaeology of University College London and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge.

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