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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.
Exchanges & Collaborations
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  • Participants from archives, museums, libraries, and private collections in South Africa gather clues to identify historic photographic processes, including image color, surface characteristics, format, and image content. Cape Town, August 2012. Photograph by Nora Kennedy.
  • Photograph Preservation Workshop goals include dissemination of up-to-date preservation information and collections of bibliographic and online resources. Equally important are establishing networks to share preservation materials and strategies, as well as publicizing and celebrating solutions to preservation challenges. Cape Town, August 2012. Photograph by Nora Kennedy.
  • University of Cape Town participant displays photographs with yellow staining from labels used in the past in a local archive. Preservation workshops emphasize practical and cost-effective solutions to improve the long-term preservation of invaluable photographic heritage. Cape Town, August 2012. Photograph by Nora Kennedy.
  • Photograph Preservation Workshop participants gather on the steps of the Center for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town for a group portrait. All cited the desire to establish a greater recognition of the importance of photograph collections. Cape Town, August 2012. Photograph by Nora Kennedy.

Photograph Preservation Workshop, Center for Curating the Archive (CCA), University of Cape Town

South Africa

August 2012

In August 2012, the University of Cape Town's Center for Curating the Archive (CCA) hosted a workshop on the technical history of photography, identification of processes, and general care and preservation of photograph collections. The workshop was built around lectures and practica presented by a photograph conservator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the director of The Better Image, a private photograph conservation concern in New York and New Jersey. Twenty participants took part, including museum directors, curators, archivists, photographers, preservation administrators, student interns, and conservators. This workshop was an important first step in establishing a South African community for the preservation of visual heritage collections. During final discussions, all stated the strong need for future collaborations to promote awareness of South Africa's photographic heritage and to strengthen expertise in photograph preservation regionally.

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