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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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  • Design submissions in the International Architectural Ideas Competition for The National Museum of Afghanistan.
  • Design submissions in the International Architectural Ideas Competition for The National Museum of Afghanistan.
  • Navina Haidar, Curator of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum, discusses one of the proposed designs with a fellow juror.

International Architectural Ideas Competition Jury, The National Museum of Afghanistan

Afghanistan, U.S.A.

June 2012

To address security, storage, and environmental concerns surrounding The National Museum of Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy-Kabul and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan organized the International Architectural Ideas Competition, soliciting design proposals for architectural renovations to the National Museum. The competition received approximately 80 submissions in the form of architectural and conceptual drawings, boards, and booklets.

In June 2012 a curator of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art served on the competition's jury panel of experts and prominent arts philanthropists to judge the best design for the new structure. Jurors were tasked with examining the submissions and identifying a group, including the top three winners, for recommendation to the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture. Entries were judged on practicality, attention to security, aesthetic merit, propriety of symbol and style, future maintenance projections, local work generation, and other factors. U.S. and Afghan officials announced the winners of the competition in late 2012.
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