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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 collection 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 Around the World is designed and maintained by the Office of the Director.


The Met organizes large and small exhibitions that travel beyond the Museum's walls, extending our scholarship to institutions across the world. See our national and international traveling 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 national and 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 collections. See our national and international conservation activities 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 national and international excavation program from the Met's founding to the present.


The Met hosts 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 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 national and 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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  • Discussing object display in the Galleries of Ancient Near Eastern Art. Part of the training for the Iraqi Residency Program. October 2011.

Iraq Museum Residencies Program at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Iraq, U.S.A.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art was very pleased to host three directors from regional museums in Iraq as part of a joint program with the U.S. Department of State and the International Relief and Development NGO. Based in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, this museum-wide project provided the participants with a broad understanding of the Met's operations, complemented by occasions for more detailed discussions and interactions in areas of particular interest.

The month-long program was ultimately divided into four weeks, each focusing on a different area of museum work, namely curatorial, education and visitor experience, conservation and scientific research, and photographic and image storage. All through the program the participants were also given the opportunity to go to a number of events connected to the opening of the new Islamic Galleries.

By coming to the Metropolitan Museum, the participants were able to study the similarities, differences, and challenges that the Met and institutions in Iraq face, and discussed ways in which we can work together in the future.

This is an initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
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