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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.
Excavations throughout Met History, 1870–present
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  • The administration building in the excavations in Area C at al-Hiba, Iraq, 1970–71.
Al-Hiba (ancient Lagash)



Al-Hiba (ancient Lagash), one of the largest mounds in southern Iraq, was first investigated in 1887 by the German architect and archaeologist Robert Koldewey. In 1968, a joint expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, under the direction of Vaughn E. Crawford and Professor Donald P. Hansen, initiated excavations at the site. Excavations covered only a small part of the site, revealing occupation dated to the Early Dynastic period, ca. 2900–2350 B.C., when al-Hiba, along with Tello (ancient Girsu), were the two most important cities of the state of Lagash. A number of structures, including two temples, were investigated. A temple of Inanna, called the Ibgal, was located at the southwest edge of the city, while, at the highest point on the western side of the mound, a temple precinct called the Bagara was dedicated to Ningirsu, the patron god of Lagash. In the latter, there appears to have been a brewery, where beer was prepared for the ritual feeding of the deity. The site was largely abandoned after the Early Dynastic period, although religious buildings continued to be constructed at the site into the second millennium B.C.

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