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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 "Painted Temple," Level IV, Jujah, Yemen, 1995. Photograph courtesy Paul Zimmerman.


1994, 1995

The site of Jujah, in the Wadi Hadhramaut of Yemen, was excavated in 1994 and 1995 under the direction of Donald P. Hansen of the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University with support from the Metropolitan Museum. In one area, a large, private residential complex with ground-level and basement storage areas was uncovered. The size of the foundation stones and the thickness of the outer walls suggest that the building was at least two stories high. In a second area, beneath another residential structure, was a temple that in its earliest phase had plastered and painted walls. Visible in the polychrome murals that once decorated the cella, or inner sanctum, were fragmentary depictions of human and birdlike figures, textile patterns, and a partial inscription in South Arabian script. Carbon 14 dates for the earliest levels of the so-called Painted Temple fall between the late ninth and seventh centuries B.C.

Partnered with The Institute of Fine Arts of New York University.
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