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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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  • Excavated area in front of the Temple Terrace, with the monumental staircase at the center, Tell Mozan, Syria, 2009. Photograph courtesy The International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies.
Tell Mozan (ancient Urkesh)



Tell Mozan, the ancient city of Urkesh, is located in northeastern Syria near the Turkish border. From about 3000 to 1500 B.C., Urkesh was an important stop on both the north-south trade route between Anatolia and the cities of Syria and Mesopotamia and the east-west route that linked the Mediterranean with the Zagros Mountains of western Iran. Excavations begun in 1984 under co-directors Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati have revealed a temple terrace with a monumental stone staircase and a royal palace dated to the Akkadian period (ca. 2350–2200 B.C.). Urkesh was a capital of the Hurrian people, a little-understood but powerful group whose culture these buildings and associated finds have helped elucidate. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has provided support for the excavations since 2006.

Partnered with the Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Expedition.

Made possible by The Adelaide and Milton de Groot Fund, in memory of the de Groot and Hawley Families.
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