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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.
Conservation Projects
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  • Section of Qianlong Garden in the Forbidden City. Photograph courtesy of the Palace Museum.
  • Mecka Baumeister (Conservator) with colleagues at the conservation studio and training facility for the Qianlong Garden Project. Photograph courtesy of the Palace Museum.
  • Interior scene with architectural woodwork from the Supreme Chamber for Cultivating Harmony (Yanghe Jingshe) in the Qianlong Garden, installed in “The Emperor's Private Paradise” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum. Lent by the Palace Museum, Beijing. Photograph courtesy of the Palace Museum.

Palace Museum - World Monuments Fund Qianlong Garden Conservation

China, U.S.A.


A Metropolitan Museum conservator is part of an international team of consultants that advises the World Monuments Fund in its work with the Palace Museum, Beijing, to develop a conservation program for the remarkable interiors and furniture preserved in the Qianlong Garden, the private retirement complex of Emperor Qianlong (r. 1736–95) in the Forbidden City. The site is an intimately scaled garden, covering two acres and comprising four courtyards, rockeries and grottoes, and twenty-seven buildings. Their original design and construction have survived relatively unaltered from the time they were constructed in 1771–76, and they have never been conserved before.

While the site is under conservation, the loan exhibition, The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City, provided the unique opportunity to study significant pieces of furniture, architectural elements, trompe l'oeil wall paintings, and religious and decorative art at the Metropolitan Museum (February–May, 2011), one of the American venues.

Another important component of this project is the establishment of the first training program and facility in 2010 in the Forbidden City dedicated to the conservation of Chinese furniture and historic interiors, to benefit the Palace Museum and to serve as an international resource for the field.

Made possible by World Monuments Fund.
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