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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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  • Abdullah Hakimzada of the National Museum of Afghanistan and Metropolitan Museum objects conservator J.-F. de Lapérouse practice using an acrylic-based filler for losses in ceramics.
  • Abdullah Hakimzada and Sadatmir, both from the National Museum of Afghanistan, learn how to add color to epoxy resin with Metropolitan Museum glass conservator Drew Anderson.
  • Abdullah Hakimzada and Sadatmir of the National Museum of Afghanistan discuss sculpture conservation with Metropolitan Museum objects conservators Carolyn Riccardelli and Michael Morris.

Conservation assistance to the National Museum of Afghanistan

Afghanistan, U.S.A.


During the summer of 2009, when Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul was on view at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Abdullah Hakimzada, a conservator at the National Museum of Afghanistan, resided in New York as an official representative of his institution. Museum staff in Afghanistan have performed heroic efforts to safeguard their nation's cultural heritage during the years of recent conflict and Metropolitan Museum conservators were eager to learn about Mr. Hakimzada's work and provide assistance. Over the course of the summer, Mr. Hakimzada visited several of the Metropolitan's conservation departments and discussed new techniques that might be useful in his work. After a moving slide presentation of his efforts in which he mentioned the difficulty of obtaining even basic supplies, Metropolitan staff resolved to send a large number of these urgently needed items to his institution. The shipment included adhesives, environmental monitoring equipment, tools, laboratory safety supplies, and a set of acrylic paints generously donated by Golden Artists Colors, Inc. This material, sent to Kabul with the assistance of the U.S. State Department, was received by Dr. Massoudi, director of the National Museum in June 2010. Now that professional contacts have been established, Metropolitan Museum conservators look forward to future collaborations with the National Museum.

Partnered with The National Museum of Afghanistan, Golden Artist Colors, Inc., and the U.S. State Department.
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