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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.
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  • Debra Hess Norris of the University of Delaware explains conservation treatment undertaken by a colleague at the Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc to participants from Jordan and Egypt. Rabat, Morocco, September 2012. Photograph by Nora Kennedy.
  • Nora Kennedy from Photograph Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Debra Hess Norris of the University of Delaware review the identification of historic photographic processes with workshop participants from the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., November 2012. Photograph by Klaus Pollmeier.
  • Bertrand Lavédrine, Director of the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections, Paris, supervises participants from Syria, Morocco, Lebanon, and Jordan in the recreation of nineteenth-century photographic processes. Beirut, Lebanon, November 2011. Photograph by Nora Kennedy.

The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI)

Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, United Arab Emirates


The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) is a strategic drive to promote the preservation and awareness of photograph collections in the broad Middle East, from North Africa and the Arab Peninsula through Western Asia. The initiative comprises three interconnected components: a collections survey to identify significant photograph holdings across the region and into Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan; to make information about these collections available online; and a series of three courses to train personnel responsible for the care of photographic collections in the region. Each course consists of a two-week workshop, an eight-month distance mentoring period, and a follow-up meeting with all participants. Workshop and follow-up meetings are hosted by participating institutions and have taken place in Beirut, Rabat, and Abu Dhabi, and are planned for Istanbul and Amman. The Photograph Preservation Initiative will culminate in a symposium focusing on the photographic heritage of the broader Middle East for regional policy- and decision-makers.

Partnered with the Arab Image Foundation, the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Getty Conservation Institute.
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