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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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  • View of Cyrene.
  • Lawrence Becker (Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge) and Lisa Pilosi (Conservator) discussing the condition of the Archaic Sphinx in the Cyrene Museum.
  • Lawrence Becker (Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge) and Ismail Farj Dhkel (Director, Cyrene Museum) examining objects in storage.

Conservation assessment of museums and storerooms in Cyrene, Libya

Libya, U.S.A.

January–February 2010

The Libyan Department of Antiquities invited two conservators from the Metropolitan Museum to assess the condition of objects on exhibition and in storage at the ancient Greek city of Cyrene (today Shahat), Libya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This assessment is part of the Cyrenaica Archaeological Project directed by Professor Susan Kane of Oberlin College and was funded by a U.S. Department of State Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grant. The overall project also includes training in the documentation and management of archaeological sites and collections. The Met team made a detailed tour of all departmental facilities in Cyrene and outlined plans for a number of future initiatives, including the improvement (through the design and construction of more efficient shelving) of one storage area within the museum building for important and highly valuable objects; the creation of another storage area in an under-utilized area of the museum; prioritization of objects for possible conservation treatment; the donation of conservation supplies and equipment; and the training of Libyan museum staff through short-term visits to the Met to learn about best practices in exhibition design, educational outreach, museum security, etc. The current unrest in Libya has brought these plans to a halt, but the team remains committed to the project and ready to return when the time is right.

Made possible by U.S. Department of State Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.
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