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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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  • Met conservator Donna Strahan lectures to students and staff of Sichuan University and Chengdu museum professionals.

Guest Lecture Program, Sichuan University


June 2013

Dr. Yongxian Li, Professor and Chair of the Archaeological Department at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, invited a Metropolitan Museum conservator to lecture for ten days in June as part of the Guest Lecture Program. The department was interested in learning about American methods of preserving cultural relics, in addition to specific conservation treatment methods for a range of objects in museum collections.

The audience comprised approximately 30 of the department's graduate students and faculty, as well as 20 local museum professionals. Lecture topics included: preventive conservation in museums (environments, handling, testing materials, storage), conservation of specific materials and of freshly excavated finds in the field, and the Code of Ethics for the American Institute for Conservation. The ten-day program additionally encompassed visits to museums and archaeological sites as a way to further illustrate the academic content of the lectures.
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