Current Exhibitions on the Ancient Near East

In 2015 and 2016 there are several exhibitions on the Ancient Near East worth visiting. Of course this list does not include all exhibitions. Are you missing something? Let us know and we will publish information in our next issue.

 ‘Ed-Dur: Glimpse into Civilization’ at the Sarjah Museum in Sarjah, United Arab Emirates. Exhibition will run until March 26th, 2016.

© Sharjah Museum
© Sharjah Museums Department

From the museum website, edited:
An exciting new archaeological exhibition tracing an important period of early UAE history got under way in Sharjah. ‘Ed-Dur: Glimpse into Civilization’, the first collaboration between Sharjah Museums Department and the Department of Archaeology and Heritage in Umm Al Quwain, focuses on the historic development of two contemporary locations, Mleiha and Ed-Dur. The items on display trace the historic relationship between the major inland settlement of Mleiha and the important coastal port of Ed-Dur. Visitors will get to see 79 artefacts – 69 from Umm al Quwain and 10 from Sharjah –  that provide a unique insight into the way the region evolved into a hub of transport and commerce linking east and west.

‘ By the Rivers of Babylon’ at the Jeruzalem’s Bible Lands Museum in Jeruzalem, Israel. Exhibition will run until May 15th, 2016.

From the museum website, edited:
A story never told before… The story of a family that lived through the Babylonian Exile, its tragedy and redemption. The Bible Lands

© Bible Lands Museum
© Bible Lands Museum

Museum Jerusalem is proud to present this special exhibition focusing on one of the most significant events in the history of the Jewish people – the Babylonian Exile. Experience the destruction of Jerusalem, the grueling journey to Babylonia, the daily lives of the Judean exiles in captivity and finally the return to Zion. On display for the first time are original artifacts dating to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile, including clay tablets from the Al-Yahudu archive (named after the city that the Judean exiles settled, in southern Iraq) which display fascinating evidence of the lives of the exiles. This archive is considered one of the most important archaeological finds relating to the history of the Jewish people. Complementing these artifacts are  illustrations from the Medieval and Modern eras of the dramatic events which have become a symbol of the resilience of the Jewish people. Advanced multi-media enhances this exhibition which focuses on one of the most important milestones in the history of the Jewish people.

indianajones
©Lucasfilm Ltd.

‘Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition’ at the National Geographic Museum, Washington, USA. Exhibition will run until January 3d, 2016. (including items from the Penn Museum).

From the museum website, edited:
The beloved character of Indiana Jones and his adventures in search of the ancient past have inspired audiences around the world for over 30 years. These stories, many based on actual archaeological figures and sites around the world, playfully capture National Geographic’s spirit of exploration and provide the perfect platform to talk about real archaeologists and what they do. Opening at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C, on Saturday, May 14, Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology offers a redefined, modern exhibition experience with a combination of Hollywood magic, history and science. The innovative exhibition, made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd., presented by the National Geographic Society and produced by Montreal’s X3 Productions, features an extensive collection of original Indiana Jones film materials from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, along with photography, video and stories from the National Geographic Society and impressive artifacts from the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), one of the greatest archaeology museums in the world.

‘Treasures of the World’
at the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore. Exhibition will run until May 2016.

© National Museum of Singapore

From the museum website, edited:
Explore the finest artifacts the world has to offer at this highly-anticipated exhibition from the British Museum in London! Come face to face with the “unlucky mummy” falsely rumored to have sunk the Titanic, marvel at gold jewelry from ancient Mesopotamian graves and be fascinated by the magical transformation mask from the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. Featuring stunning relics from ancient civilizations and treasures spanning Africa, Oceania and the Middle East, as well as Europe, Asia and the Americas, this extensive collection encompasses over two million years of abundant culture and history. Closer to home, the exhibition also includes items from the personal collection of Sir Stamford Raffles, such as a Javanese mask and a kris and scabbard dating back to the early 19th century. Discover these Treasures of the World and more at the National Museum from December 2015 to May 2016!

‘The Discovery Of An Anatolian Empire. First Explorations In The Hittite Capital Hattusha’ at the İstanbul Archaeological Museum, Istanbul, Turkey. Exhibition will run until June 16, 2016.

© Istanbul Archaeological Museums
© Istanbul Archaeological Museums