Iraq National Museum

The National Museum of Iraq is a museum located in Baghdad, Iraq. It contains precious relics from the Mesopotamian, Babylonian and Persian civilisations. It was looted during and after the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Internationals efforts helped in the return of some some of the stolen artefacts and after being closed for many years, the museum was officially reopened in February 2015. The museum contains important artefacts from the over 5,000-year-long history of Mesopotamia in 28 galleries and vaults.

The collections of the National Museum of Iraq include art and artefacts from ancient Sumerian, Babylonian, Akkadian and Assyrian civilisations. The museum also has galleries devoted to collections of both pre-Islamic and Islamic Arabian art and artefacts. Of its many noteworthy collections, the Nimrud gold collection—which features gold jewellery and figures of precious stone that date to the 9th century BC —and the collection of stone carvings and cuneiform tablets from Uruk are exceptional. The Uruk treasures date to between 3500 and 3000 BC. (Wikipedia)

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