Iraqi Nation Museum and the Difficulties of Keeping a Collection Safe and Sound


If you enjoy stories of struggling against very highly stacked odds, you’ll appreciate Crispin Thorold‘s report for the BBC on the Iraqi National Museum. Likely one of the last places in the world you’d currently pick to house ancient artifacts, the story tells the tale of the famous looting that went on after the fall of the country’s government, the death threats its director received and how, slowly, they’re starting to open their doors again to the public. Here’s a bit:

Since 2003 the doors of the Iraqi National Museum have rarely been opened. There was a special viewing for Paul Bremmer, who was at the time the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Now small groups are being let in once again. The museum’s executive director hopes that one day the public will be allowed to return.

“I hope that we can open the whole museum,” says Dr Amira Eidan. “There are many galleries. There is the Sumerian Hall. There is an Akkadian Hall and a Babylonian one.”