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Past Exhibitions


6 February 2021 - 28 March 2021

【Close-Up Exhibition】 Recent Discoveries from Ancient Jordan: Japanese Contributions to Archaeological Research

This exhibition of panels and images presented to the public some of the new vistas and understanding of ancient Jordan based on Japanese archaeological work, and Jordanian-Japanese collaborative efforts on the cultural heritage of Petra.


12 December 2020 - 31 January 2021

【Close-Up Exhibition】 Ruins on the shores of Sea of Galilee, Israel - Hippos and Ein Gev

In this exhibition, the results of joint research by the Japanese and Israeli teams at the sites of Ein Gev and Hippos on the shores of Sea of Galilee were introduced via posters and models.

18 July 2020 - 22 September 2020

【Special Exhibition】 Have Fun with the Ancient Orient World! Museum Fest for Children and Families

This exhibition presents the fascinating wonders and worlds of the Ancient Orient through our collection gallery via easily understandable panels, especially for children and families. Full of social experience events and workshops, enjoy exploring the enigmatic histories and cultures of ancient civilisations!

22 February 2020 - 12 July 2020

【Close-Up Exhibition】 KOFUN in Bahrain – Excavations of a Tumulus Cluster at Maqaba

Since 2016, excavations of a tumulus cluster at Maqaba in Bahrain aim to investigate the influence of ancient Palmyra (present Syrian Arab Republic) on Bahrain during the Tylos period (330BC-629AD). It is believed that this project will facilitate understanding of how ancient Palmyra influenced ancient Bahrain during the Tylos period.

18 January 2020 - 16 February 2020

【Close-Up Exhibition】 60 Years of Japan-Iranian Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Collaboration

This panel exhibition commemorated the 90th anniversary of these joint efforts, informing the general public of our scientific collaboration and the important results contributing to understanding and preserving the Iranian past.


12 December 2019 - 13 January 2020

【Close-Up Exhibition】 Jerusalem, The Sacred Place for Prayers -Haruo Nakano Photo Exhibition

Jerusalem's Old City in Israel/ Palestine is a holy place for the three major religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. For Christians, it was once the center of the world. For Jews it was the place where Solomon’s temple stood, the only place dedicated to Yahweh. For Muslims it is the place where the prophet Muhammad ascended to hear the Allah’s announcement. It is the place connected to the heaven. These photographs were taken by photographer Haruo Nakano in Jerusalem,, a sacred place for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Sacred places, such as shrines around Japan, and as Ise Jingu, are the photographer's theme for many years.

5 October - 1 December 2019

【Special Exhibition】 Ancient Yamato: A Glorious Narrative of Japan and Asian Civilizations

This landmark exhibition showcased a wide range of artefacts from the Jōmon to the medieval period (Jomon and Yayoi ceramics, figurines, royal regalia from tumuli, ornaments of jade and other semi-precious stones, mirrors, bronze and iron weapons, iron armour, Buddhist art, and cultic paraphernalia), representing the achievements of ancient Yamato over a ten thousand year period. The exhibition explored, through the ages, how ancient Yamato took shape as a powerful cultural and political hub, and how interactions with Asian civilizations were involved in the history of Yamato.

13 July - 23 September 2019

【Special Exhibition】 Gilgamesh and Heroes of the Ancient Orient

The Gilgamesh Epic, which deals with ancient Mesopotamian heroes, is known as the "the oldest existing literature." It includes topics that are common with contemporary literature, such as friendship, life and death, faith and, adventures by heroes. The Gilgamesh Epic has, not only influenced past ages, but still retains its brilliance even in the present. Recently, Gilgamesh has been adopted as a game character, and is gaining in popularity among young generations.
It is said that the hero Gilgamesh reigned as king of the city of Uruk (today’s Iraq), archaeologically called "the world's oldest city", and is known as the place where the world's oldest writing (cuneiform scripts) were invented. This exhibition will show the archeological materials, arts and crafts, and models related to daily life 5000 years ago in Mespotamia. These displays introduce, the world of heroes and gods of the ancient Near East, including the hero Gilgamesh, and the influence of this hero epic on future generations.

8 June - 30 June 2019

【Close-Up Exhibition】 Syrian Cultural Heritage in Crisis

An extensive amount of cultural heritage in Syria has been damaged and lost as a result of the devastating civil war that began in 2011. The University of Tsukuba supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, has continuously recorded the state of Syrian cultural heritage and undertaken some educational programs so as to make as many people as possible aware of the importance of Syrian cultural heritage. This exhibition introduces these activities via films, posters and 3D projection.


8 December 2018 - 4 February 2019

【Close-Up Exhibition】 Discovery of Mural Mosaics at the Church of Nativity, Bethlehem - the Angels Revived -

In this exhibition, the museum will introduce the significance of preservation and restoration work for the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem by Piacenti, and the many discoveries made during this work, using photo panels and a video show.

29 September - 2 December 2018

【Special Anniversary Exhibition】 The Silk Road Revisited: Humans Created Eurasia-

This landmark exhibition, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Ancient Orient Museum, showcases more than 250 masterpieces from prehistoric Eurasia to the early Modern Silk Road world, ranging from Palaeolithic stone tools and horse riding bits to silk textiles, coins and brilliant porcelains. Every representation from museum/academic and private collections entreats us to reconsider our past images of the ancient Silk Road in the light of new discoveries. The main focus of this exhibition is how ancient people and their products dispersed across the enormous landmass, what cultural heritage tells us about their history, and how humans created the Eurasian world.

10 February - 25 March 2018

【Close-Up Exhibition】 Twenty-five Years of Excavations in Bulgaria

The Thracia investigation team from Tokai University has undertaken excavations for 25 years (since 1984) at the Dyadovo site. Dyadovo in southeastern Bulgaria, settled from Chalcolithic period (ca. 4400 BC) to the Middle Ages (12th century), is a 18 m high “tell” (artificial mound) site, typical in West Asia. The Tokai University team excavations focused on the Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC) layers, and worked on determining the circumstances of a prehistoric village and its inhabitants. In this exhibition, the results of the Japanese team during a quarter of a century of excavation at this Bulgarian prehistoric site are presented through excavated finds, panels, video, and a maquette.

12 January - 9 February 2018

【New Year Zodiac Series】 Year of the Dog

This one-point exhibition presents information on Japanese Zodiac animals, with a focus on the dog as the zodiac animal for 2018. The dog is familiar animal to human beings since the remote past. Since its early domestication, the dog has been cherished as a helpful beast, revered as a divine creature, or even abhorred as a dirty animal by peoples of the Ancient Orient. This exhibition will show you a handful of the objects representing the dog from our collection


16 September - 12 November 2017

【Autumn Special Exhibition】 Gods and Humans in the Ancient Orient – Welcome to the Mythological World -

This special exhibition shows the diversity of mythologies that are displayed through art works and such as statues, statuettes, paintings, seals, potteries, vessels and other forms from Greece, Rome, ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China and Japan. They also tell us the meanings and roles of myths in modern society.

29 July - 10 September 2017

【Summer Special Exhibition】 Enchanted by Oil Lamps: The Nakamura Collection and Beyond

In this special exhibition we shed light on a wide variety of oil lamps, from the ancient Near East, Greek and Roman Mediterranean worlds, to pre-modern and modern Asia, Europe, and Japan. Enjoyable participatory events ensure that everybody can feel the light of ancient wisdom!

10 June - 17 July 2017

【Close-up Gallery】 Bedouins in the Syrian Desert: Through the lens of Megumi Yoshitake

The 24 photographs taken by Megumi Yoshitake over a 17-year period depicts the life of Bedouins in the Syrian Desert.

文化庁 平成30年度 地域と共働した美術館・歴史博物館創造活動支援事業
  • 常設展 - タイムスリップ!古代オリエントの世界 ―人類文明の発祥の地、古代オリエント― 悠久の歴史のなかに生きた古代人の考古遺物や美術をとおして 豊饒のオリエント世界へようこそ!
  • 古代オリエント博物館“友の会”のご案内 - 多くの展覧会・催しへの参加をご希望の方は特典満載の友の会がおすすめです。
  • パルミラ遺跡写真アーカイヴ

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