Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Iraq Museum Open

Despite objection from scholars outside Iraq, from the staff of the Museum, and apparently from the Iraqi Ministry of Culture, a compromise has been reached with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in which eight of the Museum's twenty-six galleries were reopened today, Monday February 23, for a few hours, attended by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The New York Times reports with video.

The BBC Reports:

Euronews No Comment

The Guardian illustrated the event:

A few additional details are offered in the Los Angleles Times.

The Museum had not been open since a single day in July 2003 when it was opened for US administrator Paul Bremer. That event was photographed by Noreen Feeney:

The URL announced in 2004 as the location of the website for the Iraq Museum http://the.iraq.museum/, no longer appears to be active. Earlier versions remain visible at the Internet Archive.
[n.b. Feb. 25, 2008. The website of the Iraq Museum does appear to be online at the URL http://www.theiraqmuseum.org. This version has no presence in the Internet Archive.]

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