Baghdad – (iina) The Iraq National Museum is an archaeological museum based in Baghdad. It was established in 1926 and since then exhibits ancient Mesopotamian artefacts. Visitors can see the various man-made historical objects representing the Babylonian and Sumerian era from pottery to metal work.
Unfortunately, the museum faced theft which resulted in thousands of pieces being stolen. This has been a major issue for heritage sites as they are prone to being looted because of the lack of protection. However, the museum now receives great protection.
Iraq is working to have more of their own museums. Not only due to its very ancient history which goes all the way back to Mesopotamia, considered one of the oldest civilisations in the world, but also to keep the value of having each artefact in its native country. Exhibiting old objects and statues dating back to six thousand years ago is crucial for the Iraqi population, in order to understand their rich history and way of living of their ancestors.