Mosul and its Museum
Remarkable for its architecture and collections, the Mosul Cultural Museum is one of Iraq’s most important museums outside of Baghdad. From its foundation in 1952 to its destruction by Daesh in 2015, the museum’s history is intimately linked to that of Mosul and its region.
The Disaster of Destruction
Over the last several decades, Iraq and its people have lived through many dramatic episodes. Episodes of war and division in the country, have led to the looting and destruction of iraqi cultural heritage.
Rehabilitating the Mosul Cultural Museum
In June 2017, the Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities noted the terrible state of the Mosul Cultural Museum and asked for international assistance. Thus was born an international solidarity to support the rehabilitation of the museum and its collections.
Collections and Legendary Sites
Mesopotamia is a region that has witnessed major stages in human history. This was illustrated by the collections that the Mosul Cultural Museum displayed in its rooms before they were looted and ransacked.
Media & Resources
Closed Mosul Cultural Museum Virtual Tour, 2021
Walk in the Mosul Cultural Museum during its closure.
© Summum 3D
3D model of the Yaḥya ibn al-Qasim Cenotaph
3D model of the cenotaph of the shrine of Imam Yahya ibn al-Qasim, made of teak wood with botanical motifs and Arabic inscriptions, and displayed in the Mosul Cultural Museum.
© Petr Vavrečka
Manuscript showing a Mosul Mosque
Manuscript of 1237, al-Hariri, Al Maqamat (The sessions), copied and painted by Yahya b. Mahmud al-Wasiti, Baghdad.
© Bibliothèque nationale de France