Rehabilitiation of the Mosul Museum

Mosul, Iraq

Amount $ 1.3

Years 2018 - 2023

Operator Musée du Louvre, Smithsonian Institution

Type of grant Emergency relief

SBAH
SBAH
SBAH
Photo: Ivan Erhel
Photo: Ivan Erhel
Photo: Ivan Erhel

The Mosul Museum held a uniquely important collection, documenting the multicultural and multireligious history of the city and its region, from prehistory through Assyrian and later periods.

In 2015 Daesh heavily damaged the collection and the building in a highly publicised assault.

In 2018, in cooperation with the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH), the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Hassan Nadhem, and the Mosul Museum staff, ALIPH launched a project to rehabilitate the Museum with the aim to reopen it in 2024.

In the first stage of this project (2018-19), in cooperation with the local partners, the Musée du Louvre and the Smithsonian Institution carried out the assessment of the building and of the collection and implemented immediate stabilization measures. The work included removing live ordnance from the roof, shoring up collapsing floors, and securing the building. The objects and fragments in the collection were sorted, cleaned, documented, and stored.

In 2020, despite the pandemic, the project continued and made progress on the conservation of the damaged artifacts.  The Louvre prepared remote training in conservation techniques for the museum staff, which in the future will allow them to work independently of international experts.

In 2021 ALIPH initiated a partnership with the World Monuments Fund for the rehabilitation of the Museum building.