The Dutch and the ancient Near East

A gallery in the museum’s Near Eastern sectionA gallery in the museum’s Near Eastern section

Due to renovation of the galleries, the museum is temporarily closed until mid-December 2015


The Near Eastern collection tells the fascinating story of how millennia-old objects found their way into the museum collection. Dutch archaeologists, collectors, and scholars played a crucial role in this process. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, their travels often turned into true adventures.