); colossal statues from Persepolis, of polished black limestone (Lillie loves the head of a bull, who previously guarded the entrance to the Hundred Column Hall); and a human headed winged bull from Khorsabad, Mesopotamia (16 feet tall!
), that once stood in the throneroom of the palace of the Assyrian King Sargon II.
But when you've exhausted all those avenues, and your child still wants more, what do you do? "displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits." This lovely catalogue of goodness does not do justice to BEING there. Before you go, I'd highly recommend that you explore their excellent resource, Teaching the Middle East.
Then it undertook its first excavation in 1910 in the vicinity of Doronka in Upper Egypt and a second excavation south of Cairo uncovering a section of the city of Fustat (first Islamic capital of Egypt). King Fu’ad I gave a valuable collection of textiles, scales and seals as did King Farouk, Amir Muhammad Ali and Amir Yusuf Kamal.Kids LOVE the immense scale of such items - almost beyond belief.The Galleries include glassed in cases (perfect for grubby small hands to NOT get in trouble), interactive exhibits, Tut's dishes, sarcophagi, audio tours, and more.At the order of Khedive Ismail Pasha in 1880 the collection of archaeological rarities from the Islamic era was begun in the mosque of Al- Hakim.The Council for the Preservation of Arab Antiquities, created in 1881 in association with the Ministry of Awqaf, supervised the House of Arab Antiquities, as it was then known, until 1930 when the museum was taken into the Ministry of Education.