Arthur M. Sackler Museum in Washington DC, USA


After the huge success attained by "Saudi Archeological Masterpieces through the Ages", the Kingdom’s exhibition during its previous stops in Europe, many international museums are competing with each other to host the exhibition and bear the hosting expenses as well. This clearly reflects the historical significance of the civilization of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the great value attached to the relics of the exhibition, which were showcased for the first time outside the Kingdom in this vast range and variety.

In this context, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, USA, is currently hosting this exceptional exhibition since 15th November, 2012.

Arthur M. Sackler Museum in Washington DC is the fifth stop of the international tour of the exhibition as the exhibition has received Royal Assent of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz – may God protect him - to visit a number of major cities in Europe and the United States of America.

The Louvre Museum in France was the first leg of the exhibition in Europe, then it moved to Spain where it was hosted by La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona before being hosted by the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany, as the final stop in Europe before heading to the United States of America.

In the US, Arthur M. Sackler in Washington DC has been the first museum to host the exhibition of Saudi antiquities along with the five other American museums that are scheduled to host the exhibition over the next two years period. The exhibition focuses on the influence of ancient trade routes that crossed the Arabian Peninsula and allowed for trade and cultural exchange between different civilizations. The exhibition features a range of recently discovered relics from ancient trade routes including beautiful glass-wares, pottery, and heavy gold earrings, in addition to highlighting the subsequent developments of Hajj routes to Makkah after the emergence of Islam.

The exhibition presents more than 320 relics which have been carefully selected from several locations, such as the National Museum in Riyadh, King Saud University Museum, King Fahad National Library, King Faisal Center for Islamic Research and Studies and the King Abdul Aziz Library in Al Madina, in addition to a number of relics found during the latest excavations in the Kingdom. The relics of this exhibition will cover a period from the Stone Age (One million years BC) to the establishment of the modern Saudi State.

- Press file 

- Special Supplement on Washington Fair in Saudi Voyager magazine

Photo gallery of the relics

Roads of Arabia

- Photos of the Inaugural Ceremony of the "Saudi Archeological ..." Expo in Washington DC.

Saudi Arabia.. Meeting Place of Civilizations - A book in English 

To visit the exhibition website

Exhibition’s previous stops

- Poster advertising the Expo