Middle East Galleries
Our first new signature gallery in more than a decade, the new Middle East Galleries will take you on a journey to the world’s first cities, starting with a single footprint left in clay by a worker at Ur, Iraq, 6,500 years ago. See some of the Museum’s most iconic objects—like the Ram in the Thicket, the bull-headed lyre, and the burial attire of Queen Puabi of Ur—in their stunning new home.
Take in the fascinating story of humanity through an extraordinary collection of art and artifacts from all over the world. Our signature galleries celebrate the incredible and diverse accomplishments of people, and many of the objects on display come directly from our own archaeological excavations and anthropological expeditions. From stone tools and household items to architectural monuments and fine art — you’ll discover something new about the amazing lives of people spanning the entire history of humankind.
Where is the Sphinx?
After more than 100 years educating and entertaining generations of guests, our beloved Sphinx is enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation. The Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery is closed as we begin conservation of monumental objects in preparation for new galleries. Learn more.
A visit to our special exhibitions will transform your understanding of the human experience through compelling narratives, unique objects and engaging interactives. The stories of diverse cultures throughout history and their varied perspectives are shared through a contemporary lens, making historical connections that are relevant to our lives today. We invite you to join us on a voyage of ongoing discovery!