A remarkable exhibition of stunning artefacts revealing Afghanistan’s rich culture.
Afghanistan was at the heart of the Silk Road, the trading route travelled by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo, linking ancient Iran, Central Asia, India and China, and the more distant cultures of Greece and Rome.
Visiting Australia for the first time, this exhibition, with more than 230 priceless treasures, some thousands of years old, offers a rare opportunity to discover the surprising, untold story of the long and extraordinarily rich culture that is Afghanistan.
For years these artefacts were thought lost or destroyed as war and instability shook the country. In 2003, they were uncovered from vaults in the central bank of the presidential palace, where they had been placed in secrecy by a few courageous staff from the National Museum, Kabul.
Discover stories of bravery that protected these precious artefacts of gold, bronze and stone sculptures, ivories, painted glassware and other ancient works of art.
Adult $24, Concession $16, Child $14, MV Member Adult $14, MV Member Concession $12, MV Member Child $10
Tickets include entry to Melbourne MuseumPre-purchase tickets online or by calling 13 11 02.Online and phone bookings incur a $4.00 fee per transaction.
Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul exhibition is supported by the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI) Program. This program provides funding for the purchase of insurance for significant cultural exhibitions. Without AGIEI, the high cost of insuring significant cultural items would prohibit this major exhibition from touring to Australia.
There will be lectures associated with the exhibition. Check back soon for details!
Two series of lectures are being planned in association with the exhibition. One will focus on archaelogy and the social, historical and cultural aspects of Afghanistan and will be held on Thursday evenings at 6pm. The other program called In Conversation will be held on Saturday afternoons at 4pm and will highlight the relationship between Melbourne and Afghanistan through themes such as writing, travel, cooking and trade. All details of these programs will be finalised by mid-February and will appear on the website.
We will be able to book your group in on a Saturday, to make a booking and discuss pricing, please call our education line on 03 8341 7767
There is a members event planned for Saturday 23 March from 9am and will also include an introduction by Dr Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist and curator of Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures exhibition; followed by exhibition entry.
The Membership department will soon be sending out a member e-newsletter to invite members to this upcoming event. If not already, please make sure that you are signed up to receive our member newsletter.
Please see below a direct link to the Afghanistan page that has further links to the talks and lectures we will be holding in relation to the exhibition
Thank you for this feedback Helen. We now organise our major exhibitions differently from Tutankhamun in 2011. For example, the 2012 exhibition The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia and the current exhibition Afghanistan Hidden Treasures are less crowded and the ticket prices are lower too. Please visit us and see if you like the changes.
Thanks for your enquiry. If there is a queue for the exhibition and you require priority entry, please speak to a customer service officer on the day and they will be able to assist you. The museum also has a range of wheelchairs, which might suit your needs. These are available for hire, for free, from the cloak room and can be arranged easily upon your arrival to the museum.
You can prepurchase tickets if you would like to, but it's not neccessary as there are plenty of tickets available for sale upon arrival at the museum.
You do have to purchase tickets to view the temporary exhibitions, including the current exhibition, Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures. The ticket prices for this exhibition are listed at the top of this page and are: Adult $24, Concession $16, Child $14, MV Member Adult $14, MV Member Concession $12, MV Member Child $10. You can pre-purchase tickets online or by calling 13 11 02. You can also purchase tickets for the exhibition at the museum ticket counter upon arrival at the museum.
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After Melbourne Museum, Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul will be touring to the following venues:
Queensland Museum 5 September 2013 to 27 January 2014
Art Gallery of New South Wales 6 March to 1 June 2014
Western Australian Museum 5 July to 16 November 2014
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