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Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia / Hyokeikan     January 23, 2018 (Tue) - March 18, 2018 (Sun)

Anthropomorphic stele, Qaryat al-Kaafa, c.3500-2500 BC (National Museum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Since ancient times the Arabian Peninsula has been intersected by trade routes, acting as a crossroads of diverse peoples and civilizations. This exhibition will for the very first time in Japan display treasures from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that reveal a dynamic history and culture. Approximately 400 invaluable cultural properties will be displayed, including the oldest stone tools in Asia, dating back over a million years; anthropomorphic stelae erected in the desert 5,000 years ago; excavated artifacts from the thriving ancient cities of the Hellenistic and Roman periods; a 17th-century door from the Ka'bah in Mecca, the holiest site in the religion of Islam; and possessions of King Abdulaziz, the first monarch of Saudi Arabia, from the 20th century. We invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the immensely rich and fascinating history of the Arabian Peninsula.

General Information

Period Tuesday, January 23 - Sunday, March 18, 2018
Venue Hyokeikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00
Until 21:00 on Fridays, Saturdays
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (Except for February 12) and February 13
Admission Adults: 620 (520) yen
University Students: 410 (310) yen
* ( ) indicate prices for those in groups of 20 or more.
* High/Junior High/Elementary School Students and persons under 18 and over 70: Free
Please show proof of age (driver's license, passport, etc.) when entering.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each.
* Special exhibition "Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro" (January 16, 2018 - March 11, 2018, Heiseikan) requires a separate admission fee.
Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage, NHK, The Asahi Shimbun
With the Sponsorship of Saudi Aramco
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600  (Hello Dial)