Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Iraq’s First Museum In A Decade Was Saddam Hussein's Former Palace

Travelers Today       By    Angela Ordonez

Updated: Nov 06, 2016 12:15 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

Iraq opened its very first museum in decades and has surprisingly attracted global attention. In fact, it's where the museum is located that makes it even more interesting. Iraq has transformed Saddam Hussein's faux-rococo palace in Basra into a museum, near the border in Kuwait. The Basra Museum is Saddam Hussain's former Lakeside Palace, which has been described as a mock-Rococo structure that is one of nearly 100 lavish residences the former ruler has built during his reign.

According to BBC, the museum is composed of ancient artifacts dated for more than 2,000 years. The artifacts from 400 B.C contains pottery and coins, including silver coins minted in Basra, pottery, coffins and tiles, which documented the history of the ancient civilization, as reported by Travel and Leisure.

The choice of the location was neither accidental nor a question of convenience as the President of the Basra Museum said. Museum president Qahtan al-Obaid said that he deliberately chose the location to "replace the themes of dictatorship and tyranny with civilization and humanity," he told the Associated Press.

"Iraq is historically significant for many reasons, but at the top of the list must be that it encompasses areas where some of the earliest civilizations emerged," said Seth Cantey, professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, told BBC.

Based on BBC reports, the museum is said to be the culmination of an eight-year project to convey the history of southern Iraq. It will also help revitalize cultural revival in Basra.

Guests may visit the Basra Museum's five galleries from 9am to 3pm. The museum's entrance fee is currently set at $1 (70p) for Iraqi citizens and $10 (£7) for foreign visitors. Meanwhile, guests can also visit the palace grounds for $.85 (60p), while some of the villas near the palace were available for hotel rooms, based on earlier reports made by DailyMail.co.uk.

See Now: The U.S. had the highest number of Most Wanted properties, dominating the Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards 2018

Tags
Basra Museum, Saddam Hussein, Basra, Iraq, Saddam Hussein's Former Palace
© 2023 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Most Popular

6 Tips For Traveling With Young Children

6 Tips For Traveling With Young Children

Planning for a trip takes some time, even if it's just you g

How Traveling Can Make You Happy

How Traveling Can Make You Happy

If you have never traveled before but are thinking of doing so then

Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

Scottish Islands: The Best Places to Reside!

So there are a few islands that can be found off the Sco

How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon During COVID

How to Plan a Multi-Destination Honeymoon During COVID

You need to know how to plan appropriately and

7 Tips for Amazing Campus Visits

7 Tips for Amazing Campus Visits

A campus visit's significance could not be overstated. After all, fo

4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

4 Tips For Curating The Perfect Gallery Wall

Having a gallery wall brings plenty of benefits to your

Water Travel Options That Don’t Involve a Cruise

Water Travel Options That Don’t Involve a Cruise

There is something equally relaxing and invigorati

Photo by Erik Odiin on Unsplash

Things That Will Help Cost-Conscious Vacationers Save Money

There are several ways you can significan

Photo by Mikhail Nilov from Pexels

How to Make Vet Visits Affordable in 2022

If the situation is minor, you might be lucky and get away

Photo by Tim Samuel from Pexels

Know Your Florida Driving Rules

There is so much to do in the region, but we want to focus on some of

Photo by Ging Ang from Pexels

Holidaying in your own Country: Try these Fun Trips!

Many countries are opening their borders, but if

Photo by Jessica Lewis Creative from Pexels

The Best Tech Tools for Expats

Here’s a quick look at most versatile tech tools for expats on the m

Photo by Tobi from Pexels

How to Turn a Road Trip Into A Luxury Adventure

But a road trip doesn’t have to mean living on the

Australian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need to Know

Australian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need to Know

Do you want to become a citizen of Australia

Hair transplant Istanbul: Why is it so popular?

Hair Transplant Istanbul: Why is it so Popular?

Getting a hair transplant in Istanbul is affordable i

What’s Going on with Rental Cars Right Now?

What’s Going on with Rental Cars Right Now?

They are incredibly expensive, and they’re also in sh

Role of Professional companies in International Trade

Role of Professional companies in International Trade

International trade holds great importance in a

The 5 Best Wines from Germany

The 5 Best Wines from Germany

Riesling is Germany’s best-known wine, but the country makes other fi

Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

There is nothing like the great outdoors –– nature

The Best Tote Bags To Travel With in 2022

The Best Tote Bags To Travel With in 2022

Who knew you could pack your entire life away into one litt

7 Captivating Attractions for Kids in San Diego

7 Captivating Attractions for Kids in San Diego

San Diego is a magnificent place, and it would not be

travelers today

© 2023 TRAVELERS TODAY All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics