Roads of Arabia
Archaeological Treasures from Saudi Arabia

26.01.2012 to 09.04.2012

Saudi Arabia's archaeological heritage is currently on show in Europe, in the exhibition 'Roads of Arabia'. After having already travelled to Paris, Barcelona and St. Petersburg, the exhibition is now about to go on display at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, as its only showing in Germany. The exhibition has received high-level backing and falls under the auspices of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany and the King of Saudi Arabia, Abd Allah ibn Abd al-Aziz.

The exhibition presents spectacular artefacts from prehistory and early history, as well as from ancient Saudi Arabia: finds of earliest bifaces, 6000 year-old anthropomorphic stela, monumental egyptianized colossal statues, enchanting works in glass and metal dating from Roman antiquity, as well as objects from the ceramic revolution that took place in the Islamic early period.

Chronologically arranged and presented to form an indoor archaeological landcape covering a terrain of 1300 square metres, the show makes archaeology an immediate experience and offers visitors a unique panorama of the cultural history of the Arabian Peninsula. The exhibition will see spectacular objects from the Kaaba itself and the city of Mecca go on display in Germany for the first time ever.

The exhibition has been organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, in partnership with the National Museums' own Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum for Islamic Art). German-led research projects conducted by the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute, the Zentrum Moderner Orient and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Saudi Arabia are also showcased in an exhibition room as examples of international collaborations by Berlin-based institutions. Supported by a diverse range of accompanying events on cultural heritage, the exhibition strengthens the ongoing activities into researching and preserving Saudi Arabia's Islamic and pre-Islamic cultural heritage, activities which in many cases are still in their relative infancy.

Deutsche Bahn travel pass 'Kultur Ticket Spezial'
The one-off travel pass 'Kultur Ticket Spezial', on offer from Deutsche Bahn, also applies to the exhibition. Purchasers of 'Kultur Ticket Spezial' can travel to and from Berlin to visit the 'Roads of Arabia' exhibition, for the price of €39 (2nd class) or €59 (1st class) per person. The ticket allows you to travel in comfort using all ICE/EC/IC (high-speed and regional) trains from all stations within a radius of 300 kilometres from Berlin. If you have children under 15, the ticket also allows them to travel for free with you. Please note: the ticket is only valid in conjunction with an admission ticket for the exhibition and is purchasable from all DB travel centre ticket offices and DB agencies. The 'Kultur Ticket Spezial' is not available directly via the National Museum's website.

James-Simon-Galerie, Bodestraße
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partially wheelchair accessible
Please note: Pergamonmuseum is exclusively entered through James-Simon-Galerie!
Site plan: Entrance to the Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum (PDF)

All groups meet at the information desk at the upper foyer in James-Simon-Galerie, entering by using the big stairway.
Advice for group visits to the Pergamonmuseum an the Neues Museum (PDF)

Due to a technical issue, the lift is out of service until further notice, meaning the Museum für Islamische Kunst is not currently wheelchair accessible. The major architectural exhibits – such as the Processional Way, featuring the Ishtar Gate and the Market Gate of Miletus – are still accessible to people with mobility issues. 


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