It’s Friday, January 9, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!
The Virtual Museum of Iraq
Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)
This website, the achievement of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian National Research Council, allows visitors to virtually explore artifacts from the National Museum of Iraq, in Baghdad. Although the real Baghdad Museum has fallen victim to the wages of war, efforts are being made to reorganize the museum.
When first arriving at the website, there is a brief introduction video then visitors can select from the eight chronologically arranged Halls to visit:
- Akkadian and Neo-Sumerian
- Achaemenid and Seleucid
- Parthian and Sasanian
Once you have made your selection, explore the exhibits by clicking on an artifact. You are then able to choose either “Description” or “Explore” to learn more about the item through texts and images, some of which are interactive and use Quicktime to enable you to rotate and zoom into the image for closer examination. Some exhibits also include informative videos for a deeper understanding of the relic and the time period.
Each hall includes a map that when selected allows visitors to learn more about the region or to explore the timeline.
With more than 70 artifacts to examine, over a hundred images to view, and many videos to watch, this website will provide visitors with an interesting insight into the “archaeological, historical and artistic heritage” of Iraq.