The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities is gearing up for an exhibition in the United States showcasing the Kingdom’s ancient and modern history, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
“Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces through the Ages” will be hosted from the 15th of November at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, Saudi-based Arab News said.
The Sackler Museum in the Smithsonian Institute is one of five museums in the United States that are scheduled to host the exhibition over a period of two years.
Relics will travel to the United States from a museum in Berlin, where they are currently on display.
The exhibition is set to feature over 320 rare archaeological objects covering Saudi Arabia’s Paleolithic period (one million BC) until the foundation of the modern country in 1932.
The exhibition will also highlight ancient Arabian trade routes and their impact on cultural exchange and human communication over history.
The number of relics and the variety of artifacts on display constitute an unprecedented move by the Kingdom. It is the first time that such large exhibition has taken place abroad.
The exhibitions in Europe achieved great success when more than 1,200,000 visitors came to see the Saudi artifacts.