The 'Afghanistan: hidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul' website was published to accompany an exhibition of the same title, held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC from 25 May to 7 September, 2008, in association with the National Geographic Society and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. The exhibition explored the cultural significance of over 200 artefacts that were discovered in a vault under the Presidential Palace in Kabul in 2004, and which are now the property of the National Museum of Afghanistan. Drawn from four archaeological sites and "ranging in date from 2200 BC to AD 200, the objects present a rich mosaic of Afghanistan's cultural heritage." The website features an introductory video, maps with images and video clips of sculpture and jewellery, a timeline of treasures, and extensive related material from National Geographic. The timeline divides the objects by the following archaeological sites: Tepe Fullol (2200 BC-1900 BC); Balkh (600 BC-300 BC); Ai Khanum (300 BC-146 BC); Tillya Tepe (100 BC-1st century AD); and Begram (1 AD-200 AD).
This website provides information about the British Museum's collections (in World cultures), current exhibitions, recent news and education programmes (learning). The compass section features a database of 'around 5000 objects from the huge range of periods and cultures represented in the Museum'. A children's compass section is also available and includes online tours, which are specially written to cover topics from the UK National Curriculum and animations, games and puzzles, which require the use of Flash 5. The site contains brief information on the collections and links to the departments of the museum, that are mainly arranged by continent; and visitor and events information.
This website contains a selection of the free online ‘Occasional Papers’ published by the British Museum. At the time of writing, these (the result of specific research into the museum’s collections) were varied in range and included: ‘A researcher's guide to the Lachish collection in the British Museum’ covering the 17,000 objects from the 1930s British excavations at Lachish in Israel; ‘Sir Aurel Stein, proceedings of the British Museum study day’ a useful reference for the study of the “scholar, explorer, author”; ‘Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy ‘, the result of a conference accompanying the landmark 2002 exhibition of the same name; ‘Cleaning and Controversy: The Parthenon Sculptures 1811-1939’ a study of the controversial 1930s cleaning of the Elgin marbles, and the historical context of this; ‘Development and evaluation of the HSBC Money Gallery at the British Museum’ a narration the creation of a new and important gallery at the museum, and a study of its impact; ‘Access to Museum Culture: the British Museum from 1753 to 1836’ a study of the early access arrangements to the museum’s collections. Each of these PDF documents is broken down by chapter for ease of reference and speed of download.
This part of the main Louvre website is devoted to the collections of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities. It displays and describes many of the 5,000 works held at the museum, categorised in the following themes and time periods: Pharaonic civilisation; Egyptian religion; From the end of Prehistory up to the Middle Kingdom (circa 3800-circa 1550 BC); The New Kingdom (circa 1550-circa 1069 BC); The last pharaonic dynasties and the Ptolemaic epoch (circa 1069-30 BC); Roman Egypt; and Coptic Egypt. The site also includes a history of the collection, a map of Ancient Egypt and a timetable of the opening times for each element of the collection.
This is the website of the National History Museum of Romania, a complex page which reflects the holdings and the activities of this institution based in Bucharest. The section dedicated to the collections of the museum comprises subsection devoted to the historical period according to which they are organised: prehistory; lapidarium; a copy of Trajan's column; ancient history; the Middle Ages; modern and contemporary history; the treasure, where objects made of precious metals are kept in a specially protected vault; and numismatics. Images with he most interesting and valuable items in these collections are posted on the site and can be viewed in large JPEG files. Museum staff is involved in research as well, and the site introduces the various archaeological sites and research projects conducted by the museum. The section on the publications holds online versions of books and doctoral theses, as well as the journals: "Cercetări numismatice", "Cercetări arheologice" and "Muzeul Naţional". The temporary exhibitions and events are introduced on the site. This is a web page rich in information and a useful tool for anyone interested in prehistoric archaeology, medieval archaeology and Romanian history.
This is the website for the Greek National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Its collections are representative of all the cultures of classical Greece. Section "the Museum" provides information on the history of the museum and its departments, with some useful information on the library and photographic archive for researchers. Section "collections" will be the most interesting for students: it is organised as a database and selecting a period it will be possible to access the thumbnails of significant artefacts of that period in the collections of the museum. Clicking on individual thumbnails will open a page with a larger picture and a descriptive text. Several sections and features of the website are still "under construction", and navigating on the English pages at the time of review often lead to Greek pages, however, it is sufficient to click on "En" at the very bottom of each page to access the English version of that page. The navigation is simple and intuitive, and most of the artefacts described so famous and essential to anyone interested in Aegean (mostly Cycladic, Mycenaean and Cypriot) and Greek archaeology that none can be singled out here. However, the texts describing the artefacts are perhaps too basic, and therefore useful only to first year undergraduates and younger students.
This is the interesting and colourful website of the Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht, one of the largest natural history museums in the Netherlands. The website won "Best Innovative or Experimental Application" in the Museums and the Web 2002 : best of the Web awards (judged by a panel of museum professionals to recognize excellence in heritage website design). The numerous and stunning animations (requiring Flash) provide a context for the museum's collection relating to the geology, palaeontology, flora and fauna of southern Limburg and environs.