Besides the permanent exhibitions (some more permanent than others), many archaeological museums and galleries have a regular programme of temporary exhibitions. Once a group of objects is curated into a special exhibition and travel arrangements are made, it is often the case that this group of artefacts will travel to more than one destination.

The following is a list of these temporary exhibitions for 2016, that have an archaeological theme or focus.

66 Exhibitions are listed, for 57 Venues in 18 countries

Last update: 10 December 2016

If you know of an exhibition not already listed, or are staff at a museum and would like your exhibition listed on this page and featured elsewhere on the website, please do get in touch, or add a comment below.
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Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney (Sydney), The Sea and the Sky: ancient Cypriot art the Nicholson Museum has an impressive collection of artefacts from Cyprus, this exhibition explores how the elements of sky and sea have influenced this ancient artistic tradition. Opens February 2016

Western Australian Museum (Perth), Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures, a recreation of the tomb with replicas of the gravegooods. 29 September 2016 – 29 January 2017

Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney), Egyptian Mummies, Exploring Ancient Lives, six ancient Egyptian mummies, from 1,800 to 3,000 years ago, are displayed with 3D CT scan visualisations to show the techniques of mummification and provide insights to the lives of the people represented. 10 December 2016 – 25 April 2017



Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna), Coinage and Power in Ancient Israel, with ancient coins from the University of Vienna and the Israel Museum this exhibition explores the dramatic political changes that took place in Near East from the 4th century BC to the time of Hadrian in the 2nd century AD. 24 February 2015 – 1 May 2016

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Wien), The Emperor’s Gold, highest-carat gold pieces from the imperial coin collection of Charles VI and Francis I. 24 May 2016 – 25 March 2017



Cinquantenaire Museum (Brussels), Djehutihotep: 100 years of excavations in Egypt, this exhibition compares the excavation techniques carried out by different teams of archaeologists over the last 100 years at the exquisitely decorated tomb of governor Djehutihotep. 6 November 2015 – 20 April 2016

Cinquantenaire Museum (Brussels), Sarcophagi: Under the stars of Nut, with many objects that have never before been put on public display this exhibition allows visitors to witness the restoration of ten sarcophagi and ‘mummy planks’ from Deir el-Bahari, in so doing this reveals the funerary rituals of the ancient Egyptians. 10 October 2015 – 20 April 2016





Museum of Civilisation (Québec), Egyptian Magic over 250 artefacts from Leiden and the Louvre, including amulets, scarabs and magical figurines, explore the role of magic in ancient Egypt. 27 May 2015 – 10 April 2016

Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano over 200 artefacts reveal the public and private lives of citizens of Pompeii hours before the eruption. 13 June 2015 – 3 January 2016

Canadian Museum of History (Québec), We Call them Vikings this exhibition features 500 artefacts from The Swedish History Museum. 3 December 2015 – 17 April 2016

Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History (Montréal), Agatha Christie and Archaeology an original and unique exhibition about the famous British novelist and her life in archaeology. 8 December 2015 to 17 April 2016

Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History (Montréal), Fragments of Humanity. Archaeology in Québec with over 200 artefacts, many of which have never been seen in public before this exhibition explores 120 years of Québec and 50 years of archaeological research in that city. 16 February 2016 – 8 January 2017





Archaeological Museum (Zagreb), AQUAE IASAE- New discoveries from the Roman period at Varazdin Toplice, numerous sculptures are juxtaposed with visual reconstructions of the buildings they once adorned. 11 December 2015 – 23 April 2016



National Maritime Museum Cornwall (Falmouth), Viking Voyagers, with artefacts from major international collections this exhibition explores some of he myths behind the image of the bloodthirsty Viking and what made them such a success on the seas. 20 March 2015 – 22 February 2017

Manchester Museum (Manchester), Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed, a presentation of representations of animals, whether in the form of pictures, statuettes or mummies, and how these were used as gifts for the gods. A highlight of the exhibition is the recreation of an animal catacombs. 8 October 2015 – 17 April 2016

Two Temple Place (London), Beyond Beauty: transforming the body in ancient Egypt, is an exhibition of some of the more spectacular ancient Egyptian objects from seven regional museums around the United Kingdom. 30 January – 24 April 2016

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (Shrewsbury), Valhalla – Life and Death in Viking Britain, spectacular finds and new archaeological research shed light on Viking Age Britain. 8 February – 5 June 2016

Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt, going beyond the ancient Egyptian mummy, this exhibition explores how and why the coffin itself developed over 4000 years. 23 February – 22 May 2016

Great North Museum – Hancock (Newcastle), Humans in Ancient Britain, a micro-exhibition of some of the oldest human remains found in Britain – some as old as 400,000 years. 24 February – 7 April 2016

Salisbury Museum (Salisbury), Writing for Eternity: Decoding Ancient Egypt, showing hieroglyphs and cursive writing on a wide range of artefacts this exhibition explores 4000 years of writing in ancient Egypt. 21 May – 3 September 2016

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (Oxford), Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas, an exhibition of the history of Sicily as told by the artefacts recovered from the seabed surrounding the island. 21 June – 25 September 2016

Museum of London (London), Fire! Fire!, and interactive exhibition to mark the 350th anniversary of the fire. 23 July 2016 – 17 April 2017

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (Bristol), Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard, a collection of ornaments from the largest Anglo-Saxon hoard ever found (2009) that show there is more to the Anglo-Saxon sword than a weapon. 22 October 2016 – 23 April 2017

World Museum (Liverpool), Animal Mummies Revealed, the first exhibition in the United Kingdom that looks at animal mummies from ancient Egypt. 14 October 2016 – 26 February 2017

Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural, with over 100 objects from Morocco to China this is the first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in Islamic art. 20 October 2016 – 15 January 2017

Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), King Alfred’s Coins: Viking Treasure, an exhibition to support the fundraising appeal for the Watlington Hoard of over 200 Anglo-Saxon coins. 1 November 2016 – 31 January 2017

Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), The Legacy of Alexander the Great, ALexander ewas one of the first to produce truly international currencies. 15 November 2016 – 23 April 2017



Notre Dame Archaeological Crypt (Paris) Paris Disappeared – Paris Restored – an exhibition in the Crypt of the Notre Dame Cathedral covering the history of Paris. 13 December 2012 – 22 May 2016

Musée d’Archéologie Nationale (Saint-Germain-en-Laye), Le futur du passé, images de la restauration du château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, photographs and historical records document the various restoration projects of the château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. 19 September 2015 – 17 January 2016

Musée du Vexin français (Théméricourt), Foss’Île de France, organised by the Fédération Archéologie en Val de Seine, this exhibition with a great play on words in the title showcases the way in which for some 30,000 years the inhabitants of the Seine Valley (broadly the Île de France region) have been using fossil shells as jewellery. 16 January – 3 July 2016

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (Paris), What’s New in the Middle Ages, exhibiting results of recent excavations, this exhibition challenges the popular misconceptions of the Middle Ages. 11 October 2016 – 6 August 2017

Musée du Louvre-Lens (Lens), History Begins in Mesopotamia, major artworks from the region that is now Iraq of the 3rd to the 1st millennium BC. 2 November 2016 – 23 January 2017



Archäologische Museum Hamburg (Hamburg), Mythos Hammaburg: archaeological discoveries from the beginning of Hamburg, an exhibition that brings together traditional historical sources with archaeological research on this great Hanseatic city. 31 October 2014 – 10 April 2016

Römisch-Germanisches Museum (Cologne), Agrippina: Empress from Cologne, Agrippina the Younger became one of the more powerful women in the Julio-Claudian dynasty – with objects on loan from other countries this small but important exhibition commemorates the 2000th anniversary of the Empress’s birth in Cologne. 26 November 2015 – 29 March 2016

Rheinisches Landesmuseum (Trier), Nero: Caesar, Artist and Tyrant, an exhibition that explores the many facets of this emperor’s life and the consequences of his reign. 14 May – 16 October 2016





Cork Public Museum, Fitzgeralds Park (Cork), Prehistoric Rock Art, photographs and drawings of rock art in Cork, as well as paintings inspired by prehistoric art. 31 October 2015 – February 2016
Review of the opening |



The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Hadrian: An Emperor Cast in Bronze, the bronze portraits of the Emperor Hadrian can be together for the first time. 22 December 2015 – 30 June 2016

The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Pharaoh in Canaan: The Untold Story, with over 680 artefacts this exhibition explores the links between Egypt and Canaan during the second millennium BCE. 4 March – 25 October 2016



South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (Bozen), Frozen Stories – Discoveries in the Alpine glaciers, explore the varied archaeological finds that have been made in the glaciers over the last decade or so. 25 February 2014 – 10 January 2016

Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna (Bologna), Egypt: Millennial Glory, with over 600 objects from Leiden and other museums in Italy, this exhibition showcases the splendour of ancient Egypt from the Predynastic Period to the Roman era – covering an area of 1700 square metres. 16 October 2015 – 17 July 2016



The National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo), The Golden Legend, 50 artefacts from ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and Etruria give an impression of gold jewellery in the Classical world. 16 October 2015 – 11 January 2016
Also on at:
The Miyagi Museum of Art (Sendai), 22 January – 6 March 2016
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (Nagoya) 1 April – 29 May 2016

Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo), The Great Terracotta Army of China’s First Emperor, a selection of artefacts and terracotta figures, including a bronze chariot, from Qin shihuang’s mausoleum complex. 27 October 2015 – 23 February 2016
Also at in Japan:
Kyushu National Museum (Dazaifu), 15 March – 12 June 2016

Kyushu National Museum (Dazaifu), Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul, 231 ancient artworks ranging from circa 2200 BC to the 2nd century AD from the National Museum of Afghanistan showcase the spectacular material culture from four archaeological sites in Afghanistan. 1 January – 14 February 2016
Also at in Japan:
Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo), 12 April – 19 June 2016

National Museum of Nature and Science (Tokyo), Lascaux III touring Exhibition. 1 November 2016 – 19 January 2017




The Netherlands

Dutch National Museum of Antiquities – Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Leiden), Egypt, Land of Immortality 150 objects all from the museum’s collection (some of which have never been displayed before) tell the story of how ancient Egyptians prepared for the afterlife. 15 April 2016 – 4 September 2016

Dutch National Museum of Antiquities – Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Leiden), Unsheathing History swords from around the World, from prehistory to the twentieth century have been brought together with the spectacular collection of swords in the Rijksmuseum to tell the history of one of the best known weapons in history. 15 April 2016 – 4 September 2016

Dutch National Museum of Antiquities – Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Leiden), The Roman coast this exhibition focuses on life along the Dutch coast during the Roman period. 15 April 2016 – 4 September 2016

Dordrechts Museum (Dordrecht), The World’s Oldest Gold – Treasures from Varna, the Neolithic gold artefacts found in the 1970s in Bulgaria. 28 October 2016 – 28 April 2017


New Zealand







National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh), Celts, this is the first major exhibition in the United Kingdom on the subject of the Celts in over 40 years. 10 March – 25 September 2016

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh), Stone Age Jade from the Alps, the story of how Neolithic axeheads from the North Italian Alps ended up in the Scottish Highlands 6,000 years ago. 20 May 2016 – 15 Jan 2017


South Korea

Gwangmyeong Cave (Gwangmyeong City), Lascaux 3, the touring international exposition. 4 April – 4 September 2016





Palexpo (Geneva), Lascaux 3, the touring international exposition. 1 October 2015 – 17 January 2016

Laténium Archaeological Park and Museum (Neuchâtel), Behind the Great Wall: China and Mongolia during the time of the first emperors, with a diversity of funerary artefacts this exhibition tells the story of the rivalry between the nomadic Mongols and sedentary Chinese, which resulted in the building of the Great Wall of China. 23 October 2015 – 29 May 2016




United States of America

Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Gold and Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia, on display is the Museum’s collection of jewellery that dates to between 1700 BC to 300 AD acquired during excavations in the early 20th century. 19 July 2014 – 14 May 2017

The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago (Chicago), Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins, a series of 24 photographic portraits use ancient artefacts in the museum’s collection to documents relationships between past and the present by way of the work people do. 28 August 2014 – 24 April 2016

American Indian Museum Heye Center, Smithsonian Institution (New York), Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed, a bilingual exhibition that with 150 objects explores the ancestral heritage of Central America from 1000 BC to the recent past. Seven cultural areas are included in the exhibition, they are: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. 18 April 2015 – January 2017

The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago (Chicago), A Threatened Heritage, a series of graphic information panels are interspersed throughout the Mesopotamia (Iraq and Syria), the Southern Levant, Egypt, and Nubia galleries of the museum documenting the threat to the archaeology of these areas. 21 May 2015 – ongoing

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, a major international exhibition of over 230 objects that looks at the artistic, cultural and religious developments following the unification of upper and lower Egypt. 12 October 2015 – 24 January 2016

The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago (Chicago), Persepolis: Images of an Empire, a photographic exhibition of images from the 1930s documenting the Oriental Institute’s Persian Expedition in Iran. 13 October 2015 – 11 September 2016

Field Museum (Chicago), The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, over 500 objects, many of which have never been seen outside of Greece before, will chart 5,000 years of ancient Greece. 25 November 2015 – 10 April 2016

National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World, the first major international exhibition of Hellenistic bronze sculptures. 6 December 2015 – 26 March 2016

Freer|Sackler, the Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art (Washington D.C.), Body of Devotion: the Cosmic Buddha in 3D, a life-size limestone sixth-century Chinese sculpture of a Buddha and its cosmic robe can be seen in real life and in digital form. 30 January – December 2016

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii, 200 objects on loan from Italy demonstrate the lavish lifestyles of the rich and powerful at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius. 5 February – 15 May 2016

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Art (Miami), Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel, one of the finest Roman mosaics travels the World before going on permanent display in Israel. 10 February – 15 May 2016
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Review of Predators & Prey: the Lod Mosaic at Waddesdon Manor.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.), Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld’s Discovery of Pasargadae, an exhibition of Herzfield’s archives relation to his excavation of Pasargadae between 1923 and 1928. Pasargadae is an important archaeological site in Iran as it was the last resting place of Cyrus the Great and the first capital of the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire (circa 540 BC). 13 February – 31 July 2016

The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, Ohio), Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt, from exquisite jewellery to monumental sculpture, the objects included in this exhibition not only show the regal image of the pharaoh but also the politics of some 3,000 years of ancient history in Egypt. 13 March – 12 June 2016

Field Museum (Chicago), China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors, showcases some of the larger-than-life soldiers, archers and infantrymen once tasked to guard Qin Shihuangdi’s tomb for eternity. The Field Museum is the only venue in the USA where you will be able to see the Terracotta Warriors in 2016. 4 March 2016 – 8 January 2017

The Getty Villa (Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles), Roman Mosaics across the Empire, a collection of Roman mosaics mostly from the Getty’s collection explores the artistry of the mosaic floor around the Roman Empire. 30 March – 12 September 2016

The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago (Chicago), Don’t Take My Stuff. Tell My Story, with their 2 dimensional art, K-12 students and adults respond to the looting and destruction of archaeological sites and the history yet to be unearthed. 1 May – 1 November 2016

National Geographic Museum (Washington, DC), The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, 522 objects of great archaeological, historical and artistic significance, some of which have never been on display outside of Greece before, tell the story of 5,000 years of Greece’s past. 26 May 2016 – 9 October 2016

Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati), Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt, with 80 representations of felines from the Brooklyn Museum’s Egyptian collection this exhibition explores the role of cats, lions and other felines in ancient Egyptian kingship, mythology and everyday life. 18 June – 11 September 2016

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Less Than Perfect, explores the stories behind the significance of ancient artefacts that were considered ‘imperfect’. 26 August – 8 January 2017