Temporary ARCHAEOLOGY Exhibitions

Around the World in 2017

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 2017, that have an archaeological theme or focus.

Currently 36 Exhibitions are listed, for 30 Venues in 12 countries

Last update: 11 February 2017

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.
See previous lists: 2012/3 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 |

Listing temporary exhibitions around the World produces a long list, click on the country name to jump to the exhibitions there.

Australia | Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | Canada | China | Croatia | England | France | Germany | Greece | Israel | Italy | Ireland | Japan | Mexico | The Netherlands | New Zealand | Norway | Portugal | Scotland | Spain | Switzerland | Turkey | United States of America |


National Museum of Australia (Canberra), A History of the World in 100 Objects, an exhibition that attempts to tell humanity’s diverse stories with 100 objects from around the World. The premise of the exhibition may be questionable, the artefacts are not. ends 29 January 2017

Hellenic Museum (Melbourne), Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia, a collection of treasures from the Benaki Museum spanning 8,000 years of Greek history. closes 10 October 2019

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

Museum of Sydney (Sydney), Demolished Sydney, looking at 13 important historical sites in the city, this exhibition to examine the forces that shaped Sydney’s skyline. 19 November 2016 – 17 April 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

Australian National Maritime Museum (Sydney), Escape from Pompeii, using the latest in 3D and multimedia technologies, this exhibition looks at the eruption of Vesuvius and its impact on Pompeii through the lens of the Roman Navy. 31 March – 21 August 2017



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





National Institute of Archaeology with Museum (Sofia), Bulgarian Archaeology 2016, Following the success of previous exhibitions, the annual temporary exhibition of archaeological discoveries in Bulgaria returns for its 11th season. Artefacts from 18 sites covering 40,000 years of history from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages will be on display in Sofia and 13 regional museum. 15 February – 19 March 2017

National Institute of Archaeology with Museum (Sofia), The Golden Treasure of Nagyszentmiklós, one of the most important early Medieval treasures from south eastern Europe will be on display in the Vault. 6 April – 30 June 2017



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







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

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

Museum of London, Docklands, Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail, artefacts recovered from excavations during the construction of Crossrail covering 8,000 years of history in London. 10 February – 3 September 2017



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



Pergamonmuseum, Museuminsel (Berlin), The Heritage of the Old Kings: Ctesiphon and the Persian Sources of Islamic Art, this exhibition explores the ancient Persian impact on the development of Islamic art. 15 November 2016 – 2 April 2017

Archaeological Museum (Frankfurt), Odin, Thor and Freyja, this exhibition presents the latest research from recent excavations in Denmark on these three important pagan gods of the north. 11 February – 6 June 2017



Museum of Cycladic Art (Athens), Cycladic Society 5,000 Years Ago, to celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary this exhibition brings together 191 objects from the Cyclades and museums around Greece. closes end March 2017

Acropolis Museum (Greece), Portrait of Emperor Hadrian at the Acropolis Museum, an exhibition to honour the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian becoming Emperor of the Roman Empire. 15 January – 31 March 2017









National Museum of Nature and Science (Tokyo), Lascaux III touring Exhibition. 1 November 2016 – 19 January 2017
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Kyushu National Museum (Fukuoka), Lascaux III Touring Exposition. 2 July – 31 September 2017
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The Netherlands

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), 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








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

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

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. 4 March 2016 – 8 January 2017

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 2016 – 8 January 2017

Asia Society Museum (New York), Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection, a selection of some of the finest pieces in the Society’s collections to showcase the breadth and depth of creative traditions across the Asian continent. 20 December 2016 – 7 January 2018

Asia Society Museum (New York), Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia, the contents of a shipwreck discovered off Belitung Island in the Java Sea are exhibited for the first time in the US. 7 March – 4 June 2017

Asia Society Museum (New York), Art of the Tang Dynasty (618–906): Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection, a selection of artefacts on display alongside the Tang shipwreck exhibition to showcase the exquisite artistry of Tang Dynasty China. 7 March – 4 June 2017

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Art and Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance, this exhibition explores the change in attitudes towards healing that took place from ancient and Medieval times to the Renaissance. 10 February – 30 April 2017

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Excavating Archaeology at the University of Michigan, 1817‐2017, the history of archaeology and museums at the University of Michigan. 18 October 2017 – 21 January 2018