Iraq’s National Museum reopened Monday to visitors after being closed for three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest.
The museum features artifacts dating back 2,500 years to the neo-Assyrian empire alongside 9th century Islamic antiquities.
Among the items back on display are two winged bulls from the Nimrud site in the palace of Assurnasirpal II.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi said Sunday the museum, founded in 1923 to display five millennia of history in Mesopotamia or modern-day Iraq, has undergone extensive renovation.
The museum has stood at its present site since 1966.
It was ransacked amid the chaos following the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.