From Mosul to Palmyra

A Virtual Journey through the World’s Cultural Heritage

30 August to 3 November 2019

Mosul, Aleppo, Palmyra, Leptis Magna – the names of these cities resonate as symbols of the fabled cultural heritage of ancient civilisations, but also as symbols of the wanton destruction of their vestiges by fanaticism and war. The exhibition employs state-of-the-art virtual reconstructions, spectacular animations and giant screens to bring these legendary ruined cities of the ancient Arab world back to life.

«Spectacular, striking, moving: the 3D views of the ruins of Mosul, Aleppo, Palmyra, and Leptis Magna [...] will leave you speechless.» Le Monde

It invites visitors to embark on a journey through time and space into their glorious history, to witness their destruction in the recent past and to contemplate the possibility of their future reconstruction.

The itinerary takes visitors from the ancient city of Nineveh, which today is part of Mosul (Iraq), to Aleppo (Syria), where successive Muslim empires from the Umayyads to the Ottomans left behind an extraordinary architectural treasure. Further stops are Leptis Magna (Libya), founded by the Phoenicians and once known as the ‘African Rome’, and, finally, Palmyra (Syria), the legendary Graeco-Roman ‘pearl of the Orient’.

At the end of your visit to the exhibition, you can explore six of the destroyed and currently inaccessible iconic sites of the Arab world with the help of virtual reality headsets. A spectacular experience, developed especially for this exhibition by Ubisoft, one of the major videogame developer in the world, renowned for the virtual worlds it creates. With this exhibition, the Bundeskunsthalle wants to underscore the importance of preserving this universal heritage of all humanity.

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Admission tickets

€10/ €6.50 (concessions), Family ticket €16

School groups enjoy free admission to the exhibition on Fridays (booking necessary)
Happy-Hour-Ticket: 7 € (available two hours before the museum closes; individual visitors only, all exhibitions.) Combined ticket for all exhibitions available. More information


Visitors may take photographs (without flash) in this exhibition. Share them on social media and use the official hashtags.

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Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Museumsmeile Bonn
Helmut-Kohl-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
T +49 228 9171–200

Opening hours

Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
(including public holidays even those which fall on Mondays)