The Syriac Heritage Museum, also known as the Ankawa Museum, is located in the Christian suburb of Ankawa -- an area in the northern part of Erbil near the Erbil International Airport.
Opened in 2011, the Syriac Heritage Museum is one of Iraq's newest institutions. With modern climate-controlled facilities, the museum consists of three galleries. The first hall showcases clothing, textiles, utilitarian items, and various handmade tools from the region. Photographs and historical records of Syriac culture and influential leaders are displayed in the second gallery, in addition to many copies of ancient Syriac books and manuscripts. The third hall is primarily used to host special exhibitions and/or events.[i]
The creation of the Syriac Heritage Museum has been an important step in reconciling the Kurdistan Region of Iraq's various ethnicities and religions. This Syriac museum is the first of its type in the world, showcasing the deep history of the Assyrian Chaldean culture and civilization.[ii]
[i] Muwafaq al-Hamawendi. "Syriac Heritage Museum Opens in Erbil." 2011-04-16. Al-Shorfa. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
[ii] Muwafaq al-Hamawendi. "Syriac Heritage Museum Opens in Erbil." 2011-04-16. Al-Shorfa. Retrieved 2014-07-12.