An Italian team has put the Baghdad National Museum online. This is the same museum that was looted in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein. A number of its artifacts have since been found or returned. The Virtual Museum lets you explore many of its major finds on your computer screen. The site uses images, text descriptions and video. The format is both visually appealing and informative.
This museum is the home of many of the world’s oldest artifacts. Bible students can explore artifacts from throughout biblical history, with many dating back to Genesis. Since Baghdad is not yet accessible to the average tourist, you can visit the museum from your chair.
HT: Todd Bolen at the BiblePlaces Blog
For those interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a virtual reconstruction of Qumran is available online. There are computer-generated images and videos of the reconstructed site and its Dead Sea environment, plus a bibliography of reference materials for the serious student.
HT: Ferrell Jenkins at Ferrell’s Travel Blog