For Afghanistan, Museum Loans as Cultural Diplomacy

Though the National Museum of Afghanistan is nowhere near running at full capacity and still hasn’t recovered many of the artifacts lost from its collections in the upheaval of the past decade, a touring exhibition of some of the museum’s signature works is bringing both funding and visibility to a museum and an issue badly in need of both. Currently on display at the British Museum through July 3, the touring artifacts included in the Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World exhibition have brought in over $2.25 million in revenue to the National Museum of Afghanistan.