The Completion of the Cyrus Cylinder Tour of the U.S.

The Cyrus Cylinder Tour of the U.S. was concluded on December 8, 2013 after a one-week extension to the original schedule. The tour, which was organized by the British Museum in partnership with the Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF America) and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, attracted more than 300,000 visitors as it traveled to five major urban areas within the country.

The Directors

During the final days of the tour, the J. Paul Getty Museum hosted the director of the British Museum at the Getty Villa – where the Cyrus Cylinder exhibition was on display – for a lively on-stage conversation between the two museum directors. In addition to touching upon key aspects of the Persian Empire and the significance of the Cyrus Cylinder, the directors answered to questions from the audience.

The touring exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia traveled from Washington DC to Houston, then New York City, then San Francisco, and Finally Los Angeles. The exhibition will next be on display in Mumbai, India before returning to London.