Duhok Cultural Museum, Home of Folklore
seum than lost or taken abroad" he remarked.
The museum’s collections cover a range of folkloric areas including clothes, farming equipment, domestic equipment, weapons, women’s clothes and accessories, children’s clothes, herbs, photographs, sound recordings and photographs of musicians and travelling singers. All in all, the Museum holds more than 2500 antiques and artefacts along with 850 cassettes of songs classified according to the singer with a brief biography and a photograph if available. Rajab says they have collected all the cassettes in every area and recorded them for posterity. He hopes a separate department will open soon within the museum for these recordings, which will be able to make copies available to the public. "This department will serve as a good source for students who want to research folklore songs or singers in the future."
The museum is now preparing to showcase more than 380 kinds of Kurdish herbal medicines and dried foods; the exhibition is to be held in early September. The official exhibition will last for three days, but the herbs and dried foods will be available in the museum from then on.
The Museum is visited by are people from Duhok and other cities of Kurdistan, although nonIraqis also visit who have heard about it. During March every year, school children of all ages pay visits to the museum. The museum is open from 9 am to 6.30 pm every day except Friday and Saturday.
A side of the museum where antiques and artefacts of various types are showcased.