Past Exhibitions


Past Exhibitions

Since its reopening in 1991, the Bowers Museum has hosted more than 80 exhibitions such as Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur, Secret World of the Forbidden City, The World of the Etruscans, Tibet: Treasures from the Roof of the World, Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor, Art of the Samurai: Selections from the Tokyo National Museum, Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia, and Gods and Gifts: Treasures from the Vatican Ethnographic Museum.

Rare etchings by Dutch master Rembrandt Van Rijn, considered the greatest practitioner of the etching technique in the history of art, focus on the beggar as subject.

Rembrandt Van Rijn made between 1629 and 1654, this exhibition focuses on a subject the artist frequented his in his formative years: the beggar.

Art of the Samurai: Selections from the Tokyo National Museum features 81 objects from the Tokyo National Museum, representing the art and aesthetics of the Samurai culture of Japan.

This important collection of exquisite textiles and silver jewelry on loan to and from the Bowers Museum's permanent collection highlights the beauty and wealth of the Miao peoples of southwest China.

Spanning 30 years of work documenting tradition and ritual practices across the African Continent, these vivid images underline the wealth of African culture.

Approximately 30 quilts from the Bowers Museum collection will be on exhibit, many for the first time, in the first exhibition focused on this important collection of American quilts dating from the 18th -20th centuries.

Considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century, the tomb complex of China's First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, features thousands of terra cotta warriors that were intended to protect him throughout eternity.

GEMS! Colors of Light and Stone illustrates the scientific and artistic aspects of gemstones from one of the most important private gem collections in the United States - the Michael Scott Collection.