The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage

March 1, 2015

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) is a state-of-the-art educational facility in Erbil, where international experts are training Iraq’s museum and heritage professionals in the preservation of their national treasures. The IICAH offers a two-year program in objects conservation and collections care, and additional curricula in architectural and site conservation, archaeological site preservation, and first aid for cultural heritage in crisis. Since 2009 more than 500 Iraqi professional men and women from all of Iraq’s social, religious, and ethnic communities have attended courses or workshops at the IICAH. First established under the Iraq Cultural Heritage Project (ICHP), the Institute is now managed by an Iraqi board of directors, and supported by a U.S.-Iraqi advisory council. The Cultural Heritage Center of the U.S. State Department’s Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau and U.S. Embassy Baghdad have continued to be actively involved in implementing the Institute's educational programs.

In addition to the initial ICHP grant, since 2009, the State Department has contributed $3.3 million in funding to support preservation training programs at the IICAH, and a range of non-U.S. government sources have contributed an additional $3.5 million.

IICAH Partners: 

  • Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage
  • Kurdistan Regional Government
  • U.S. Department of State (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Heritage Center, and U.S. Embassy Baghdad)
  • University of Delaware (Art Conservation Department, and Institute of Global Studies)
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Winterthur Museum
  • Walters Art Museum
  • Getty Conservation Institute
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Pennsylvania


Learn more about the U.S. Department of State's Cultural Heritage Center.