Here are some outstanding museums that were open when I was in Baghdad:
Museum of Iraqi Art ;
Popular Costume and Folklore ;
Museum of National History;
College of Arts Museum;
National Museum of Modern Art;
Museum of Iraqi Art Pioneers
Zawra Park in Karkh, the western half of the city, is another attractive destination in Baghdad. It’s located in Damascus Street.
You can find lots of amusements here:
children games, a zoo, exhibitions, a tourist’s map, an open-air theater, fountains, sculptures, lakes, coffee-shops, restaurants, sandwich kiosks, the Zawra Olympic Pool, the Zawra Tower ( a 54-meter tower with an Islamic dome with a round veranda under the dome that serves as an observation platform and yields a magnificent view of Baghdad).
On the top of the tower there is a level with a cafeteria and a level with a restaurant; the tower has an elevator.
I remember approaching one of the numerous mosques in the capital and walking around it.
There are several old mosques in Baghdad known for their domes and minarets, magnificent arabesques, glazed-tile walls and superb calligraphy characteristic of the Islamic architecture.
Observing the interior of the mosque you can feel the air of the Islamic world and be proud of the honor. I myself have never dared to enter a mosque: was too young and inexperienced and prefered to stay away from any trouble.
There are very few Saddam portraits or murals left. These vainglorious images have been erased or defaced by the local populace as well as the Coalition Forces.
This one was obviously smacked up by a Texan! I never have liked taggers but in this case it is warranted.
Don't miss the opportunity of visiting the ancient city of Ur that has a magnificent three-level ziggurat (temple) built about four thousand years ago.
The whole structure is over 17 m high.
It used to be a sacred area.
To the east of the temple there is a huge pit. It was a vast cemetery dating back to 4,500 years ago. It contained hundreds of graves that were excavated and yielded lots of rare objects found in many museums now.
Visiting Al-Tahrir Square is a must in the Iraqi capital.
This square is the center of the modern part of the city. Four main streets are connected to that square: Al-Joumhouriya Street
(Republic Street), Haaroun Al-Rashid Street, Saadoun StreetAbu-Nawas Street
(the kilometers-long Tigris embankment).
I remember visiting another city square:
This is where you can see another monument called the Eagles Monument.
As our guide explained, it was dedicated to the present generation of people striving for the fulfillment of the aspirations of the Arab Revolution.
Baghdad boasts of many well-preserved monuments of medieval architecture and buildings, among them mosques.
This is Al-Imam Al-Adham Mosque in Adhamia. It stands around one of the Islamic shrines.
Visiting the place named Qurna in the south of Iraq you will hear a legend saying that Qurna is the place where the Garden of Eden was located.
There is an old tree still called Adam's Tree.
There is/was a modern holiday home there.
Located in Ali Baba Square, made by Mohammad Ghani the monument depicts the shrewd Murjana, Ali Baba's housekeeper (Kahramana), and the forty thieves.
The shrewd Murjana was called Kahramana by the people. In one of the Arabian Nights stories she alone fought the forty robbers hiding in forty big jars by pouring boiling oil on their heads one by one.
Walking along this street you will see this monument called the Unknown Soldiers Monument.
It's one of the oldest monuments in the city dedicated in 1959 soon after the July Revolution of 1958.
The monument became the memorial of those who fell in defense of the country's dignity and pride.
Traveling north of Baghdad you can visit the Spiral Minaret of the Great Mosque in Samarra.
This dominating magnificent structure is very impressive.
The minaret is called Malwiya ("Spiral").
It rises to a height of 52 meters.
You can climb the stairs together with your hosts and enjoy the wonderful view.
Visiting Al-Tahrir Square you will have no difficulty in taking a taxi for you will recognize it by its colors: red-white-red Soviet-made "Volga"s - at least when I was there...
There is Saadun Monument at the place where Saadun Street connects with that square.
Abdel Mohsen AsSaadoun was a great Iraqi national poet who fought against the British occupation with all his means.
They say the monument was built with people's donations in the fifties, which was quite special at that time.
If you have the time, security, and opportunity, I would recommend a road trip to Babylon (near the city of Hilla)... I made a trip down there in October 2003 and saw Saddam's big palace, the rebuilt ruins of the city of Babylon, and generally took in the scenery. Definitely the prettiest place I've ever been in Iraq.
The museum is located in Kifah Street, near Sab 'awi ( Tayaran) Square.
It is a complex of four galleries, the largest of which is devoted to Iraqi modern art with a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures and ceramics that is constantly being expanded.
Here the visitor can follow up the history of the Iraqi modern art movement from its earliest beginnings to the present.
The other three galleries hold a large number of collective and one-man shows all the year round.