Day Trip: Cyprus exhibit at the Smithsonian

" Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations" exhibit

What: A new exhibition featuring hundreds of artifacts from Cyprus on view for the first time in the United States. "Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations" marks the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus and showcases more than 200 artifacts that range from items from the earliest villages to medieval religious art and give an overview of the island's 11,000-year history.

Among the objects on display for the first time in the United States are gold jewelry dating to 750 to 480 B.C.; vases, bowls and sculptures from the Hellenistic (325 to 50 B.C.) and Roman periods (50 B.C. to A.D. 330); 100 coins from different eras in Cypriot history; and Byzantine bronze and copper items.

Where: Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, 10th and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington

When: Through May 1. The museum is open daily, except for Dec. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

How much: Admission is free.

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