National Museum of Beirut, Beirut

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National Museum of Beirut survived the area's frequent conflict and adversity, preserving a diverse collection of archaeological objects. Opened in 1942, the museum exhibits roughly 1,300 artifacts excavated from the country's earliest prehistoric settlements and sites dating back to the more recent Mamluk dynasty. Roam across two floors of displays, stopping on the hour at the audiovisual room for a short film depicting the collection's preservation during the war years. Exhibits are displayed in English. Work out when and for how long to visit National Museum of Beirut and other Beirut attractions using our handy Beirut route builder site .
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  • Its a nice place to visit if you are into historical and ancient mosaics, and sarcophagus, they play a documentary every hour which explains the war of Lebanon. the basement was the highlight of my vi...  more »
  • This museum is spacious. There are beautiful objects to see, clearly indicating where they are found and from what year they are tribes.
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  • History and culture present in his works, pieces and especially in the reconstructed walls after the war.
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  • It's definitely not a large place for a country with such a rich history, but it's perfect for a few hours. The building itself is beautiful, not to mention everything exhibited. The staff are also welcoming and helpful, definitely worth visiting!
  • Very nice cool and calm museum. Not a huge number of artifacts, but enough to keep you occupied for a leisurely stroll round. My advice would be to visit the sites (Baalbek, Byblos) first and then come to the museum after - that way you will know the context of what you are looking at in the museum.
  • One of the best museums I have seen. Not only is it inexpensive, it also hosts a huge amount of historical treasures from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, the Egyptian dominates period, Phoenician period, Alexander/Hellenistic period, Roman period and subsequent Arab period. Such a wealth of information too! Highly recommended.
  • A must see... no excuse! Entirely renovated and exquisite pieces on display. The anthropoid sarcophagi are just out of this world!
  • A grand museum of discovery. The heroic deeds carried out to save and restore the museum and it's contents is a Hollywood thriller waiting to be made. The collection is downright jaw dropping. There are not just pieces from different eras but penultimate examples. The basement is a little tricky to find....The entrance is below the main grand stairwell and what a collection awaits you there, including the Phonecian script and the sarcophagi. The stunning Tyre tomb art is a lesson in mythology. Not a single piece is to be missed. Watch the film at the beginning and restore your hope in man kind. There was no charge the day I was there. The feeling was priceless.
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