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 itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Very nice Museum to visit alone or with family. More than a thousand objects are exposed, some of them dating back to prehistoric times. In addition the basement contains the largest collection of anthropoid sarcophagi in the world beautifully arranged in a room recently opened to the public. An application on smartphones and tablets to explain very clearly the history of parts main Museum as the sarcophagus of Ahiram on which you can admire the most ancient Phoenician letter inscriptions which are reached. Visit not to be missed under any circumstances!
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  • August 16, 2017
    Nice and not chaotic provides a rough picture of the country's ancient history. Would recommend the souvenir shop. Replicas and jewelry plus the usual museum souvenirs.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Has some great historical pieces - my only issue with it was the lack of information / content explaining the history behind the items featured.  more »
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  • April 28, 2017
    The National Museum is an iconic landmark building at the heart of Beirut city. Lebanon and Beirut have a rich history stretching all the way to the stone age and artifacts from various periods are on display at the museum. The museum, by any means, is small and can be toured in one hour or so. Though I like it, I feel Lebanon needs a bigger museum that highlights its culture through the ages.
  • April 18, 2017
    Amazing experience of visiting the rich national museum. The exhibits artifacts and vintage stuff take you back in time. The place will roughly need you to spend around 2hours there touring the basement, ground floor and 1st floor. Everything is well exhibited in place.
  • June 22, 2017
    Very interesting and educational. The sarcophagi are very impressive, especially the ones on the underground floor.
  • July 7, 2017
    Le Petit Louvre! Brilliant! I was shocked how empty it was.
  • June 20, 2017
    This place stole my heart... AND I'M NOT A MUSEUM GUY... A must-visit place; plus, it's free for school and university students... Some thing go back to more than 30 centuries!!

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