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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  • It liked it because it shows lots of information and it gives the history it Has a cinema to show how the museum was built but you are not allowed to Take any pictures of the nice looking things and h...  more »
  • fantastic museum if you like nerding out on Ancient phoenician, roman, greek history this is your place! there are some amazing pieces from all over Lebanon. the main piece is definately the sarcophag...  more »
  • I had the pleasure to visit the museum And I was lucky to find a guide that she speaks fluent 3 languages like me she was a journalist also. I had the tour with her inside the museum where we started ...  more »
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  • Beautiful museum wonderfully preserved pieces that witnessed unique historical periods. It even has a the mark of the recent Lebanese war with a hole in one of its most magnificent mosaics. Museum gift shop has exclusive items from talented Lebanese designers.
  • Surprising gem with a great collection surpassing most international museums in the quality, preservation and intricacy of the pieces. Some of the prettiest sarcophagi and rarest mummies. So lucky to finally visit it! A must see for any visitor to the country and locals alike.
  • Excellent place to visit for a quick look at the history of Lebanon. Entry fees are low to encourage people to go visit the museum. Guides are available for those who want and their fees are really moderate and can be afforded by the visitors.
  • A beautiful yellow limestone building fronted by a row of ancient Egyptian inspired lotus flower topped columns. The place was built before the Lebanese independence to house various treasures found across the territory and kept in private collections. Among the highlights are the sarcophagus of Ahiram sporting the oldest known example of the full Phoenician alphabet.
  • A wonderful collection of artwork and artifacts from various historical periods. Not huge, but enough for at least an hour. Non-flash photography is allowed. Beautiful and interesting mosaics.

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