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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  • If you are keen to ancient Phoenician history, you could not miss visiting this museum. The collection and the objects displayed are really worth seeing.  more »
  • Expand your knowledge of Lebanese culture. It is not expensive, and offers a lot of helt by signs and the helpfull staff  more »
  • A Must-see when you are in Beirut. Really interesting objects from former history of Beirut, Byblos and all Lebanon. Precious mosaics, jewellery, statues etc.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting and educational. The sarcophagi are very impressive, especially the ones on the underground floor.
  • Le Petit Louvre! Brilliant! I was shocked how empty it was.
  • 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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