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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  • This museum is attractive and welcoming, though not very large. Most items – from prehistory to the middle ages – are labelled in Arabic, French and English. It would be interesting to have more infor...  more »
  • The Beirut museum is not only a place where oldies are displayed. It is the story of a place who was saved during the war thanks to its director then who buried all treasures for it not to be destroye...  more »
  • Very nice Museum with interesting insights into the country's extensive history. Take any dollars for entry
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  • Great museum with lovely mosaics from the area. Also features statutes, sarcophagi, pots, funeral urns and jewellery. The restoration video is worth watching, if only to appreciate the effort that has gone into restoring the museum since the civil war.
  • 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.
  • Great museum, fantastic pieces of Roman times, Hellenic period and beyond. Unmissable, so well curated, well laid out, guide with an iPad where you can scan the selected pieces and understand the history. A must see highlight the recreated Roman tomb from Tyre, the famous sarcophagus with the first Phoenician alphabet and the 25 sarcophagus collection on the ground floor!
  • Best museum I've ever visited in my life, and I've visited a lot of museums. Very calm, clean, and of course AMAZING historical pieces in very well condition. Everything is described in both Arabic and English.
  • 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.

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