Memoire Du Temps, Byblos

4.6
#1 of 9 in Museums in Mount Lebanon Governorate
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A trip to Memoire Du Temps allows you to see first-hand why Lebanon is considered the country with the largest collection of fish fossils in the world. What started as the fascination of one man, some 80 years ago, turned into a family business over time, and eventually became an important record of the country’s cultural and historical heritage. Explore the family museum to inspect numerous displays of different fossilized sea creatures found in the vicinity of Byblos. You can take a tour led by one of the brothers who own the place; they'll tell you the story of how their grandfather's passion was sparked by his discovery of a single fossil, and how that passion led to him building the museum. If you're lucky, you can even join an occasional fossil search led by museum staff. Discover how to plan a Byblos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • It's really worth it to walk around. Very good place to buy souvenirs. There are few cute drink places, and they still opened at night. I have been there last October , it was very joyful time, a lot....  more »
  • Very interesting and unique collection of fossils. The staff was very knowledgeable and explained in great details the origin of the fossils and the technique of extracting them.  more »
  • Here you can learn a lot about fossils and maybe even buy one - come and ask for Pierre. He is a great source of information about geology and extincted species and he shares it with real passion...  more »
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  • Impressive collection in a small little shop in the middle of the old town of Byblos, Lebanon. Learned few things about the revolution of the aquatic life; and why these fossils were found at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level!? Very kind shop owner who took his time explaining how these fossils were excavated. They only go out to the field to excavate when the weather is good, so we missed this opportunity during the hot month of August! Prices range from cheap to very expensive depending on the fossil size and details. They even give a certificate with the purchase with some useful info on it and to show authenticity of the piece.
  • The shop owner gives you a brief introducing to the fossil from 100 million year ago. Most of the species are already extinct. The price ranges from 10 USD to very high, each comes with its one certificate. It makes a great souvenir.
  • Have some adventure and sign up for the fosil hunting expedition. You won't be disapointed.
  • It says a lot about Pierre and his staff that we left this place feeling like friends. Memoire Du Temps is full of extremely smart and passionate people. We walked through the door thinking we'd check it out briefly, but the fossils blew our minds! A fossil from MDT just might be the best souvenir you could buy in Lebanon. (Where else can you buy something 100 million years old that supports the work of a multi-generational family of paleontologists?!) After sharing conversation and coffee, we walked away with a priceless treasure—not a fossil, but a genuine sense of friendship. Team MDT, shukran kitiir for sharing your expertise and hospitality. We can't wait to come back someday and join you on a dig. You have not seen the last of us!
  • DO NOT BUY ANYTHING THERE!!!!! My mother bought a 280e nautilus fossile from them, before purchasing we asked at least 3 times if there will be no problem to pass the custom, we have explained that the Chinese custom is VERY strict about this and they search every single passenger. They guaranteed: "Dont worry about that, as we will give you a certificate with a photo and serial number, with the sign of the museum, there will be no problem. What's more, 80% of our customers are from overseas and we've never had any issue. We also had A LOT of customers from China, it has always been ok" BULLSHIIIIT !!!!! LIAR!!!!! The fossile was confiscated despite the certificate!!!!! The custom clearly told us that nobody can carry any fossile to China, and we've been fooled by the seller. It is very irresponsable to ensure customers with information that you are NOT SURE about, just because you want to sell something! Very dishonest too !!!!!

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