Soap Museum - Saida, Sidon

4.3
Specialty Museum · Museum
This thematic museum explains how the traditional olive oil soap is made in the Middle East. It is located in an old 17th-century soap factory. The cisterns and vaults restored 20 years ago. A 10-minute film at the end of the visit shows craftsmen and women from different parts of Lebanon preparing their soap in the traditional way. The Audi family house above hosts cultural events during the year. The boutique sells different craft items from Lebanon only. Note that the Audi Foundation is in charge of the museum. Plan your Soap Museum - Saida visit and explore what else you can see and do in Sidon using our Sidon online day trip planner.
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  • First time visiting a soup museum. Gained a lot of insight on its history and soap making process. There is a shop in the museum where you can get many pretty souvenir soaps too.  more »
  • This well done museum inside an old soap factory highlights the process of making soap. There is a very good coffee shop on premise as well as an expensive gift store selling soap.  more »
  • This is a quite small museum, even with the (free) guided tour and watching the video at the end, it won't take you more than 30 minutes to pass through it. Still, it's interesting enough and...  more »
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  • One of a kind type of museum to visit once in your lifetime w your family in Saida. I was w my son & he loved the place. The kiddos will be amaze & amused w the history of soap making. Clean bathrooms was a big plus for me! Entrance fees 5,000 LL for adults & free for minors.
  • Impressive place where you learn useful informations on how local soap was made, what chemicals were used in its foundation and the equipments used in the process. Built and fonded by bank Audi. the smell is great. and the entrance is 5000LL/adult.
  • I really liked this museum! It displays the different machines used to make, shape and stamp the soaps. I would’ve wished having a tour guide like other groups did; I’m sure it would’ve made the whole experience richer and more interesting. What made the experience better however, was a video documentary about the women of Saïda and how they used to make soap, as well as Mr Mahmoud Sharkass, a soap maker in Tripoli that’s been making soap without using fire, as has his ancestors have been doing for years. The video made the visit worthy. The entrance fee is 5,000 LL.
  • If your looking for a heritage visit to place that tells a story then you reached the right place. The Soup Museum in Saïda is not just a museum, it’s a journey through history to one of the iconic places in the city that tells the story of soap making and how it was made and the people behind it. We buy soaps these days off the shelf without knowing what it went through in the old days. It’s a place that you should visit, but their authentic items and watch their video, don’t forget to sip a cup of coffee in their boutique cafe outdoor.
  • This museum like other museums offer a guide that will give you a tour and explain the interesting facts about soup making in Lebanon. The guides are capable of speaking in 3 languages, arabic, french and english. The museum also contains a small shop that sells handmade soap of different size, shapes and packages.

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