National Museum, Riyadh

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#1 of 13 in Museums in Saudi Arabia
Boasting a vast collection of artifacts starting from the deep geological history of the region, National Museum showcases many layers of the Arabian Peninsula's heritage. Tour the modern building to see fragments of a meteorite, a skeleton of a mammoth, a model of a Stone Age fishing village, Paleolithic tools, and a cave with carvings. Learn about the region's deep cultural roots through the exhibit of early Arabic kingdoms and the pre-Islamic era, detailing the development of calligraphy. Other themes covered include the life of Prophet Muhammad until his migration to Medina, the spread of Islam, and, finally, the development of the modern Saudi state with maps and armories, complete with old airplanes and early oil drill valves. To visit National Museum on your holiday in Riyadh, and find out what else Riyadh has to offer, use our Riyadh trip planner .
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  • September 29, 2017
    This place is one of the few tat you can visit in Riyadh which not has many Historical places. But at the same time it is stunning. Very reach of finds, whom drive you to understand the story of Islam...  more »
  • September 7, 2017
    wide selection of ancient excavations, with some demonstration media screens about the history of Arabic peninsula, must seen attraction in Riyadh.  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    You can learn the history of KSA and much more... Suggested to go two times because it's very big and very nice garden outside to relax.  more »
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  • April 29, 2017
    A wonderful and must go place in Riyadh. Very well maintained and informative for all ages. Inside the Museum, you can find a captivating display of Saudi Arabia's culture in past and present forms. There are different types of antiques, manuscripts, documents and display boards. Beautiful and peaceful parks around museum.
  • March 31, 2017
    I personally go there often as it is a park, obviously and also it is a nice hangout place with a good enough amount of security for your safety. The park has a swimming pool with water level around the knee, where kids can play with a bridge boat like thing which takes you from one side to the other. It has a stream-like thing going around the entire park, a huge ground for cycling and playing. And it also has a waterfall along with it, a nice place to sit and relax even though all the places to sit and relaxed were closed the last time I went there. It also has a fountain type area in front of the museum. There are no security guards during Eid so you can jump around about anywhere, girls. And 'all' the water-parts are free to play with then. So, yeah, it is a cool hangout place where you can chill. It actually has a museum inside which is great to go in. The entry fee is 10 S.R. and it has all kind of old history in it. Nice place for a field trip. I love going in the museum, it is cool and spooky but not spooky enough to creep you out. Just about right.
  • July 2, 2017
    Well maintained place .Neatly organised museum with Good collection of antiques and exhibits that shows the tradition of arab culture and history. Also is surrounded by beautifully landscaped park and garden . An amazing place to spend time and relax .
  • June 26, 2017
    Beautiful place, Well designed, Well organised and Managed, its a treat for history lovers.Also for students of geography and mathemathics.A good detailed seeing may easily take 3-4 hours.Short documentary on Saudi history in the cinema hall is good watch. Tickets are Sr 10 per person and free for students.
  • June 28, 2017
    Out standing place I visit ever, I can't stop my self to tell everyone about this mind blowing effort of Saudia Arabia, want to visit again and again...

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