National Museum, Riyadh

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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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  • There is nothing much to see there, and be careful don't plan to visit the site before 8pm, because it will be closed for each prayer and bring enough water and food for you and your family  more »
  • A modern museum, really interesting.... nice fossils coming from the desert, a brief history of Earth and then many artifacts from the past... beautiful preislamic pottery and ancient stone with old o...  more »
  • Nice set up museum that describes history of Arabian Peninsula and residents. Different sides of lifestyle to Arabic script as well as the development of trade warfare. Upper floor is as soon as about Saudi State and Muslim faith is what less lens. Very pleasant that all descriptions and explanations in English. Video productions also bilingual. A nice trip to entertain your two hours.
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  • very spacious with lots of room to walk around, engulfed with a historic atmosphere and surrounded by scenic views worthy of meditation, deliberation, and photography. this is a nice place for families to walk and admire a recreational blend between old and new architectural structure which hold cultural significance. we spent over an hour walking around and barely covered all the sights. highly recommended for those who want to escape the city and think away from city noise, or for those who would like to just relax
  • Excellent! Simply awesome! This museum has got it all ....... all you want to learn about this holy land ........ everything on display from preislamic times to establishment of the modern kingdom! From Dinosaur era fossils to OIL well machinery parts ....... The transformation of Saudi Arabian peninsula is well displayed ........ very well organized! ....... courteous and enthusiastic staff too! See it to believe it!
  • Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic !!!!!!! This place is so Awesomely designed that I cannot describe here in words. You really have to see by yourself to feel the beauty.... It's free until 26-Dec17. Full of Historic findings all around KSA Must See.....
  • When I visited the National Museum , your transported into a different place. It’s an amazing place and should be a must seen places if you visit to Riyadh. And yes people who have misconceptions that the museum would be only if Islamic information, your wrong ! The only thing is that I didn’t find a water vending machine ( not a common thing ) but the premises is absolutely clean and sparkling!
  • Excellent place to go to on a weekend with the family. Has the history of the Arabian peninsula from old times to the modern age. Also thier are artifacts which you will enjoy. The only draw back is i came here two times and gift shop was not open 🤔

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