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National Museum, Riyadh
(4.4/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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. Put National Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Riyadh vacation generator.
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  • This place is a so enjoyable, you must visit when you go to Riyadh. I appreciate the digital explanations of some images and exhibits. The museum depicts the real history of Saudi Arabia. 
  • The visit which was scheduled for an hour finally ended in three hours. A must visit place if in Riyadh and with time on one's hands. It was completed in a record 26 months! It covers the history of t...  more »
  • The National Museum is set in a lovely family friendly area, built in traditional style architecture. It takes you on a guided tour of history in the region, from prehistoric times to the Prophet, to ...  more »
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  • Very informative, all displays are in Arabic and English, some of the videos also had English narration which were brilliant. Went with my children who thoroughly enjoyed... Though warning it is very long so the little ones got tired towards the end. And you can't take any food or water in.
  • First time to visit. Very well organized. Huge place. If you're a "completionist" like me or take lots of photos, plan 3-4 hours of stay. Some very nice interactive parts and awesome immersive atmospheres (lights and sounds, yay!). You could touch almost everything displayed outside the glasses, and 'I think' they're original ancient pieces, not replicas (because replicas have notes that they'e replicas.) A bit disappointed that some of the real displays were "on loan" to another Saudi exhibit at the time, but it's okay. Very eye-opening, inspiring, surprisingly (for an outsider like me) very diverse. Visit on weekdays, if you want the place to yourself. I was mostly alone last Tuesday. Some obvious parts of history were not included though, but that's expected. There are signs on the floor on where to go, so follow those too. I forgot to ask for a brochure or printed guide -_- So I don't know if they have any.
  • Biggest museum I have ever seen. Will take at least 3 hours if one goes through everything in the museum. Excellent depiction of Saudi culture and Islam.
  • Plan at least a few hours here, very nice place, a walk through history, starts at creation goes through all time periods. It seems that they don't care if you take photos here, only posted rules are no drinking and no smoking. Cost SR10, well worth it.