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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. Put National Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Riyadh vacation generator.
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  • A smaller national museum compared to european standards, nevertheless I found it to be well presented (text in arabic and english) and to the point. Lot of the items (pottery, jewellery etc) on displ...  more »
  • Amazing experience quite informative and very interactive. Loved the mini cinemas. You were made to feel welcome and the yellow dots kept you connected.  more »
  • This museum is one of the best to explain the history of the peninsula, with evidence ranging from a huge meteorite, to artefacts found thousands of years ago. The explanations of different civilisati...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • 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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The hotels of Olaya Street and King Fahd Road are pretty hard to miss, whether you're looking for accommodations or not. You can find some simpler, standard hotels in this central area, but the emphasis really lies on luxury and showmanship here. Though known for the luxuriousness of its accommodations, Riyadh contains some options fit to please those looking for something a little more modest and budget-friendly. Take a peek at the Al-Batha district for the majority of hostels and guesthouses, located either on the main thoroughfare of the same name, or on side streets just off it.
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