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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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  • Its modern museum in RIYADH , many floors and describes a long history of Arabia , kingdom history and Islam from Beginning .  more »
  • Website pop-up giving opening hours during Ramadan says museum is open from 10am to 3pm. It isn't - at least not today (Saturday). When I arrived was told museum was closed and wouldn't be open until ...  more »
  • Exhibition starts from learning structure of the earth and natural mineral rwsources. You find Saudi Arabia has many mineral resources in addition to oil. Then you learn 2000 years ago story of this r...  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.
  • Excellent museum. Entry is cheap, all exhibits and shows are in both English and Arabic. Close to the heart of old Riyadh with other tourist sights near by. Suggest spending a day there and picnicking in the gardens.
  • The best park experience so far! Kids are bound to enjoy the waters and also ample space for having your snacks with coffee or tea! Also masjid is alongside and also the masjid is majestic!
  • I absolutely loved the national museum and I learned so much history while I was there! While I do believe much can be improved, I never expected such a gem to be here in Riyadh. There were thousands of items dating back thousands of years from ancient Arabian and Pre-Arabic semetic civillizations. I just couldn't believe this has been around here and not many people have knowledge of it. What I suggest they improve is: 1- Admissions should be free. This is a culture center and in order to spread knowledge and awareness this should be one of those places people from all walks of life can get to know. 2- There were no tour guides, or headsets. The only person I can commend is a security guard who was very knowledgable and showed us around upstairs, while explaining the pieces and their history. 3- The museum should be well advertised, so that culture and awareness of history can properly spread across society. 4- There were no restaurants, or cafes with seating areas for refreshments and breaks. Conclusion: this place has amazing potential both locally and as a tourist attraction. I hope to see improvements done and free culture for everyone.