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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. To visit National Museum on your holiday in Riyadh, and find out what else Riyadh has to offer, use our Riyadh.
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  • Very good museum. you can easily spend 3 hours browsing through its different sections. I especially liked the ancient civilizations in the Arabian peninsula section. 
    Very good museum. you can easily spend 3 hours browsing through its different sections. I especially liked the ancient civilizations in the Arabian peninsula section.  more »
  • A very elegant and very clean place. It was a great experience very good. I hope you keep your logistics 
    A very elegant and very clean place. It was a great experience very good. I hope you keep your logistics  more »
  • Well done. Very informative! It gives a great overview of the history of KSA. Plan 2-3 hours to visit as there is a lot to see. 
    Well done. Very informative! It gives a great overview of the history of KSA. Plan 2-3 hours to visit as there is a lot to see.  more »
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  • Professional staff and well set out exhibit. We went to see the Calligraphy exhibit. Well curated with knowledgeable staff. I will definitely visit again. The entire historic area is a pleasure to walk around and explore.
  • For you to enjoy exploring the whole displays and/or exhibits in the museum, you need to have enough time to be able to appreciate each item or part of the museum. It is overwhelming because there is so much to see. For example you will be able to see some land forms in country. You can witness that Saudi Arabia is not just a dessert. You will also be able to have a good rewind of how people lived in the past in this side of the world. During our visit there was no entrance fee.
  • The bottom floor of this museum is splendidly organized from the oldest civilizations that lived in Saudi Arabia, up to the one just before the advent of Islam, complete with artifacts from each civilization, including re-creations of important hieroglyphics and ancient tombs, and some prehistoric skeletons. The top floor shows the history of Islam from its earliest days to the recent past. I always bring visitors to this museum as the one they must see in Riyadh.
  • It was a good journey to the country's rich history, I initially thought it was small but it kept on going haha. The inside was calm and subtle. 99.99% description of the artifacts/displayed items are translated in English, however, for video presentations I do suggest to have someone who speaks Arabic as either I did not wait enough for the English one or they don't have it! Enjoy guys, it is recommended :)
  • The National Museum exceeded our expectations! The master minds behind this really put a lot of thought into the flow of the museum by beginning the walking tour with the prehistoric age taking us through the Ottoman period, the dawning of the Islamic Era and up to date. Really fascinating. Whatever your religious background (or non), you can appreciate the historic artifacts that agree with religious scholars and scientists alike. It's a shame that there aren't more people flocking here. On a Saturday, there may have been 1 or 2 other groups besides our own. The outside area was beautiful and manicured nicely. Well done!

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