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Address: Al-Muraba - King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, Riyadh 11481, Saudi Arabia
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Description: The history of Islam is the major focus of this museum, which consists of...
The history of Islam is the major focus of this museum, which consists of 10 galleries, courtyards and a section that houses fancy cars and other belongings of the founding king of Saudi Arabia.
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Very large and modern museum with 8 sections of historical displays. The pre-Islamic section is extremely interesting and very well done. Old photos of KSA and towns are also so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Very large and modern museum with 8 sections of historical displays. The pre-Islamic section is extremely interesting and very well done. Old photos of KSA and towns are also so interesting. This is well worth visiting with beautiful peaceful gardens. Plan for about 2 hours.

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Saar, Bahrain
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The grounds and setting of the museum were a great place to start, but the museum itself totally took us by surprise! It is well laid out, very comprehensive, and the entire history of the Arabian peninsula is beautifully presented. From the pre-Islamic days to the history of Mohammad (PBUH) and the spread of Islam up to the discovery of... More 

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Doha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is a great National Museum. Please be sure to check the hours before visiting. see http://www.nationalmuseum.org.sa/index.aspx In April 2015m the museum is for school from 8:00AM -12 noon. It is open to the public from 12-2PM and from 4-8PM. Admission is 10 rials, a bargain. It is more like the Smithsonian than an art museum. Galleries range from Natural... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I was surprised at some of the information in the museum. I didn't think some things were allowed. As a teacher I really enjoyed the exhibits.

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Cape Town
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The outside of the buildings in the complex is better than the inside. The model of Makkah was good to see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Interesting museum in Riyadh, specially considering there's nothing much to visit in the city. Some of the descriptions aren't exactly "scientific" accurate, but it's worth visiting. Lots of historical pieces, well organized

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Olen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I learned about the history in a very informative way, great thematic lay-out. It is recommendable to be accompanied by a local.

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Bangalore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Its nice place. Has nice park. You can spend 2 hours in museum. Though things are not much, but its depicts history of Saudi Arab. Their cultural evolution, earlier homes. History of Mecca etc. There is no rush there. There are some time limit , in morning time opend for all. Afternoon its for family only. Over all I liked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

It is a huge museum! Half-day wasnt enough for us (maybe because we were busy taking a lot of picture). Loved the outside area with a river. I saw a lot of families spending their time over there. The replica of the Makkah is so impresive! A must place to visit in Riyadh!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We're a big team of men visiting the hotel. However, we're on the wrong day as most of the days are reserved for families and single man cannot come in. We come back the day after and we had a nice time, experiencing the Saudi history, including a movie session about the King Abdulaziz.

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