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National Museum of Beirut

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Address: Corner of useum Street, Damascus Street and Abdallah El Yafi Avenue., Beirut, Lebanon
Phone Number: 01-380 810
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A trip back in time

I kept hearing about the museum from my parents and it was until I went and visited that I realized what I was missing. The video of how its treasures were preserved during the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I kept hearing about the museum from my parents and it was until I went and visited that I realized what I was missing. The video of how its treasures were preserved during the war is alone worth the visit. The museum is beautiful and has some very interesting pieces about past civilizations that inhabited these lands with some impressive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This museum has a decent collection of Phoenician and Greco-Roman artifacts. It's a small museum, and the collection is not huge, but the display is interesting. With few visitors, wou sometimes can have the museum for yourself!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The museum is small but contains unique pieces coming from a rich history. Do not miss it if you go to Beirut! It is located in the center of Beirut. It is worth the detour.

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Definitely worth a visit to help give the historical context to the region, especially if you're not venturing outside the city itself. The first 5 mins of the 13 min video potraying the remarkable efforts made to protect the museum's artefacts during the civil war is worth watching (shown on the hour).

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istanbul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

When you consider Lebanon's history one expect a tremendous national museum. But that is not the case. National Museum is small but have a nice collection. The museum building is also beautiful. When we asked about the museum, one of our Lebanese friends said he has never been there and added "we don't like stones". I think that is the... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

A great national museum, which tells you the history of Lebanon in a couple of hours. The exhibition covers all historic periodes in good detail. It's not too big nor overwhelming. Go!

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The museum has full of preserved antiques or I say artifacts from the prehistoric time etc. until recent which will bring you back in time. It is very educational. It is open from Sunday-Saturday but except for Mondays which they close it and they are open from 8-3 if I'm not mistaken, just don't come late afternoon or even at... More 

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Taunton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I agree it is a bit small but I think it gives a very good understanding of the history of Beirut and Lebanon. Very helpful staff and a lovely shop selling local artist's goods

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Beirut, Lebanon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

If you want to kill time then this is definitely worth to be in. It houses some of rarest antiques of the Ottoman empire which is tempting.

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Dhahran, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I took a taxi from my hotel in Hamra to the museum. I have been to many museums around the world, and I found this one to be excellent in terms its collection. However, its location and the size of the collection are not so good. I do understand that the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War wasn't very kind to it... More 

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