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“incredible collection” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Beirut

National Museum of Beirut
Corner of useum Street, Damascus Street and Abdallah El Yafi Avenue., Beirut, Lebanon
01-380 810
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Baghdad, Iraq
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“incredible collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

when we were there (I went to that Museum with one of my coworkers) it was totally empty ! ! ! we were the only visitors !!! and that was so great we had our time to check every and each of the treasures within the incredible collection of that museum that belongs to different eras of Lebanon history.

Visited February 2014
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“Great museum on the former frontline”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Very nice stroll through the history of Lebanon. Don´t miss the movie about how they stored their treasures away during the civil war.

Visited June 2014
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Madrid, Spain
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“Great Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you come to Beirut, a visit to the museum is a must. Even though it is not huge, it is intriguing enough to walk through if you have a couple of hours to three to spare. History is fascinating.

Visited April 2014
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“Superb musem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Like many of Beirut's exquisite treasures, the museum was almost totally empty during our visit. It deserves exposure to a much larger audience. The building itself, which opened in 1943, was almost destroyed during Lebanon's Civil War but has been painstakingly restored, as depicted in a 13-minute video shown every hour on the hour. Admission is merely 5000 Lebanese pounds (about $3.30), 1000 for students. While the building itself may seem small by the standards of other national museums, it occupies two spacious floors, with several open floor plan galleries on each. The displays contain clear, well written and informative texts in English, French, and Arabic. The lower floor features mainly sculptures and mosaic floors, including some of the finest Roman sarcophagi I have ever seen and many other works of major importance and breathtaking beauty. The upper floor contains smaller objects spanning prehistoric to Islamic times. Photography without flash is allowed, and the guards are unobtrusive. There is a very fine gift shop. We visited this museum after seeing most of Lebanon's main sites, a strategy that allowed us to imagine the original settings for objects from Byblos, Tyre, Baalbek, etc.

Visited June 2014
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“Small but Intriguing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The size is perfect for a couple hours. There are 2 floors. The 1st - an impressive collection of Phoenician, Hellenistic and Roman sculpture, sarcophagi, and mosaics. The 2nd - iron/stone age gear. Small piece exhibits molten artifacts damaged by the Beirut Civil War. Cool, unique place. Inexpensive and worth the trip, even for non-museum lovers.

Visited June 2014
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