The museum has a wonderful collection taken (or plundered depending on how you view national museums cherry picking the best from regional sites) from across Syria.
There is a wide and variety collection of artefacts from different periods, but they are let down by the lacking of interpretation, which varies from being good in the more modern galleries to non existent in others and the garden. Its a shame as we plan to visit many of the sites in which the objects we found but it was difficult or impossible to tell which item came from which place in many cases. I was also concerned about the conditions within the museum, granted it was a hot day when we visited, over 37 outside and considerably hotter inside but the lighting was not suitable for museum objects being harsh strip lighting or natural daylight flooding in, I'm sure if I had a lux meter it would have been off the scale.
On a positive note there it does seem that work is being undertaken, so hopefully some improvements are on the cards and I was very pleased to learn that some of the collection had been transferred to a new museum at Homs, effectively returning the objects to the location in which they were found, which is much better as it both puts the objects in context and allows visitors to see the site and objects during the same visit.
If you go make sure you get to see the Synagogue, which was behind a locked door when we were there, so we had to find a man to unlock it and let us in, other visitors left without seeing it as its not signed from the main museums building, but its well worth a visit as it so unusual and well preserved.
The cafe in the museum grounds is quiet expensive and doesn't have menus so make sure that you ask the price when ordering or you could be in for a nasty surprise when the bill comes.
The museum closes for an hour on Fridays at 12.30 but the gardens remain open so if you haven't seen everything inside you can wonder or rest in the gardens until it reopens.
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