Both Makkah and Medina have museums, a little bit out of the way. In the case of Medina Museum you have to cross a treacherous carriageway, where the traffic will not stop for you and there are no traffic lights. My life flashed before me several times as I crossed the road to get to the museum.
This was my second attempt to get to the museum. Opening hours were not well displayed and you can be unsure as to the entrance to the museum. So my first attempt to gain entry was unsuccessful and there were a few others who were walking around in a confused state. On my second attempt a few days later, I saw a Turkish group entering the building and descending down some steps and I followed.
Its a small museum, primarily its about the development of the Masjid Nabi from its foundations but there are also exhibits about the development of the city of Medina, Islam in Saudi and the media as well with exhibits of film cameras and video machines!
Central to the display is a DVD available in various languages of the development of the Masjid Nabi.
So far so good. Let me just remind you how difficult it was to gain entry to this museum. The Turkish group had brought their own guide and seemed to be having a good time as he lectured his group. I wandered around and tried to make sense of it all. Very few exhibits are in English, even those with Arabic writing, I have doubts regarding whether the narrative makes sense. The museum guides did not offer any assistance or sign posting. You can take pictures without any problems though.
As I was wandering around I soon heard a row developing with a museum attendant and some visitors from the UK. It got rather heated, from what I can gather, they would not put the DVD on for them. Another staff member from the museum relented and put the DVD on in Arabic but could not get the sound to work and then wandered off apologetically. At this time I joined this small group and we decided that maybe we should fiddle around with the wires to get the sound working. It was just a DVD hooked up to a tv. Within 2 minutes, we got the sound working and we requested the DVD in the English language.
Just think about it, the highlight of this museum is the DVD presentation and the staff cannot work the DVD!
Its a poor do. This is an opportunity for the Saudi authorities to inform, entertain and educate and they have missed an open goal. From the millions who visit Medina each year on a pilgrimage, no wonder they give this museum a miss. It offers so little.
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