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One of the oldest buildings of Riyadh - the fort itself is free to enter.
There is a comprehensive history of Riyadh dating back to the 1930's and how the Present Royal Family won the battle against the Influencial Al-Rasheed Family which had ruled 80% of Modern Day Saudi Arabia backed by the Ottoman Empire for over 100 years.
The Al-Saud Succsesful achievements afterwards till present day is the primary focus since its renovation in 2011- 2012. All exhibits are explained in English as well as Arabic, however little is told now of the Al-Rasheed Family, which built the walls of the As Masmak fort written in the endless history books telling the tales of the mystical desert Kingdom.
The museum shows off the many achievments of the King Abdulaziz,and the beneficial ties of the west whom were proving to be the most powerful allie with their heavy presence throught out the Region of the Middle east India and Africa.
The exhibits highlight his rule over the Kingdom and the significent men around King Abdulaziz at the time and how they assisted in unifing the tribes and providing jobs after the west assisted the saudi royal family in extracting Oil which provided jobs and large income to the country helping fund the projects and expansions in the region.
Across from the entrance to the musmak is a cozy little cafe serving traditional hot drinks of Arabic Coffee and Ginger Tea, Sip on a warm cup and gaze to the masmak and imagine Riyadh in its older years and how the sunrise battle against the Al-Rasheed Family led by King Abdulaziz might have taken place. At the very grounds you walk on. Imagine what life might have been like before the introduction of technology and the life of the Arabs.
It is adjacent to Dirah Square, it probably isn't a good idea to visit on a Friday (Dirah Square is infamously known as "Chop Chop Square") as this is the day when any punishments take place publicly. The car park adjacent to the fort has a small charge ( 2-3 SR per hour) - watch out for the numerous men who will rush over and offer to wash your car for you!
You are also just across the road from Batha Souk which is well worth a visit - selling everything from complete tat to gold, pashminas, rugs, coats etc. The gold souk is infamous with visitors and always remember to never except a price unless it is 30-40% below the oringinal mentioned price from the vendor. Enjoy the rich history of the Masmak area.