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National Museum

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Address: Al-Muraba - King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, Riyadh 11481, Saudi Arabia
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The history of Islam is the major focus of this museum, which consists of...

The history of Islam is the major focus of this museum, which consists of 10 galleries, courtyards and a section that houses fancy cars and other belongings of the founding king of Saudi Arabia.

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A must see while in Riyadh

I was amazed with the diversity and authenticity of exhibited artifacts. The museum covers many ages since 7000 years back. Must see while in Riyadh.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

... the entire last section is not really historical, but more religious in nature. The history of Islam could have been incorporated better throughout the dioramas instead of in its own floor. Additionally, be careful reading the wall plaques. The curators flip between the Gregorian and the Islamic calendar making it confusing some times as to what event happened first.... More 

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Riyadh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was amazed with the diversity and authenticity of exhibited artifacts. The museum covers many ages since 7000 years back. Must see while in Riyadh.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came too early since this is opening only after asr prayer. It is a very modern exhibition and gives a good overview over Saudi Arabia's history and pre-history. It also displays models of Mecca and Madina, You can easily go through it in 2 hours, unless you want to read and play with every exhibit.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Things i liked about the museum: 1. They cover the history of the Arabian Peninsula from the prehistoric era to modern day. It's diverse and it's informative. 2. They have outlined a path to take so enable you to see all the exhibits. I wish more museums would have that. Things i didn't like: 1. There are a number of... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

This is a very good historical Museum and lays out the history of the Kingdom. I liked the meteorites displayed and the history since the discovery of oil. The museum can take 4-5 hours if you stop and see everything but yo can also see the highpoints in less than two hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

This place is a so enjoyable, you must visit when you go to Riyadh. I appreciate the digital explanations of some images and exhibits. The museum depicts the real history of Saudi Arabia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

The visit which was scheduled for an hour finally ended in three hours. A must visit place if in Riyadh and with time on one's hands. It was completed in a record 26 months! It covers the history of the land form the ealry man to the present day history. A good and innovative use of displays and use of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

The National Museum is set in a lovely family friendly area, built in traditional style architecture. It takes you on a guided tour of history in the region, from prehistoric times to the Prophet, to the discovery of oil and beyond. The museum has special visiting times for single men and for families, so inquire before turning up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

A must visit, understand the Middle East, Saudi and Riyadh all in one go. Well worth allowing 4 or 5 hours to get the best.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

One-stop learning center to study Saudi Arabia. Not many artifacts like ofher museums around the world, but if you are interested to learn about the Kingdom's history, this is a must visit place.

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