Mahmoud Darwish Museum
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DBART1990
Hong Kong, China56 contributions
Jan 2020
The walk to this museum takes about 30-40 minutes from the Old City but it is worth it as you see the impressive building sat atop a hill. A small museum inside whets your appetite to explore this writer's works. The grounds are very pleasant with great views of the city
Written January 30, 2020
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Wehda E
18 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
A lovely quaint and peaceful museum for the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The museum is surrounded by a beautiful garden and a nice view over Ramallah city. A nice and easy visit to do on a lovely cool evening (abt 20-25 minutes walk from Ramallah municipality)
Written March 5, 2020
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Catherine P
Bevaix, Switzerland175 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Glad to have an Arabic speaker with me - it's a small museum but gives a good overview of the poet's life, and great to have the possibility to buy books in English in the museum shop!
Written July 25, 2017
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Talal J
New York City, NY466 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
You walk up to a massive complex featuring a multi-storied garden, a reflective pool, a shaded area, all strewn haphazardly on the museum campus in a way that feels purposely aesthetically displeasing.

You then walk up to two mirrored buildings, the one on the right an auditorium, the one on the left the museum...well not all of it. In fact the museum of one of our most revered poets is essentially one large room. It isn't interactive at all. In fact the one video that is actually playing his poetry (in Arabic) is hardly audible.

There's a list of his books published in various languages. But before you get too excited, this is just a list, again it isn't interactive in the least. VERY disappointing!
Written August 13, 2018
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Nancy G
Kingston, Jamaica220 contributions
Feb 2014 • Friends
The setting and architectural structure of the Museum and Theatre complement the greatness of Mahmoud Darwish the man, who s clearly treasured by Palestinians - as well he should be. At the top of the steps at the entry to the museum and theatre is Darwish's grave, located in a garden full of a wide range of colourful flowers - apparently what he himself requested for his burial site. There are wonderful areas to sit and contemplate the gardens and the water features in the grounds.

The museum itself is fascinating. It includes the wide range of awards he was given and prizes he won in a diversity of countries, and there is a section of the museum that has recreated his working area with his writing desk from Jordan, where he composed much of his poetry.

There is a guide who provides tours of the Museum in English, French and Arabic (she is very good), but the highlight of the visit to the museum is the film comprised of highlights of Darwish's life and sayings. We managed to see about 20 minutes of the English version of the film, and some of the quotations from Darwish were absolutely breathtaking: I can only imagine how compelling they are in Arabic, the language in which he chose to write his poetry "...because of its rhythms." The film is in three languages and runs on a loop, so you have to be lucky enough to arrive when the language you want is either playing or about to play, because the film is three hours in its entirety.

The bookstore outside the museum has a wide selection of Darwish's books published in French, English and Arabic, and after visiting the museum and seeing the film, I found it impossible not to buy a book!

A stop at the Mahmoud Darwish Museum should be a must for any visitor to Ramallah! We visited in winter, but it is probably even more special in the summer, when one can enjoy sitting in the gardens.
Written March 11, 2014
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Mil123lim
18 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
The museum was small but lovely. I recommend you to look at the video that they are showing about Darwish because he really had philosophical things to say about Palestine and life itself. Made me think!
Written March 7, 2019
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ImadHodali
Ramallah, Palestinian Territories8 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
This extraordinary hill that dominate Al-Masyoun Quarter of Ramallah is really amazing.
In this place you can visit the tomb of the most important poet of Palestine Mahmoud Darwish, the only Muslim to be buried in Ramallah (Muslims are usually buried in Al-Bireh, as Ramallah has only Christians cemetery). Unfortunaletly i tried several times to visit the museum, but it was closed without any notice even though it was during the opining hours.
Written December 10, 2018
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Ruba.aburumhin
Acre, Israel19 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
It is small but absolutely worth visiting, worth seeing the details in it.
I've been there more than once, very informative, nice view outside.
Written November 12, 2018
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Drghannam
Ramallah, Palestinian Territories20 contributions
May 2017 • Family
It’s really a beutiful compound in the beutiful city of Ramallah, for a great international famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who passed away 10 years ago, but still his poem is the mind of Palestinian people, may god bless his sole.
Written January 21, 2018
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AdriaanNed
Oegstgeest, The Netherlands80 contributions
Oct 2014 • Business
Nice architecture blending in with the environment.
Museum is essentially one big room, not all texts are translated.
Think about return taxi.
Written October 30, 2014
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