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“Worth visit with family or alone”
Review of National Museum

National Museum
Ranked #2 of 66 things to do in Riyadh
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 12, 2013

The National Museum in in Riyadh give more information about Saudi Arabia and Islam. Need minimum 4-5 hours to have complete look in and around the museum.

Thank Anthonyravi
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Although slightly skeptical of the reviews and online information available for this museum, I did find my time was well spent here. This seems to be a very good place to go for families seeking a break from the sun and heat. Displays are in English and Arabic, combining history and artifacts with simple explanations and descriptions.

Thank Travelin_JC
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

In country from the US for two weeks and was trying to figure out what to do with myself. Most tourism information points you to the shopping malls, and the locals tell you to experience the desert, forgetting you don't have a car and there are no tours available.

Based on some research, I made my way to the National Museum. First, I found that few cab drivers knew what it was, so if you are going by taxi, have a map or directions. Next, when you get there, the entrance isn't clearly market, but if you head towards the interior courtyard, you will see a banner that says "National Museum".

The museum itself is quite nice. Entrance fee is SAR 10, or about US$2.50. The museum itself is nicely laid out, with very modern exhibits. You follow a set of yellow dots on the floor to wind through. There is a great history of the area, including information on the rocks and minerals, as well as how oil came to be in the region. A nice collection of excavated tools, and a good explanation of the historic merchant and nomadic culture.

They have a section on the history of Islam, which is nicely done, and an exhibit explaining Mekkah and Medina, with models of the current cities. There is also an exhibit on the 2 Saudi Kingdoms.

Overall, it was well done. Took about 3 hours to tour through. It looks like they have quite a bit of exhibit space, so I suspect it will continue to grow over time.

If you are looking for something to do that doesn't involve malls and want to learn a bot about the history of the country, this is a good stop.

1  Thank eldub1999
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

National Museum in Riyadh is one of the best museums I have ever visited. Unfortunately, my time there was limited. The story is logical, and it is easy to follow. The building is beautiful and the surroundings interesting.

Thank JAJORI
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

A thoroughly modern museum on beautiful grounds; the architecture is rather grand but quite appealing. It may get crowded, but it wasn't when we were there. The archeological recreations and dioramas are well done.

I appreciated the sequence of themed rooms that takes you on a journey from prehistory to the most recent times, explaining the region and its physical, cultural and religious themes. All the displays had very good English descriptions (unexpected and most welcome!). No one said we couldn't take photos, so everyone was happily snapping away.

The only down-side: the museum map shows various restaurants and cafe locations, but they don't exist... maybe they're planned for some future development. Tip: take plenty of bottled water... nobody seemed to object to that.

Thank ChuckL4
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