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“informative, yet dissappointing”

Madina Media Museum
Ranked #16 of 24 things to do in Medina
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“informative, yet dissappointing”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

the building is not a stand out one. the museum is located in the basement, the displays are dated and beg if you must, for english information.
once the english language displays are turned on, you are transformed into a historical past with explanations of the famous graves of the companions in the cemetary Baqi. The schematics of the famous battles, the growth of the city of Madina, the homes of the wives of the Prophet Mohammed etc. then you are given a geological lesson on the types of rocks and landscape that makes up the city and the country.
there is no mention of the future of the City of Madina, even though there is huge expansions in all directions. The dust on some of the displays makes you wonder if the dust itself is of any historical value as well.
Nonetheless, it was quite informative, but it needs a major upgrade, especially when you know that the government is not short of funds.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Driving you to be crazy”
Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Poor coordination,most of it depends on movies shows which was off,little English demonstration ,bad location ,under ground and is free entry but do not expect alot to see

Visited April 2013
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Nice, France
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“If you want to waste your time…”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

The musem has a lot of things to see and read though they are not classified and arranged well. Just like we were lost into a warehouse full of antique stuffs that we couldn’t have an image of anything about what the whole exhibition is all about in the end.

Visited August 2012
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Brampton, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
64 attraction reviews
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“Must visit to get a glimpse of the past”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

The museum though located very close to the Masjid Nabavi is hardly recognizable from outside and is in a basement. A documentary is shown inside as well as the museum has layout of the Prophet's original home, the burial ground and the city of Medinah during the old days.

Visited February 2012
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United Kingdom
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“A wasted opportunity”
Reviewed December 1, 2011

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.

Visited September 2011
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