National Museum, Riyadh

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    King Abdulaziz Historical Complex

    by mikey_e Written Nov 20, 2012
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    Whatever, this tip isn't about the Museum per se, but it is about the area around the Museum (blame it on whoever created the categories). The Historical Complex spans a wide section of the centre of Riyadh, including part of the area around Deira Souq (Musmak Fort), but the nucleus is the National Museum of Saudi Arabia. In this area, you will also find Riyadh's public gardens, which have designated times for families and single men, as well as a large mosque. There are various areas in which children run around and play in the area, as well as some colourful waterscaping, which is a bit of a novelty for Saudi Arabia. Without a doubt, the real attraction is the Museum, but the grounds themselves deserve some attention too.

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    A must-see attraction

    by mikey_e Written Nov 18, 2012

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    Without any doubt, the National Museum in Riyadh is a must-see attraction for anyone who visits the Kingdom and wants to learn something about its history and the history of the Saudi nation. The Museum is housed in a beautiful (for Saudi) building that, unlike museums in many other Arab nations, is perfectly designed to capture the spirit and the needs of the collection. The Museum explores the history of the peninsula from the creation of the earth (an uneasy explanation that tries to balance Islam and evolution), through the pre-Islam period of darkness, to Muhammad's revelation and the Muslim conquests. Particular attention is paid to the foundation of the Saudi kingdoms (the current state is the third one) and the development of the Kingdom since the discovery of petroleum. Of particular note are the sections on pre-Islamic civilations (surprising, given the Wahhabi tendancy to elide over this period) and the large exhibit on the Hajj, which is the closest that any non-Muslim might come to experiencing this pillar of the faith.

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  • The National Museum

    by NadiaAliKhan Written Feb 17, 2008

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    The National Museum is established at the eastern side of the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center as a national landmark to enrich knowledge,education and culture. The two-story building consists of 10 galleries, two of which are assigned for visiting and temporary exhibits. There are also administration offices and laboratories.
    Display models include original antiques,models,authentic reconstructions,graphic panels and multimedia displays presenting scientific and documentary films,animated computer-aided programs and sound effectss.
    The museum's theme is concerned with the history of Arabian Peninsula since the creation of the earth to our current era.

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    by NadiaAliKhan Written Feb 17, 2008

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    The National Museum is established at the eastern side of the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center as a national landmark to enrich knowledge,education and culture. The two-story building consists of 10 galleries, two of which are assigned for visiting and temporary exhibits. There are also administration offices and laboratories.
    Display models include original antiques,models,authentic reconstructions,graphic panels and multimedia displays presenting scientific and documentary films,animated computer-aided programs and sound effectss.
    The museum's theme is concerned with the history of Arabian Peninsula since the creation of the earth to our current era.

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    Saqr Al Jazeera Aviation Museum

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    Thinking of another undiscover thing to do in Riyadh? Well, here it is! The Saqr Al Jazeera Aviation Museum It houses real aircrafts, jet fighters, commercial plane, helicopters etc. They have 3 sections for film viewing regarding rescue operations and aerobatic shows.

    They also have collections of missiles, ammunitions, air force uniforms, space suit and miniature planes.

    Some of the aircrafts are hanged in the air with cables holding it, giving you the illussion that its flying for real :-)

    The whole museum is clean and well maintained.

    Worth to visit!

    Fee:
    Adult: SR 10.00
    Child: SR 5.00

    The museum is open Sunday to Saturday except Monday from 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm to 9:00pm

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  • Riyadh Museum

    by asimk Updated Aug 2, 2003

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    I just visited this place with my father couple of days back and it really was a wonderful experience. The themes in which it is presented is really superb. It starts from How earth came into being and then articles from different civilizations dated back several hundred BC and then days before islam and how it spread in different regimes and then about Ottoman's empire (although I would have loved to see more info on it) and then how Abdul Aziz captured(reunited) and thus came into this world a country called Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The best thing which I liked about it is that they have english translation as well which is very useful for expats like us.

    Do also visit Murabba Palace. Its a stunning architectural monument, opened in 1999, built To celebrate the centenary of Saudi Unification.

    It really is a well planned and well maintained place ...... definately worth a visit !!! seriously I didnt expect it to be that good :)

    Costs per person: 15 SR (4 USD)

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    Riyadh Meusem

    by redeagle Written Mar 28, 2004

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    this meusem covers Arabian Peninsula history, old Peninsula, before islam, during, and now, its building alone is an artchitcture achievement, what's inside it is an ubelivable history of this area

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