By Nadeen Hussain
The Arabian Peninsula has been continually inhabited for thousands of years, thanks to which the country now has rich history and culture to display. In fact even Riyadh, a city which many associate a concrete jungle with has so much history and culture. And luckily for those who want to get to know the city better, there are plentiful museums dotted all over the city.
The National Museum
It is a hot spot in Riyadh in which tourists tend to watch its marvelous design and the Saudi tradition style. It sheds the light on early historical ages, hence transferring us all the way to the present. It is a unique mixture of the past and present of Saudi Arabia that allows the visitors to explore the Islamic history themselves.
Location: King Abdulaziz Historical Center, Morabba’ Dist.
Antiquities Museum – King Saud University
The museum contains historical dimensions, which explore different fields that are conducted by the university. It is full of inspirations from the past such as inscriptions, writings, porcelain, pottery ware and so on.
Visiting Hours: Saturday to Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: King Saud University – College of Tourism and Antiquities, Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Museum of Currencies in Riyadh
It highlights the forms of currencies with an extraordinary collection from the pre-Islamic period.
Location: Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
Al-Masmak Historical Museum
It is a prominent place to witness the history of Riyadh as a capital and consolidate its important events.
Visiting Hours: The museum receives visitors during two periods: In the morning, 8 a.m. -12 noon and in the evening, 4 – 9 p.m., as follows:
- Sunday – Tuesday – Thursday (Men and the visitors from Boys’ Schools)
- Monday and Wednesday (Families and the visitors from Girls’ Schools)
- Friday – Morning (Closed), Evening – Families from 4 – 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday mornings for Men from 9 a.m. -12noon and for Families from 4 – 7-30 p.m.
Saqr Al-Jazeera Aviation Museum
The museum explores the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The historical phases are fully dissected and divided into a list in which you can choose whatever you prefer to have an idea about.
Visiting Hours: By coordination with the Museum’s Curator
Address: The Royal Saudi Ari Force (RSAF) – Saqr Al-Jazeera Aviation Museum, Riyadh city –Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
It features an outstanding field of the artifacts according to the nation level. It also explores different sects such as ornaments, currencies and so on.
Heritage Museum of Arts and Crafts
It is a wonderful place that features fine arts and fabric crafts. The museum consists of four buildings, and each one of them is specific to observe a certain piece.
Ad-Dalam Historical Museum
The museum displays a great picture of Ad-Dalam area in national, social and educational events.
The architectural masterpieces are perfectly displayed in the museum reflecting the Islamic and Arabic worlds.
The museum is divided into three halls that contain palm frond goods, leather goods, brassware and so on.