Riyadh’s Best Museums

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.
Tel: +966-11-4029500
Fax: +966-11-4030306

Email: tnm@scta.gov.sa


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
Tel: +966-11-4674942


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
Tel: +966-11-4662100


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:

Al-Masmak Historical Museum

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

Saqr Al-Jazeera Aviation Museum

Private Museums

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.

Mob: +966-505201371

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.

Mob: +966-555445777

Heritage Museum of Arts and Crafts

Ad-Dalam Historical Museum

The museum displays a great picture of Ad-Dalam area in national, social and educational events.

Mob: +966-556265534

Ad-Dalam Historical Museum

Saderiyah Museum

The architectural masterpieces are perfectly displayed in the museum reflecting the Islamic and Arabic worlds.

Mob: +966-500000028

Saderiyah Museum

Al-Waily Museum

The museum is divided into three halls that contain palm frond goods, leather goods, brassware and so on.

Tel: +966-504719677

Al-Waily Museum

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