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Museums
Museums
In a part of the world where past and present seem eternally bound together, new discoveries of ancient treasures are forever reshaping historical records. These findings, which are studied, recorded, then displayed have shaped the cultural institutions and modern museums that help fulfill our innate need to know and understand the events that have created our present civilization.

Lebanon, long embroiled in civil war, has for nearly a decade now enjoyed relative peace and stability. During that time, the country has witnessed the birth of new museums and cultural attractions and the rebirth of old ones. Filled with history, archeology, and natural beauty, these institutions stand in proud testament to the country's long and colorful history.


National Museum
Beirut, Museum's Square, (01) 426703
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed on Monday
The National Museum rich collection consists of a variety of items (sarcophagi, mosaics, jewelry, coins, ceramics, woodwork, weapons...) from various archeological excavation sites all over the country. It covers the Prehistoric age, the Bronze age and the Iron age as well as the Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine and Arab conquest and Mamluk periods. The museum's three floor building offers to the public an audiovisual room and a gift shop.

Videos about the National Museum of Lebanon, Beirut - Lebanon


The National Museum of Lebanon - المتحف الوطني
Antiquities at the National Museum of Lebanon, Beirut - Lebanon. Photos taken by Jay Fares on April 20, 2011. Video produced by kaftoun.com.

The National Museum of Beirut المتحف الوطني
It's the Lebanese Museum, where you only find Lebanese objects belonging to our Lebanese History and you can only pay in Lebanese pounds.

The National Museum of Lebanon - Live Shoot
This is a Live Video Shoot of the inside of the main floor of the National Museum of Lebanon in Beirut, taken the morning of April 20, 2011 by Jay Fares. Produced by kaftoun.com..
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AUB Archeological Museum
Beirut, Bliss Street, (01) 340549, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , http://ddc.aub.edu.lb/projects/museum/
Open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Founded in 1868, the American University Museum is one of the oldest museum in the Middle East. It holds an important collection of objects coming from Lebanon and neighboring countries, covering the period from the Early Stone Age to the Islamic era.


Byblos Archeological Museum
Byblos Citadel site
(09) 540001
Open daily from 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
The museum offers an overview of the excavations undertaken in Byblos. The history of Byblos, from Prehistory to the Arab and Medieval periods, is illustrated and associated with objects related to these periods as well as thematic panels shedding light on the daily life of the inhabitants.





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Byblos Fossils Museum
Byblos
Open daily from 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
The Museum exhibits a wide variety of fossils, featuring mainly fish, found in the area of Byblos as well as other Lebanese regions. A number of rare specimens come from private collections in addition to the museum's collection.

Lebanese Prehistory Museum
Achrafieh, Monnot, Saint Joseph University Street, (01) 339702, www.usj.edu.lb/mpl
Open on Tuesday,Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Lebanese Prehistory Museum exhibits artifacts collected since the end of the XIXth century by the Jesuit fathers. The collection relates to the evolution of the prehistoric societies who lived on the Lebanese territory from the Paleolithic to the Chalcolithic.

Baalbek Museum
Baalbek Citadel, (08) 370520
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Opened in 1988 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Baalbek, the museum displays some 20 statues and objects, information about the Bronze, Hellenic and Roman era, as well as an exhibition of old photographs of the German Herman Burckhardt.


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Beiteddine Palace Museum
Beiteddine, (05) 500077
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed on Monday (summer); open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (winter)
The museum displays objects from the Phoenician era to the XIXth century. It comprises arms, costumes, jewels and a unique collection of Byzantine mosaics.




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Museum of the Armenian Catholicossate of Cilicia
Antelias, Armenian patriarchate, (04) 410001 , www.cathcil.org
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. closed on Monday (winter); and daily from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (summer)
The museum owns relics and reliquaries, a collection of gold and silver plates from the XVIIth to the XIXth centuries, embroideries and liturgical costumes, manuscripts, as well as a series of illuminations and miniatures and Khatchkars (Armenian funerary steles)... One of the museum's halls exhibits a collection of modern artworks by Armenian painters and sculptors from Lebanon and the diaspora.

Nicolas Sursock Museum
Beirut, Achrafieh, Sursock Street, (01) 201892
The Museum's opening hours are as follows: Open daily from 10:00-18:00. Late opening on Thursdays from 12:00-21:00. Closed on Tuesdays.
The Sursock Museum is considered as the only modern art museum in Lebanon. Since 1961, about 90 exhibitions, including the Fall Exhibition, have been held, displaying the works of both Lebanese and international artists. The permanent exhibition of the museum includes a collection of Islamic art works.

Robert Mouawad Private Museum
Beirut, Zkak Blat, Army Road, (01) 980970, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
A mixture of Oriental and Occidental cultures, the museum is an Arab palace built in 1911 that hosts Robert Mouawad's collection of books, ceramics, pottery, carpets, jewelry and rare precious stones.

Gibran Khalil Gibran Museum
Bcharre, (06) 671137, www.khalilgibran.org
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (summer); from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Monday (winter)
The museum presents the life of the Lebanese writer, poet and painter Gibran Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) and exhibits a collection of manuscripts, photos and paintings as well as a selection of furniture that belonged to the philosopher.



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Ameen Rihani Museum
Freykeh, www.ameenrihani.org
Among a variety of things found in the museum of the writer are his manuscripts, letters, works of art, newspaper clippings, belongings, and personal gifts from world leaders.

Paul Guiragossian Museum for Contemporary Art
New Jdeideh, facing Eden Hotel, (01) 900091
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The museum exhibits a collection of unedited paintings of the artist deceased in 1993 as well as works of Lebanese and international contemporary painters. In addition, the museum offers a meeting place for artists.

Dorothy Salhab Kazemi Museum
Roumieh, Salhab building, (04) 865419
The museum presents a collection of about 150 ceramic pieces executed by the artist.

Michel Abou Jaoudeh Museum
Zalka, Saideh Street, imm. Michel Abou Jaoudeh, (03) 396558
Open upon request
The museum exhibits personal objects of the journalist, various documents as well as his 10937 articles published in An Nahar newspaper. The museum also includes a public library with more than 3000 political, historical and philosophical books.

Moussa Tiba Museum
Cana, Haret Al Salha, (07) 430149
Open on Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The museum exhibits around 245 of the artist's works painted between 1962 and 2002.

Juliusz Slowacki Museum
Ghazir, Saint Antoine Convent, (09) 926951/2/3
Open upon request
A wing of the Saint Antoine convent, converted to a museum, is dedicated to the memory of the Polish poet, who visited Lebanon during his trip to the Orient where he wrote his famous patriotic poem entitled Anhelli.

Soap Museum
Saida, Haret Audi, El Moutran Street, (07) 733353, Website www.fondationaudi.org
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed on Friday
Built in the XVIIth century on the site of a soap factory, the Audi Family house was turned into a museum in 2000. The factory shows the different stages of soap-making and presents the history of the soap industry in the region, from Aleppo (Syria) to Nablus (Palestine) passing through Tripoli (Lebanon).

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Silk Museum
Old Silk factory of Bsous, (05) 940767, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Open daily from May till August from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed on Monday
The newly renovated museum has been reopened in 2002. The visitors can learn about the region's history and the artistic technique of silk-making.

Terbol Museum
Terbol, near the municipality of Zahleh, (05) 455104, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (May to November)
In a farmer's house recently restored, the Terbol Museum presents, a collection of ethnic objects and tools. It also includes a giftshop and a garden.

History Museum of Saida
Saïda, Moutran Street, (07) 720110, www.museumsaida.org
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed on Friday
Built in 1721, the Debbané family house was converted into a museum illustrating by its walls the various aspects of the Arab Ottoman architecture. It displays a historical presentation of the city as well as related objects, texts, documents and manuscripts.

Lebanese Heritage Museum
Jounieh, Teleferique building, 1st floor, (03) 850800, www.lebaneseheritagemuseum.org, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The Lebanese Heritage Museum presents original pieces representing 5 historic eras: Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic. It also displays objects from the XIXth and the XXth centuries. One of the halls is dedicated to Youssef Beyk Karam.

Wax Museum
Byblos, Mar Youhanna Morcos Street, (09) 540463, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The museum displays wax statues and life scenes from the Phoenician Age civilization to the modern epoch.

Marie Baz Museum
Shouf, Deir El Qamar, (05) 512777, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The museum relates to the history of Lebanon since 1512 through 85 wax statues of people that have left their mark in history.

Hall of Fame
Zouk Mosbeh, Jeita road, (09) 225202
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Hall of Fame houses 50 silicone statues of world famous people in the political, artistic and cultural fields, some of which move, talk and sing.

Museum of Holography
Departure station of the teleferique of Jounieh, (09) 852963, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Holography is a technology using lasers to obtain 3D pictures that float in midair. The museum houses a gallery of 100 holograms and a 3D projection room.

Planet Discovery: Children Science Museum
Beirut Downtown, Omar El Daouk Street, near Starco center, (01) 980650, www.solidere.com
Open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.;Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dedicated to children between 3 and 15 years of age, the 1200 m2 museum is an interaction and a unique learning space.

Wonders of the Sea
Jdeideh, Assaad Yazbeck residence, facing La Sagesse. (01) 891548, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (from October to June);Closed on Saturday and Sunday (July and August)
This XIXth century Lebanese residence houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the animal and plant sea life. More than 3000 shellfishes of about 630 varieties are exhibited alongside red and blue corals from the Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea as well as a collection of fossils.

Lebanese Museum for Marine and Wildlife
Tyre city center, (07) 343016/7, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
One thousand different marine species are displayed including 25 species of Mediterranean sharks, 30 different types of starfish as well as corals, sponges and other wonders of the sea. Parallel to the marine life, there is a wide collection of animals and a variety of birds.

The Shouf Cedar Museum
Environmental Awareness Center, Victoria, Ain Zhelta, (05) 311230, www.shoufcedar.org
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This environmental museum features specimens of the biological diversity living in the Shouf Cedars Reserve such as plants, insects, butterflies and reptiles, as well as an educational exhibit on plants.

Source - Lebanese Ministry of Truism.

 

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