Museums / Beirut
List of Museums in Beirut:
The National Museum

Inaugurated in 1942, the National Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of important archaeological objects.

Reopened after extensive renovation, the ground floor displays about seventy large objects. The undoubted star of the collection is the Sarcophagus of Ahiram, King of Byblos, which is inscribed with the earliest known example of the Phoenician alphabet.

On this floor as well, is a colossal statue in the Egyptian style, discovered at Byblos. Also look for statues of children used as ex-voto offerings to the healing god of Eshmoun. These were found at the temple of Eshmoun near Sidon (Saida). Other outstanding objects include a capital of bulls' heads and various mosaics representing scenes from mythology.

The first floor of the museum holds about a thousand smaller objects from prehistory, the Bronze and Iron Ages, the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods and from the Arab conquest to Mamluke times.

The National Museum’s rich collection presents a variety of archaeological finds, (sarcophagi, mosaics, jewelry, coins, ceramic, woodwork, glass, statues…) from archeological excavations sites all over the country.

The museum offers also an audiovisual room and a gift shop.

Address and Contact:

Museum’s Square

Tel: 01 426703-04

The Boutique: 01 612298

Fax: 01 612259


Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays.



AUB Archeological Museum

Founded in 1868, the American University Museum is one of the oldest museums 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.

Address and Contact:

Bliss Street

Tel: 01 340549



Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.



Lebanese Prehistory Museum

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.

Address and Contact:

Saint - Joseph University Street, Achrafieh

Tel: 01 339702



Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Mineral Museum-mim

mim is a private museum which exhibits more than 1400 minerals representing around 300 different species from over 60 countries. Mr. Salim Edde has built up this collection since 1997. It features pieces originating from a number of renowned collections --both old and more recent-- as well as from the major mining discoveries of our era. This collection is now considered one of the world's paramount private collections for the variety and quality of its minerals. All these minerals are wonders of nature that have formed without human intervention but, rather, under the sole influence of temperature, pressure and the incredibly complex work of water and especially time.

Address and Contact:

Saint-Joseph University

Campus of Innovation and Sport

Damascus Street- Beirut

Tel 00961421672



Nicolas Sursock Museum

The Sursock Museum is considered one of the most important modern art museums in Lebanon. Since 1961, about 100 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.

Address and Contact:

Greek Orthodox Archbishop Street, Achrafieh

Tel: 01 201892 - 01334133

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during expositions. Closed on Sundays



Robert Mouawad Private Museum

A mixture of Oriental and Occidental cultures, the museum is an Arab palace built in 1891 that hosts Robert Mouawad’s collection of books and manuscripts, ceramics, pottery, carpets, icons, Chinese porcelain, jewelry, mosaics, metal and wooden panels.

Address and Contact:

Zokak el Blat, Army Road

Tel: 01 980970

Fax: 01 976027



Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays



Assaha Heritage Museum

Assaha Museum is a genuine documentation of the Lebanese popular heritage representing the daily life of the old Lebanese village. It recalls the image of traditional crafts, trades and industries (tailor, spinner, barber, carpenter, shoemaker, potter, blacksmith, upholsterer...). The ancient exhibited crafts and instruments tell the visitors memories and interesting stories from our professional past.

Address and Contact:

Bourj el Barajineh – Airport Road

Telephone: 01/450909-808

Mobile: 03/451239



Planet Discovery: Children’s Science Museum

Planet Discovery Children’s Science Museum is a favored destination for the 3- to 15-year olds children. Interactive experiments, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and awareness competitions, are a major source of scientific experience.

Address and Contact:

Omar El Daouk Street, near Starco Center, Downtown

Tel: 01 980650



Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.



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