Visit Saudi Arabia Culture & History at the National Museum Riyadh

This Saudi Arabia travel blog episode features the National Museum in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. The museum is a super modern and very well curated place to offer insights on Saudi Arabia’s culture and history. From the early beginnings of mankind to the times of early Islam in Medina, to the birth of the state of Saudi Arabia, up to today’s modern Kingdom, the museum offers in-depth perspectives in 7 exhibitions. If you plan to visit Saudi Arabia, this museum is a must see starting point to provide a sound grounding and lots of useful background information on your visits throughout the country.

My favorite exhibition was the one on the two holy cities, Mecca and Medina, with amazing models of the massive expansions of the holy mosques of Islam. Especially the haram expansion in Mecca and the Masjid An Nabawi models are huge and provide a great perspective for those who plan to travel there – or just want to get a sense of what is happening in the two holy cities of Islam. So if Saudi Arabia is part of your Middle East travel plans and you are ready for your KSA vacation, check out the National Museum in Riyadh. I recommend factoring in at least 2 hours, although you could spend much more time there. Entrance is cheap at only SAR 10 (~US$2.50).

This travel vlog covers the following questions:

  • What is the National Museum of Saudi Arabia?
  • What can I expect at the museum?
  • How much is the entrance fee?
  • Which are the 7 exhibitions of the museum?
  • What is the architecture like?
  • What are the opening times of the National Museum in Riyadh?
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