National Museum
National Museum
4.5
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The history of Islam is the major focus of this museum, which consists of 10 galleries, courtyards and a section that houses fancy cars and other belongings of the founding king of Saudi Arabia.
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  • NILADRI BIHARI NAYAK
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience History and Heritage of Saudi in 3 hours
    One of the best museum I have seen so far. Thanks to Technology like AR VR. Immersive experience, light and sound, guidance. Free entry. Don't forget to buy something from gift shop
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 9, 2023
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Museum
    This is a very large museum that does a good job of explaining the history of Saudi Arabia and the Muslim faith. At first I thought it was a little odd that they would focus so much on religion but it makes a lot of sense when you consider how the closely intertwined the country and religion are. I spent about 90 minutes here and learned a lot, particularly about the Muslim faith.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 12, 2024
  • mwhamburger
    Seattle, Washington829 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a well laid out museum that helps you gain lot of insights into the history and culture
    plans to spend at least a couple of hours here and you will learn a lot. On display is a skeleton of a Platybelodon and Ichthyosaur; very interesting also the huge meteorite that was found in the Wabar crater. You will learn about the pre 14 pre Islamic Arabian kindoms on the Arabian Peninsular 5 BC - 700 AD. The overall collection is marvelous. The outside gardens are also worth visiting and enjoying
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written February 1, 2024
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WMBandit
Shanghai, China2,065 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Good attraction to learn about the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Spacious, informative and close to Masmak Fortress, the National Museum is divided into many halls in chronological order which gives visitors a walk through history from ancient times to now. Friednly staff and nice layout. Information pamphlet would be great for the future.
Written February 7, 2020
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Irshad Ismail
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
During my 3 decades of living in Riyadh, this is my second trip to the national museum of Riyadh. Though my first visit was around 15 years ago, now things have improved very much. The reception was courteous and guided through the pace with a booklet. Entrance is free. Nice, clean and specious. A large meteorite found in the empty quarter of the Saudi Arabian desert is displayed at the entrance.
Museum exhibits everything from culture, art and from Stone Age to replicas of the buildings, artifacts of all kinds. Can explore Arabian prehistory in all levels from pre-Islamic era. A good 3-4 hours is sufficient. Open on Fridays from 4 to 11 P.M. Other days check before you arrive. Being weekend only a handful of people so you take your own time to go through and read each artifact. Islamic culture is displayed on the second floor. Outside the fortress is also worth exploring. Plenty of parking and space for the children. Overall a very good environment. Everyone must visit at least once if you are in town.
Written September 9, 2021
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marycoons
Hanover, MN269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This was a fabulous museum and very interesting from the prehistoric elephant that used to exist in Saudi to the history of Arabic writing systems and everything in between. I definitely recommend visiting (allow yourself 2.5 hours so you have time to explore the many park areas surrounding the museum if you have the opportunity to visit Riyadh.

As an American who only knows English, there is English everywhere!
Written July 11, 2023
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Masood K
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania1,468 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I say clean, because it is very well kept museum and crisp, because they have marked the floor with arrows, so a visitor knows how to move around in the museum and see everything, without missing out on any thing.

It really educates the visitor with regard to Arabian History and Islamic history, with some original artifacts, that takes you back in time.

Once should visit this museum to get an insight into the Arabian culture, clothing, lifestyle, etc.

One of the interesting aspect is indulging visitors into trying their hands on water colour painting, by giving an empty paper cup to paint with paints provided by the museum. An excellent Idea.

Keep it Up
Written March 5, 2022
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Sarah W
United Kingdom10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
Free museum. We had a few issues finding the entrance (it's off the park with water running through it, not at the front of the building).

The good stuff - inside is a lovely little museum with welcoming staff. Well laid out with downstairs being the land and human development of the Arabian peninsula over millennia. I loved this area. Upstairs covers Islam, Saudi and the Saud family. Most information was in Arabic and English.

Could be improved - Sadly no cafe for lunch (maybe due to Covid). I would have enjoyed seeing some Arabian artworks, more physical exhibits in each area, and a deeper dive into some areas (eg meanings of stone carvings).
Written February 5, 2022
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Bashar Salman
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Entrance fee is only 10 riyals. Receptionist was gracious and welcoming, lots of interesting stuff about Saudi Arabia history and The museum is well organize and easy to go around.
Beautiful park inside and huge place to walk around and relax.
Written January 13, 2020
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a very large museum that does a good job of explaining the history of Saudi Arabia and the Muslim faith. At first I thought it was a little odd that they would focus so much on religion but it makes a lot of sense when you consider how the closely intertwined the country and religion are. I spent about 90 minutes here and learned a lot, particularly about the Muslim faith.
Written January 12, 2024
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Alan Joyce
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I visited this the last time I was in Riyadh. It is a brilliant museum charting the history of the country and also how it developed its oil production. The museum is large and spacious with lots of attractions and things to see. Its very clean and elegant. You can definitely spend 2-3 hours there.
Written October 12, 2022
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raj b
Bharuch, India160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Beautifully set exhibition with lots of information. Many interesting things to see -- in fact one should bring more time than I did to visit this museum. It was a pity that most of the videos were in Arabic only. We were part of a conference, so a meal was arranged after the visit: really good local food!
Written February 7, 2020
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Rick W
Sevenoaks, UK2,322 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This place is enormous! Spacious halls, innovative exhibits, and a helpful yellow trail of dots on the floor to guide you round. It starts with a big meteorite and dinosaurs and moves onto the history of the Arabian peninsula from 6,000 BC pretty well to the current day. The large galleries are well presented with clear labels in English and Arabic. BUT...we were the ONLY visitors! Not a single soul else was there. No coffee shop. No gift shop. And not much English spoken by the friendly attendants either. People say you must visit the museum. It did not 'wow' me, although it was well presented. I just did not find it that interesting. But it was air conditioned, modern and cool. Oh, and free!
Written May 31, 2023
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