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Beirut is a living embodiment of everything from the Roman and Ottoman Empires to the hipster charm of modernity; the streets, buildings, and people all tell tales of Beirut’s rich past and heritage. Of the many ways beautiful Beirut tells its story is through a wide array of museums that allow you to immerse yourself in its history.

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BEIRUTvia Archaeology News Network

Lebanon's main archaeological museum, the National Museum of Beirut is one of the biggest in the region and hosts artifacts from the prehistoric era all the way through to the medieval Mamluk Dynasty. 

Location: Museum Street, Damascus Street and Abdallah El Yafi Avenue
Get directions to National Museum of Beirut
Hours of Operation: 9am - 5pm
Contact Number: +9611612260
Facebook: National Museum of Beirut
Email Address: info@beirutnationalmuseum.com 

Cost: 5,000 LL
         1,000 LL (students and under 18)

 

SURSOCK MUSEUMvia Sobeirut

One of the most renowned museums in Lebanon, Sursock museum is home to a large contemporary and modern art collection with everything from paintings and sculptures to graphic art and other visual varieties.

Location: Greek Orthodox Archbishopric Street, Achrafieh
Get directions to Sursock Museum
Hours of Operation:  daily from 11am-7pm, Late opening on Thursdays 1pm-10pm, Closed on Tuesdays.
Contact Number: + 961 1 202 001
Facebook: Sursock Museum
Website: https://sursock.museum/ 
Email Address: info@sursock.museum 
Cost: free

BEIT BEIRUTvia Geraldine Bruneel

Meaning 'Home of Beirut', Beit Beirut is a museum and cultural center commemorating the history of the Lebanese Civil War that lasted from 1975 to 1990 and has shaped a large part of the city's identity.

Location: Independence Street (Elias Sarkis Avenue)
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Hours of Operation: 9am-9pm, closed on Sundays
Facebook: Beit Beirut
Website: http://www.beitbeirut.org/english/ 
Email Address: webmaster@beitbeirut.org 

 

VILLA AUDI MOSAIC MUSEUM via Travel Ask

Only a few steps down from the Sursock Museum is this not-so-little gem of a gallery houses mosaics from all over the world inside the villa belonging to the Audi family (yes, think Audi Bank). Beyond the mosaics, the villa itself is a gem worth exploring.

Location: Rue George Choueri, Achrafieh
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Hours of Operation: 9am - 6pm

Contact Number: +9611200445

BSOUS SILK MUSEUMvia The Silk Museum

Ever wanted to know how silk is made? 15 KM east of Beirut, the Bsous Silk Museum has a permanent collection of live silkworms, and exhibits demonstrating the process from the moment the silkworms hatch until the production of silk thread. There's also a wing dedicated to Eastern silk and gold.

Location: Bsous, Haret Salem
Get directions to The Silk Museum
Hours of Operation: Open daily from May through October, 10am - 6pm, except Mondays. 

Contact Number: +961 5 940767
Facebook: The Silk Museum 
Website: 
wwww.thesilkmuseum.com
Email Address: info@thesilkmuseum.com
Cost:Adults 8000LL

Students 5000 LL
Gardening Workshop 10000LL
Children Under age of 4 admitted free

 

BANQUE DU LIBAN MUSEUMvia Xibitz

Here's a different way to walk through Lebanon's rich history: the Banque Du Liban Museum displays all the banknotes and coins that have been issued by the Central Bank of Lebanon over the years. 

Location: Masraf Lubnan Street, Hamra Street
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Hours of Operation: Tuesday till Thursday : 8:30am - 1:00pm, Friday and Saturday : 8:30am - 12:00pm
Contact Number: +961 1 750 000
Website: http://www.bdl.gov.lb/pages/index/2/314/Banque-Du-Liban-Museum.html 

Email Address: sharb@bdl.gov.lb 

 

MIM MUSEUMvia Ainu, Inc

Mim Museum boasts one of the most significant private collections of minerals in the world, with over 2,000 minerals from 450 different species from 70 different countries.

Location: University of Saint Joseph
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Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 01 pm and 02 pm - 06 pm, Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number:  +961 1 421672
Facebook: MIM Museum
Website: http://www.mim.museum/home 
Email Address: info@mim.museum
Cost: Adults: 6,000 LL, Students: 3,000 LL, 13 to 18 years 2,000 LL, Up to 12 years for free


MUSÉE DE PRÉHISTOIRE LIBANAISE
via Musée de Préhistoire Libanaise

How far back does Lebanese history go? It's prehistoric, and it's fascinating. The Museum of Lebanese Prehistory came to life in collaboration with the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology and the Louvre Museum, and it covers everything from animal and human bones to pottery and tools used in prehistoric Lebanon. They have lots of kids' activities and programs, so keep this one one your list if you're looking for family-friendly options in Beirut. If you don't get to make it to the Musée de Préhistoire Libanaise, their website is also well worth exploring.

Location: University of Saint Joseph
Get directions to Musée de Préhistoire Libanaise
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays to Fridays 8:30 am - 4 pm, Saturdays for big groups, closed on Sundays and Mondays
Contact Number: 01.421.860/2
Facebook: Musée de Préhistoire Libanaise
Website: https://mpl.usj.edu.lb/ 
Email Address: mpl@usj.edu.lb 

Cost: 6,000 LL, 4,000 LL for students till the age of 26

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUTvia Travel Notes

One of the oldest museums in the region, the AUB Archaeological Museum dates back to 1902 (literally) and looks at the history of the entire Near East from the Early Stone Age through to the Islamic Period. Its artifacts come from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq and Iran, so it's an interesting chance to time travel through the region without paying for all the flights. It takes about an hour to make your way through the museum, and you can grab an audio guide from the entrance desk for free on your way in. Not sure if you really want to go? You can explore the AUB Archaeological Museum through a 360 tour before heading over there.

Location: Bliss Street
Get directions to Archaeological Museum of The American University of Beirut
Hours of Operation: in winter Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm, in summer Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm.

Contact Number: + 961 1 759665 / + 961 1 350000 ext: 2660/1
Website: https://website.aub.edu.lb/museum_archeo/Pages/index.aspx 
Email Address: 
museum@aub.edu.lb
Cost: 
free

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