The National Museum
The national museum is unique since it only exhibits antiquities that were unraveled on the Lebanese territory. Built in the 1930's, the museum is considered as one of the richest museums in the Middle East as the antiquities that were exposed inside grew tremendously in numbers with time. The invaluable antiquities tell the story of people and civilizations that had conquered Lebanon and lived in it. The museum was severely damaged during the Lebanese war (1975-1990), but thorough restoration work was undertaken to restore its past glory as the conservator of the Lebanese heritage. It received visitors between 1995 and 1998 before undergoing a second restoration operation to make it consistent with the demands of modernity. In 1999, the museum was reopened to visitors who can travel in time while walking across its 3 floors packed with antiquities.
The Museum opens from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day except Monday
Tel.: 01-426703 – 01-380810
The Robert Mouawad Museum
Known earlier as the Henry Pharaon Palace, the museum was entirely restored by the renowned jeweler and artist Robert Mouawad. The museum comprises a wide array of antiquities, jewelry, Chinese porcelain, carpets, and books. The decorative elements, the mosaics, and the jewels are all artifacts that were made with extreme glamour and finesse, thus combining a future vision with the cultural roots of a glorious past.
Visitors can stand in awe as they lay eyes on formidable artifacts: miniatures, icons, wooden or metal relics, and potteries that date back to the period between the 12th and the 20th century.
The Sursock Museum
The museum is all but the villa of Nicolas Sursock, which was built in 1912. In 1952, the latter gave it to the Beirut municipality which turned it into a hotel until 1960. Since 1961, the villa became an art spot where national and international artists, painters, sculptors, and photographers meet to exhibit their masterpieces.
The AUB Archeological Museum
The museum was founded in 1868 and includes a wide array of antiquities and objects that cover the entire ancient history of the region. This collection represents several aspects of civilizations as it displays flint, currencies, mosaics, and prehistoric tools.
The Lebanese Prehistory Museum-USJ
The museum was inaugurated in 2000. It exposes the results of researches conducted by the Jesuit order as well as a collection of tools and references regarding discoveries that are relative to prehistoric periods in Lebanon. The museum is currently entrusted to the faculty of Literatures and Human Sciences at the St. Joseph University. Several pieces that go back to the prehistoric age are exhibited along with the region where they were found and their age.
The Discovery Planet
The Discovery Planet is a kids' museum where local, regional, and international expositions are held. The museum seeks to provide interactive meetings with the kids through fairs, experiences and workshops.
The artistic expositions' center at the discovery planet is reserved to Lebanese and Arab artists.