National Museum, Riyadh

Riyadh does not have a ‘tourist visa’. There are some places which are beyond compare behind the ‘Sand Curtain’. One of these is the National Museum in Riyadh, spread over several floors. It has artifacts from the different eras of civilization…the prehistoric to the modern. The culture, way of life and stages of civilization are displayed in a fascinating manner, Ancient manuscripts, works of art, excavated treasures and implements are displayed with captions. There is a listening station, with headphones, in which one can listen to the areas of interest in different languages, including English. There is a viewing area in which animation of the development of mankind is shown,

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The layout of the museum :there are eight main halls on different levels!!!

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The first hall, is called ” Man and Universe”with an area of 1,500 square meters, at the entry point. It has the geological ages, including rocks,  animals and fossilized trees.
The  continental drift is explained here (audio and visual display ).
Minerals, rocks, and fossils are displayed ( millions of years old, in temperature and humidity controlled glass boxes).
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Skeletons of extinct animals of different sizes that settled in that region,  12 million to 17 million years ago, are shown.
Ancient/ primitive techniques and tools used by prehistoric man are shown. Artifacts from the oldest civilization — the so-called Obaid Civilization, five thousand years BC, are shown.
An ancient human handprint carved in a rock found in Najran, in the southern part of the Kingdom, can be seen
There are also artifacts, models and rock-drawings from the prehistoric period , allowing us to understand how mankind lives then.

 

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The listening stations, which educate about the objects/ displays in each of the eight main galleries . There is an option of listening to different languages.

 

 

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