Visiting different countries is always fun, and experiencing different tastes, visiting new places, and getting to know another – or your own – country’s heritage should always play a big part of your journey. And there’s no better place to do so other than at a museum. A place where you can walk in the hallways of the country’s course of development, exploring its victorious battles, and all the little things that played a big role in constructing what the country is today, from its broad collection of jewellery, weapons, literature, and even unusual objects like silk and soap. Here at Beirut View, we provide you with our list of Lebanon’s Must Visit Museums.
If you’re a seeker of the beauties of history, whether you’re a foreigner or one of the locals, this museum should definitely be on your “must visit” list. Robert Mouawad Private Museum is one of Lebanon’s most prestigious and elegant museums. With its breathtaking garden, filled with monuments, to the spectacular mansion packed with gorgeous jewellery, our ancient Lebanese flag going back to the 1960s, books, and even Chinese porcelain, you will be treated with a trip back in time to some of Lebanon’s finest periods.
This might be the first you hear of a soap museum, but it exists, and it’s one of Lebanon’s most wonderfully informative monuments. Dating back to the 13th century, this landmark is located in Saida (Sidon), South Lebanon and is a fragrant delight for the senses. Saida has been famed for its production of olive oil-based soap throughout history. The museum not only provides its visitors with a historical tour but also introduces them to the fascinating procedure of soap making. We reckon you’ll enjoy the tour, but enjoy the soap factory shop even more.
In addition to our soap production, Lebanon was also renowned in history for its silk production. Based in Bsous, Mount Lebanon, The Silk Museum introduces its visitors to the ancient secret production of silk. Despite being first discovered in China, silk production made its way to our Lebanese lands and became one of our great commercial and cultural historical heritages. Whether you’re a fashionista, a history fanatic, or just a person with a passion for aesthetics, this place has something for you.
The next museum on our list takes us down a more solemn journey. Based in Byblos, Jbeil, the Aram Bezikian Museum plays a large role in maintaining the memory of the lost souls of the Armenian Genocide that occurred in 1915, and introducing the story of the surviving orphans and their journey of resettlement and adjustment in Lebanon, their new home. This museum plays a big role in introducing the world to one of history’s most heartbreaking events.
The Banque Du Liban Museum is considered to be one of the world’s most beautifully executed museums of coins and bank notes. Your visit begins with a short movie, followed by a tour with one of the superb staff members. After the tour, visitors are free to roam as they please. The tour includes a look at some of Lebanon’s remarkable collections of paper money and coins, a marvel to behold for both avid collectors and passing tourists alike.
Amongst beautiful olive groves, old stone terraces and gardens, discover the secrets of silk at The Silk Museum, Bsous, Caza Aley.
Visit the Silk Museum and its gardens from early May until early November.
Shop at the Boutique for artisanal and local produce whilst enjoying a drink, coffee or mini snack. Buy a wide range of beautiful and aromatic plants that you see in the gardens.
Find ways throughout the Museum to link with the scented spice routes,
the famous ‘Silk Road’ and the ancient exchanges of silk between the land of the Cedar and the East and the West.
The Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum is a modern and contemporary art museum in the center of Beirut first opened in 1961, with a mission to collect, preserve, and exhibit local and international art.
Through our collection, archives, exhibitions, and public programs, we aim to produce knowledge on art practices in the region and explore work that reflects on our contemporary moment. Our goal is to support local art production, to provide a platform for encounter and experimentation with art and ideas, and to inform and challenge different audiences in new and unexpected ways.
The American University of Beirut has embarked upon a new initiative to play an active role in promoting fine and contemporary art in the region. This website has been created to inform the internet community on the progress of this new endeavor.
The very first step taken in this new direction coincided with the generous donation of Dr. Samir Saleeby to AUB. The Rose and Shaheen Saleeby Collection includes paintings by artists of different generations, ranging from Khalil Saleeby (1870-1928) and Cesar Gemayal (1898-1958) to Omar Onsi (1901-1969) and Saliba Douaihy (1912-1994). It also features works by Haidar Hamaoui (b. 1937), Chucrallah Fattouh (b. 1956), and Robert Khoury (b. 1923). The Saleeby donation is the cornerstone upon which AUB will establish a comprehensive collection of modern and contemporary art from the region. Our goal is to integrate this art into the process of learning as much as possible, and to make it available for critical reflection and study.
The new initiative commenced with the launching of new art spaces located in and around AUB campus and the planning of a new museum of art. The exhibition of the works of Khalil Saleeby, which opened in the summer of 2012 at AUB Art Gallery in Sidani Street, was the first of many projects in connection with this initiative. This website will bring to public attention exhibitions, publications, projects and events (both current and upcoming, historical and contemporary), acting as a portal that brings into contact public, artistic and academic communities within the country, across the region and internationally.
AUB Art Galleries Curator
Believing in all things beautiful, a quest to bring together items of esthetic and historical value, to present a culture emphasized and never lost, no matter how diverse under the same roof, in one mansion at the very heart of downtown Beirut. The Robert Mouawad Private Museum portrays the vision and mirrors the appreciation bestowed by Henri Pharaon on his tenderly crafted collection, a gleaming reflection of the past now confirmed a guardianship into the future.
Planet Discovery’s interactive exhibitions and programs contribute to childhood development and encourage self-guided exploration, providing opportunities for children to learn by doing.
Journey into the Stars!
Revisiting the solar system 400 years after Galileo, this exhibition brings us up to date on the latest discoveries in our galaxy.
Children work in teams to achieve a common goal while developing their social and physical coordination skills in this pretend construction site.
How do ants form colonies? Learn about these organized insects with a giant ant figurine and model ant hill.
What makes you, You?:
Find out what happens before birth, why our bodies develop and how genetics influence who you are.
Explore the laws of physics with the zigzag light box, Pythagorean theorem, gears, magnets and more!
Whisper through the tubes! Discover the technology that people used to communicate across distances.
Sugars… in the body:
Where does sucrose come from, and what happens to sugar in your body? Follow the journey of sugar molecules, from sugar cane to glucose.
Listen, see, touch, smell and taste! With our five senses, we perceive the surrounding world and adapt to changes in our environment. Flex your sensory muscles in this exhibition dedicated to touch, smell and sight.
The Wall is thought to be the inspiration for the town’s name by some historians. Batroun is thought to come from the Arabic word “bater” meaning to cut. This is in reference to the wall “cutting” the sea to protect Batroun from potentially destructive tidal waves.
It was originally sand dunes petrified on the eve of the fourth geological era around one million years ago. Men at Batroun started hewing it to take hard sands rocks in order to build sand rocks in order to build temples, houses, shops hotels, schools, convents and even ledges that border properties in Batroun. This process went on until it took its present shape that dates back to the first century B.C. The length of the wall is 225m., its width on the top between 1m and
This process went on until it took its present shape that dates back to the first century B.C. The length of the wall is 225m., its width on the top between 1m and 1.5m. This stood against sea storms and invaders.