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.
Sidon Soap Museum
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.
Aram Bezikian Museum: Armenian Genocide Orphans
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.