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Beirut National Museum (Musée National de Beyrouth)
Beirut National Museum (Musée National de Beyrouth)

Beirut National Museum (Musée National de Beyrouth)

Tues–Sun 9am–5pm
Museum Street, on the corner of Damascus St. and Abdallah El Yafi Ave., Beirut, Lebanon

The basics

Civilizations from Canaanites and Phoenicians to Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have called Lebanon home over the past 3,000-odd years and the collection pays tribute to the region’s rich history. Larger pieces dominate the ground floor, including mosaics and carvings; the eerie basement area houses sarcophagi and funeral urns; while the informative first floor holds treasures from the Bronze Age royal cemetery at Byblos and more. Many Beirut tours visit the National Museum: Board a hop-on hop-off bus tour, join a city tour—vehicle transfers let you see more than walking tours—or opt for a tour focused on history or museums.

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Beirut Historical Tour with National Museum, Beiteddine Palace & Deir El Qamar
Beirut Historical Tour with National Museum, Beiteddine Palace & Deir El Qamar
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$90.00 per adult
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Great day out
A great trip our tour guide was amazing. Showed us a different beirut and the history of a incredible city. Museum is a must see
Edward_L, May 2022

Things to know before you go

  • There’s a small charge to enter the museum.
  • If you’re not visiting with a guide, ask at reception for a museum iPad. Bring your passport as security.
  • The historic building has an elevator and an accessible bathroom, making it largely wheelchair-friendly.
  • The Beirut National Museum is stroller-friendly and kids go half price.
  • The US Department of State cautions against visiting Lebanon for reasons of security. It’s worth checking your government’s advice before traveling.
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How to get there

The Beirut National Museum sits in central Beirut, about two miles (three kilometers) south of the souks. From east Beirut, catch bus number 7; from west Beirut or the Cola bus station, catch bus number 24.

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When to get there

The museum is open from morning until late afternoon Tuesday through Sunday. It closes on Mondays and is busiest on weekends.

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Beirut’s Best Museums

Once known as the Paris of the East, Beirut is a cultured city. The Archaeological Museum of the American University in Beirut boasts another world-class archaeology collection, albeit on a smaller scale than the National Museum; the Mim Mineral Museum is an international-standard geological museum; while the Nicolas Sursock Museum hosts modern art in an opulent Italo-Ottoman mansion.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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