MUSEUMS SAUDI ARABIA
National Museum of Saudi Arabia
The National Museum of Saudi Arabia, which opened in Riyadh in 1999 to celebrate the centenary of Saudi unification, was the result of an international design competition. As a member of the competition team, Moriyama & Teshima Planners Limited developed the urban design and landscaping for the 83-acre site of the King Abd Al-Aziz Historical Centre.
The Money Museum at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) is a specialized museum of international standard exhibiting antique Islamic and non-Islamic coins, modern currenies, raw materials used in currency making, pictures showing how banknotes and coins are printed and minted and security features in banknotes.
Bait Naseef is one of the oldest houses in Jeddah. Naseef is a well-known family in the western region of Saudi. They used to open this house as a museum for visitors, though now the Jeddah Municipality is closing it for maintenance. it used to be the residence of Sultan Abdulhamid, the Ottoman and King Abdulaziz.
Abdul Raouf Khalil's Museum
This museum consists of 10,000 items pertaining to the historic civilization which the city of Jeddah went through. The Abdul Raouf Khalil's Museum in Jeddah has been classified into three sections. The first section deals with the old Saudi heritager, the second one deals with the Ottoman Empire and the third one is concerned about the European development. The museum has the collection of the some real gems from the floating wreckage of earlier civilization.
King Abdul Aziz Military Museum
This museum is in association with the Ministry of Defense and Aviation. The museum follows the development of the Saudi Forces. It displays everything from weapons to military uniforms designed especially for college students. You need to be an official visitor, affiliated to the Administration of the Military College, to get a peek into this museum.
Step into the Riyadh Museum for a glimpse of local art and culture. Located to the west of Al-Bathaa, the museum's eight sections explore the diverse history, beautiful architecture and archaeology of Saudi Arabia. Clothing, musical instruments, weapons, and jewellery dating back to the Stone Age are on display here. Other themes on focus include the Arabian Kingdoms, The Prophet's Mission and Hajj and the Two Holy Mosques. Entry is SR15.
The Municipality Museum is opposite the National Commercial Bank headquarters in the old city. It is the only remaining building of several which comprised the British Legation in Jeddah during World War I. Located in a 200-year-old restored traditional house built from Red Sea coral, the museum has interesting photos of the development of Jeddah, along with rooms done up in traditional style.