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Welcome to National Museum of Beirut

National Museum of Beirut

The National Museum of Beirut - located in Museum Street, in the heart of the city - has a history that is almost as interesting as that of the artefacts it houses. In 1975, during the Lebanese Civil War, the museum stood on the demarcation line between the warring factions and suffered extensive damage to its Egyptian Revival-styled building - and would have had many of its treasures destroyed had it not been for heroic pre-emptive measures undertaken by a committed group of individuals. These days, the museum - which spreads over three floors - is renowned for its collection of ancient Phoenician objects; as well as its beautifully-organised exhibitions of artefacts from the area, which take the visitor on a journey from prehistoric times, through the Bronze and Iron Ages, to the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and medieval Malmuk Periods. Affordable and fascinating, the National Museum of Beirut is a wonderful way to spend an hour or two, soaking up the considerable antiquity of the region.

Information & Facts

Museum Street, Beirut
5,000 LP (Adults); 1,000 LP (Students and Under-18s)
Arabic is the official language. French and English are also spoken.

The official currency is the Lebanese Pound (LBP), which is divided into 100 Piastres. The Lebanese Pound is locally known as the 'Lira'. ATM machines are widely available in Lebanon except in isolated towns and cash can be withdrawn from banks during business hours. Credits cards are widely used and travellers checks in US dollars are accepted at major exchange offices.

Opening Times
Open every day except Mondays, from 9am to 5pm
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
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