The National Museum Riyadh
The National Museum of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh is the region’s premier gallery space where visitors can learn more about Islam and Arabian history from prehistoric times to present day plus view important Islamic works of art — all under the same roof.
The National Museum is just a short ten minute drive along King Abdulaziz Road from the upscale Radisson Blu Hotel in Riyadh, making it easy for the hotel’s guests to reach.
Culture and history in an afternoon
All the exhibits here are explained in both English and Arabic, so even non-locals will be able to appreciate them. With so much to take in, visitors should bookmark at least three or four hours to explore the National Museum at a leisurely pace.
Highlights at the National Museum include a model of the largest Ottoman era castle, an exquisite gold and copper Ka’aba door from 1624 AD and fascinating pottery objects belonging to one of the oldest civilizations which thrived from about 6500 to 3800 BC.
For anyone who has just arrived in Riyadh and wants to understand Islam (the world’s second largest religion after Christianity) and Arabic culture, the National Museum is a must-see destination.
Staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh
Guests staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Riyadh are lucky enough to be near all the major sights to explore, including the Wadi Hanifa, bustling souks and the Masmak Fortress. This chic hotel is renowned for its splendid range of eating options: guests can choose between Japanese, Mediterranean and pan-Arabian delicacies, all set in elegant surroundings.