National Museum of Beirut

The National Museum of Beirut is the main archeological museum in Lebanon. The collection started after World War I, and the museum was officially opened in 1942. The collection includes approximately 100,000 objects, most of which are antiquities and medieval finds from excavations undertaken by the Directorate General of Antiquities. About 1,300 artifacts are exhibited, and date from prehistoric times to the medieval Mamluk period.

During the 1975 Lebanese Civil War, the museum stood on the front line that separated the warring factions and the building and its collection suffered extensive damage, although most of the artifacts were saved through last-minute pre-emptive measures.

Contact Details

  • Name: Anne Marie Afeiche, Collection representative, update details
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  • Address: Mathaf Main Street, Mathaf, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Tel: +961 1 612 260
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