As somebody who has grown up in a house full of history lovers, I have a firm appreciation for museums and history, therefore, when I moved to Riyadh one of the first places that I wanted to visit was the National Museum of Saudi Arabia.
I booked my first taxi in Riyadh and off we drove into the chaos of the city! I remember that the traffic was so bad that day, but I didn’t care! It was so interesting to drive through the city for the first time.
When we arrived at the museum I was taken aback. The building was huge and appeared empty (I later learned this was because I had visited on a school day.)
When I started to walk around the museum and visit the different exhibits I have to say that I was really impressed. The exhibits were filled to the brim with detail and interesting information.
One of my particular favourites was the timeline of Islamic history; it was very informative and useful as I often struggle to remember dates.
I also enjoyed learning interesting facts such as the fact that there used to be elephants in Saudi Arabia -who knew?
If you do go to the museum, be sure to check the opening times online on the museum website.
Also, the museum is also located next door to Murubaa Fort. The two sites are seperated with beautiuful green gardens – I loved exploring the area in the sunshine.
The National Museum of Saudi Arabia would make a fun family day out and I would certainly reccomend a trip if you have the chance.