Museums & Galleries

Museums & Galleries in Beirut

  • National Museum Of Beirut (Ras El Nabaa, South Ashrafieh). Tu-Su 9AM-5PM, closed Mon and Holidays. About 1,300 artifacts are exhibited, ranging in date from prehistoric times to the medieval Mamluk period mainly dealing with Lebanon's Archeology and History. This museum was on the front line of the Lebanese civil war, and it suffered near complete destruction; it was occupied by militiamen and sustained bullet holes. Although much was lost, many of its most valuable items were saved by its Director of Antiquities at the time, Emir Maurice Chehab and his wife. Smaller objects were hidden in the basement, and larger objects and the mural were encased in concrete. One of the key galleries was rededicated to him as the Maurice Chehab Hall. 5.000L.L (adult), 1.000L.L (students, under 18).
  • Sursock Museum (Ashrafieh District), Rue. Sursock (street), Ashrafieh, Beirut. (Contemporary Modern art), the building itself is a perfect example of the typical 18th century Lebanese palace. Lebanese and International art is permanently displayed in the intricately preserved interior. At July 2010, the museum is closed due to building works next door.
  • Beirut Art Center (Sin El-Fil District), Rue. 97 (street), Sin El-Fil, Beirut. (Contemporary Modern art), the first non-profit public space in Beirut, housing an exhibition space, screening and performance auditorium, bookstore, mediatheque, cafe and terrace. Designed by architect Raed Abi Lama. Tel: 01 397 018.
  • Matignon Gallery (Lebanese and International contemporary art), Sin El Fil, Greater Beirut,  +961 1-500265, +961 1-484115fax: +961 1-484115. Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-2PM.
  • AUB Museum (Hamra District). Archeology and History, the Middle East's oldest museum. Rue. Bliss (Rue. 33), Hamra,(01)340549. Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00, closed holidays.
  • Musee Emmanuel Paul GuiragossianEmmanuel Guiragossian Art School, New Jdeideh, Greater Beirut (near Eden Hotel),  +961 3 711755, e-mail:

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