Today, my sister had a couple of Japanese teachers who showed interest in Saudi culture, she offered to take them to the National Museum, which is the most popular tourist attraction site in Riyadh, located in the historical centre of Maruba, where the Maruba Palace building is located. I went with the group to write a report about the place and to show the tourists our admirable history. This was not our first visit, I went there before, long time ago.
We arrived there at 9 a.m. , the weather was hot and sunny, as usual.
The National Museum is on the eastern side of King Abdul Aziz Historical Center; consisting now of beautiful parks, a mosque, and the old original Murba Palace.
The exterior structure of the museum is breathtaking, built carefully using sandstone concrete blocks. It was designed by the architect Raymond Moriyama. The Japanese-Canadian architect was inspired by the form and colors of Riyadh’s magnificent sand dunes.
There are eight exhibition halls in the National Museum of Riyadh. They cover different themes with each having certain unique features. Each hall is fantastic and independent, providing an interesting insight into the past and present conditions of the region. All the eight halls have the display arranged in a chronological order – from the creation of the earth and universe to present day Riyadh.
It starts with ‘Man and Universe’ section, in which there is the famous meteorite (the only thing I remember from my first visit :P).
I took a photo of each exhibition (instead of listing the names, picture is worth a thousand words 😉
of course, i’m not done! 😛
there are millions of other pictures that you don’t wanna miss.
i’ll be posting them later, in my next blog.