Riyadh Province
Museum

Historical Diriyah Museum - Riyadh

4.3
Diriyah Museum, Wadi Hanifah St, Ad Diriyah Saudi Arabia
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Description

Located in the historic district of At-Turaif on the outskirts of the capital city Riyadh, Diriyah Museum transforms the 18th century ruins of At-Turaif into an open air museum. At-Turaif was the birthplace of the first saudi state and was the original seat of power for the Al-Saud family. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2010 and has been undergoing a long restoration process ever since to bring back the historical legacy of the city. 

Historical value

The museum uses artifacts, handicrafts, and tools to showcase the history of the ruling family and the kingdom’s heritage, and tells a story about the history and development of Diriyah. A walk through this museum and the district's streets provides an insight into what the earliest Saudi state looked like and how the ruling family used to live. 

Architecture

At night time, the area past the gateway is illuminated by different colored lights that combine with the newly built protective walls to give this historical place a more modern look. The museum also uses projectors, screens, and modern lighting to make it easier for the visitor to navigate their way through the mud walls of the ancient city. The museum also has a traditional market that is home to handicrafts and souvenirs dedicated to the culture of Old Diriyah.

Location

Diriyah Museum, Wadi Hanifah St, Ad Diriyah Saudi Arabia

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Majed Al Jahni

Majed Al Jahni

09/06/2022 06:40

Google review

Amazing 🤩
Rebekah Henderson

Rebekah Henderson

07/09/2022 10:20

Google review

My friends and I traveled to see this site and were so disappointed to get there and find out it is closed to construction. We were so excited since seeing information about it at the Expo 2020 in Dubai and did not find any information online about it being under construction.
rohan viegas

rohan viegas

07/04/2022 15:17

Google review

Historical Place beautifully maintained. A must visit place if you in Riyadh.
Sam Horine

Sam Horine

06/29/2022 17:08

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Really nice site to see some Saudi history - was a bit hot but I suppose that’s par for the course. Def stay for the sunset projector show on the old palace.
Adnan Ahmed

Adnan Ahmed

06/02/2022 22:27

Google review

One of the best preserved historic places in Saudi Arabia. This place definitely takes you back in time. It’s under development now but still worth a visit. We went in May 2022 and it was closed . But we could still see the site from outside. It’s magnificent 😍
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