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King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Ithra - Dharan

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King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Ithra, Ring Road, Dhahran Saudi Arabia
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Description

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture,  also known as Ithra is a museum located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 

Architecture and History 

The center was built and inaugurated in 2016 with a focus on culture, learning and cross-cultural activities. The building was designed by a Norwegian architectural firm and is an amazing sight with its futuristic architecture. The center was also listed by the Time magazine as one of the top 100 places to visit in 2018. 

Entertainment

The museum is suitable for all age groups and inside the center, one can find a children’s museum, library, cinema, theater, exhibition halls, and a separate gallery for natural history.The theater inside the museum has a 900-seat auditorium.

The center hosts seasonal events, exhibits and workshops that people can sign up for on the museum’s website. An energy exhibit is held in a separate building which showcases multiple interactive displays and gives a detailed explantion about oil refining, production and the energy industry.

The building has a huge library where visitors can sit either to study or marvel at the architecture. Some restaurants and pop ups are also found in the vicinity. The trip to the museum can be very educational and enlightening. It provides an excellent learning opportunity in terms of culture and art especially for children.

The indoor activities are open until 10 pm but most sections begin to close down after 9 pm. Visitors should plan trips of 4 to 6 hours at least in order to experience everything the museum has to offer.

Destination Type
Landmark
Museum

Location

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Ithra, Ring Road, Dhahran Saudi Arabia

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Madhumitha Jathanna

Madhumitha Jathanna

08/02/2023 21:25

Google review

It’s a marvelous place with plenty of books, history and paintings. We visited all the 4 museums earth, art,tradition and light & energy. They have a big library expanding to 4 floors with different books from all over the world. There is a children museum and workshops for kids too. Entry and library is free but if you wish to visit those 4 museums then it costs 35SAR per person.
Jov Tulagan

Jov Tulagan

07/09/2023 20:08

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One of the most fascinating places I've ever been to. The museum is a fusion of traditional and modern technology that made it highly interactive. All corners scream innovation Plus the building itself is an exceptionally stunning!
Aamna Khan

Aamna Khan

06/17/2023 09:01

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Must visit. This place is very nice and informative. The place is architect marvel. The place is good for families. The ambience is great. The hospitality is good. The volunteers guide you well. One can acquire lots of knowledge and also enjoy. There are events held for entertainment purposes. Events conducted on eids and national day are worth experiencing. Everything is just fine about this place. Parking space is huge. There are restaurants. I would recommend buying tickets in advance for hassle free enjoyment.
Jana Krištanová

Jana Krištanová

04/29/2023 12:28

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This place is definitely not something for a half a day visit. I would say that even a day might not be enough. The center contains multiple exhibitions, each one of them would be for few hours, if you want to hear or hear everything. Besides exhibitions, there is a library that is located on multiple floors. It looks really nice and it has also books in English, for example. There is a wifi available for the visitors, which will come handy if you want to listen to audio guide created from the exhibitions. Another thing that I found handy were multiple cafés and restaurants. This way, a visitor can really spend the whole day at the place without worrying too much about being hungry.
Mostafa Alabed

Mostafa Alabed

04/29/2023 12:26

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Well organized. It gets busy during holidays. It has activities for children and adults mostly free or around 40sr. It's free to enter and explore especially the library. Very beautiful and quiet place during normal days. It's a most to visit.
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