Matbouli House Museum - Jeddah

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Matbouli House Museum, زقاق القمصاني, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
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Description

Matbouli House Museum is a privately owned property located on Al-Qossani Alley in Al-Balad District, Jeddah. This museum was a traditional Hijazi merchant’s home, which has since been converted into a museum. It is almost 400 years old and was designed in the urban architectural style when it was built.

Architecture and Design 

The house belongs to a local wealthy family and has been minimally renovated to preserve the authenticity of the place. It has two entrances and four floors and features some stunning wooden-latticed balconies at the front. Inside the house, you will find old gramophones, classic stairwells, beautiful wooden ceilings, antiques, and local artifacts. There is also a bureau for senior guests and a basement that collects rainwater. 

A visit to this museum will give an insight into what everyday life in Al Balad looked like back in the day. Unfortunately, some parts of the house, such as the rooftop, are still not open to visitors. However, there are plenty of other parts that are accessible that give you a thorough idea of the centuries-old culture. 

Visiting the Museum

The house is unarguably one of the best historical attractions in the region when it comes to peeking into the traditional lifestyle of the ancient Arabs. Be sure to take a guide or a translator who can provide you with the history and importance of the house. With an entrance ticket costing ten riyals per person, this museum is worth a visit.

Location

Matbouli House Museum, زقاق القمصاني, Jeddah Saudi Arabia

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QaisarMughalPk

QaisarMughalPk

09/11/2022 04:33

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Al-Balad was founded in the 7th century and historically served as the centre of Jeddah.[3] Al-Balad's defensive walls were torn down in the 1940s. In the 1970s and 1980s, when Jeddah began to become wealthier due to the oil boom, many Jeddawis moved north, away from Al-Balad,[4] as it reminded them of less prosperous times.[5] Al-Balad had insufficient parking space for large cars. Its stores did not sell expensive designer clothing. Poor immigrants moved in place of the Saudi population.[4] The municipality of Jeddah began historical preservation efforts in the 1970s. In 1991 the Municipality of Jeddah founded the Jeddah Historical Preservation Society to preserve the historical architecture and culture of Al-Balad. In 2002, US$4 million were earmarked for the preservation society.[5] In 2009, Al-Balad was nominated by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities to be added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, and it was accepted in 2014.[6] In order to preserve the old structures within Al-Balad, the Historical Area Preservation Department was established in 1990, hoping also to help promoting cultural tourism in the country.[citation needed] The Saudi Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, pledged $13.33 million to restore the old city in Jeddah as there were 56 buildings in urgent need of repair.[7] Many Jeddawis had moved away from Al-Balad by 2007; the streets of Balad were still packed with people during the month of Ramadan.[2] Around that year the Jeddah Urban Development Company was formed to restore Al-Balad.[8] Qaisarmughalpk
Carolina Arias Gallego

Carolina Arias Gallego

07/24/2021 22:54

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Impressive place. Interesting to visit inside Al Balad and cheap entry (10sar)
Ayaz Ahmed

Ayaz Ahmed

05/25/2021 12:36

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This house of a wealthy local noble family provides an insight into the lifestyle of yesteryears. The women's and men's quarters and separate and have their own majlis (sitting area ). It is well preserved and all rooms furnished with traditional accessories and props. Loved all the small details
#rAnU style

#rAnU style

09/19/2020 20:05

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Good place for the weekend
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#rAnU sf

09/19/2020 20:05

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Good place for the weekend
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