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.

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Matbouli House Museum, زقاق القمصاني, Jeddah Saudi Arabia

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Virginia L

Virginia L

01/25/2024 17:09

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Very unique house that can be visit for a better understanding of local architecture.
Abdi

Abdi

01/21/2024 12:39

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If you want to see what the inside of a house of al balad looks like then this is the perfect place to visit. Entry fee is 10riyal which is paid at the door very cheap and it is quiet most of the time as I went during the day. No advance booking required. Inside there is preserved rooms during the time of the residents of al balad which is furnished with items of that time. Really interesting history of Saudi
elena korobova

elena korobova

12/19/2023 15:03

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It's one of the old homes that you can enter. Very interesting to see how reach people use to live in this area. Home has 3 floors and some very beautiful decor still remains on the walls. Original wooden hand crafted furniture looks pretty good till now. Its not Very old home but really worth to visit! The guy took 10 sar per person on entering.
Alina Mansurova

Alina Mansurova

07/18/2023 11:30

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It was great to get a chance to see an old Jeddah house inside as inside it is quite authentic, the wooden carved ceilings and carvings on the walls are beautiful! As it is an old house, you should be careful as the floors are uneven and staircases are narrow and quite steep. Although the exhibits do not belong to the house, they still show the lifestyle of Saudi in the last century. There are ACs and sitting areas in most rooms so it can be a place for some rest in the Jeddah heat. The entrance ticket is just 10SAR, it should be paid in cash. The main disadvantage is that all signs are in Arabic and there is no information telling about the house (at least there was non in English).
Majed Badghaish

Majed Badghaish

03/28/2023 06:11

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An experience that needs to be repeated.. kids were fascinated by the history and build structure. Walking around and observing the architecture of history made us appreciate the hard work and effort put into the build.
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