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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Location

Matbouli House Museum, زقاق القمصاني, Jeddah Saudi Arabia

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Rahim

Rahim

03/18/2023 05:21

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We didn't have cash to pay for the tickets so the guy at the entrance sent us to pay at the juice shop next door. Paid by visa tap... The guy who took the payment was angry at us for paying with visa citing it should've been debt only lol Many items are or felt not authentic but still nice experience overall knowing that the building is over 400 years old. There are multiple AC units but none of them was turned on so it was quite warm. There are steep steps between the floors so not friendly with people having challenge with that.
Muammer YILMAZ

Muammer YILMAZ

02/06/2023 22:27

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Very nice building and very interesting to see inside, how it’s big, and how people live before…
Muhammad Kamran

Muhammad Kamran

01/29/2023 05:41

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Nice place to visit and to know the history of start of Al e Saud government and particularly The Jeddah This is the first place (as told by a local friend) from where 1st King of KSA operated his government Highly recommended to visit
M Sadah

M Sadah

01/07/2023 13:30

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Great experience despite the lack of regular cleaning.
Samir Matbouli

Samir Matbouli

01/07/2023 04:25

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It's one of the best houses you visit in the historical city
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