Three days in Beirut allow you to check off the city’s signature sights and discover the joys of Lebanese food. In addition to the coastal charms of Byblos and the beautiful Jeita Grotto, you can get out into the valleys and add one (or two) more of Lebanon’s UNESCO-listed sites to your list.
Beirut National Museum (Musée National de Beyrouth)
Museum Street, on the corner of Damascus St. and Abdallah El Yafi Ave., Beirut, Lebanon
Civilizations from Canaanites and Phoenicians to Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have called Lebanon home over the past 3,000-odd years and the collection pays tribute to the region’s rich history. Larger pieces dominate the ground floor, including mosaics and carvings; the eerie basement area houses sarcophagi and funeral urns; while the informative first floor holds treasures from the Bronze Age royal cemetery at Byblos and more. Many Beirut tours visit the National Museum: Board a hop-on hop-off bus tour, join a city tour—vehicle transfers let you see more than walking tours—or opt for a tour focused on history or museums.
Beirut Historical Tour with National Museum, Beiteddine Palace & Deir El Qamar
$90.00 per adult
Great day out
A great trip our tour guide was amazing. Showed us a different beirut and the history of a incredible city. Museum is a must see
Edward_L, May 2022
Things to know before you go
- There’s a small charge to enter the museum.
- If you’re not visiting with a guide, ask at reception for a museum iPad. Bring your passport as security.
- The historic building has an elevator and an accessible bathroom, making it largely wheelchair-friendly.
- The Beirut National Museum is stroller-friendly and kids go half price.
- The US Department of State cautions against visiting Lebanon for reasons of security. It’s worth checking your government’s advice before traveling.
How to get there
The Beirut National Museum sits in central Beirut, about two miles (three kilometers) south of the souks. From east Beirut, catch bus number 7; from west Beirut or the Cola bus station, catch bus number 24.
When to get there
The museum is open from morning until late afternoon Tuesday through Sunday. It closes on Mondays and is busiest on weekends.
Beirut’s Best Museums
Once known as the Paris of the East, Beirut is a cultured city. The Archaeological Museum of the American University in Beirut boasts another world-class archaeology collection, albeit on a smaller scale than the National Museum; the Mim Mineral Museum is an international-standard geological museum; while the Nicolas Sursock Museum hosts modern art in an opulent Italo-Ottoman mansion.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Beirut National Museum (Musée National de Beyrouth)?
Attractions near Beirut National Museum (Musée National de Beyrouth):
What else should I know about attractions in Beirut?
- Mim Mineral Museum Beirut (Mim Musée des Minéraux Beyrouth)
- Martyrs' Square (Place des Martyrs)
- Banque du Liban Museum (Musée de la Banque du Liban)
- Downtown Beirut (Beirut Central District)
- Hamra Street (Rue Hamra)
- Jeita Grotto
- Our Lady of Lebanon (Notre Dame du Liban)
- Beiteddine (Beit ed-Dine)
- Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)
- Byblos (Jbeil)
- Chateau Ksara
- Sidon (Saida)
- Qadisha Valley (Wadi Kadisha)