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Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum


Over the weekend we stumbled quite by accident upon the most beautiful building, surrounded with miniature sculptures of mosques and landmarks. The building is behind the restaurants on Andalus Street, and I could only hastily take photos from a mobile phone, hence the poor picture quality.

 

The Prophet’s Mosque

On returning home, I was bent upon finding out what this place was. Could it be someone’s personal ode to art? Or a hidden treasure in Jeddah? How come I had never heard of a place like this before?

After much searching on Google, I found out exactly what it was. Thanks to Asia Rooms, I learned that this is actually a museum called the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum, and the website gives us the following information:

Known as the Paris of Arabia, Jeddah is one of the wealthiest cities in the world. A destination of the rich and famous, Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia. Though a modern cosmopolitan city, Jeddah has a history which can be traced back to more than 2000 years. The rich and vibrant history of the city and the country is well preserved at the Museums in Jeddah. There are a large number of Museums are a must in the itinerary of the travelers who are interested in the 2,500 year of the city. One of the most visited is the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum in Jeddah.

Beautiful mosques in miniature

The displays at the Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum in Jeddah clearly reflect the history of the country. The museum also traces the various civilizations that

inhabited the region and is divided into three segments for better viewing. The three segments at Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum of Jeddah are:

–   Saudi Heritage
–   Ottoman Empire
–   European Development

The Ka’aba in miniature

The first section at Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum at Jeddah highlights the lives of the early tribes in the region. The second segment displays the years after 1517 when the Ottoman Turks conquered the city of Jeddah and Mecca. The last segment at Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum in Jeddah is the European Development section that traces the modern development after the First World War when King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud conquered the region and founded the modern state of Saudi Arabia.

Recently, the museum was renovated and the rooms at the Museum were made spacious.  Located in the downtown district, the Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum in Jeddah boasts of large collection of items and artifacts belonging to the Ottoman Turks and the fishermen tribes who were the first inhabitants of the region.”

In my search for the museum online, I came across this interesting piece by Robertson International Travel on their visit to Jeddah via cruise ship, and their visit to this museum. Also a better picture of the outside of the museum here by alimkasim and an entire gallery of photos by Adnan Masood.
Next stop must be a visit inside the museum itself. If any of you have been to see this place, leave us a comment and tell us about it.

– Sabaa Ali

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8 thoughts on “Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum

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  3. i want to know more details, what is the entry fee and can v take school students?

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  5. Kristina on said:

    “I came across this interesting piece by Robertson International Travel on their visit to Jeddah”….The writers of that blog mis-identified the museum. They were actually at the Al-Tayebat International City Museum for Sciences & Knowledge
    Al-Jazeerah St. Tel: +966-503601376 and Tel: +966-2-6830042 . For the record, I’ve visited that museum myself and can tell you that it’s there and worth seeing.

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  6. Kristina on said:

    You wrote, “Next stop must be a visit inside the museum itself.”…The reason you only found a miniature of the museum is because the real thing burned down ten years ago. Search the website of the Arab News: “Friday 29 November 2002…JEDDAH, 29 November 2002 — For years, Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum stood in Jeddah’s Al-Andalus district as the most famous antiquities museum in Saudi Arabia. Its Disneyland-like facade and vast content made it famous throughout the Middle East, and it was a source of pride for the city of Jeddah. However, in June this year a fire engulfed the four buildings and within hours they were reduced to ashes, along with their over 16,000 unique artifacts.”

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  7. Every news for jeddah pls share with us

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