Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum
The Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum is one of the most attractive museums and tourist sites in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it is also one of the state's archaeological and civilizational monuments.
As a result, it has attracted a huge number of princes and politicians, the most well-known of whom are Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
About Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum
The Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum is located in Tayebat, a tiny city created by Abdul Raouf Khalil in the Al-Faisaliah region of Jeddah. The museum's development began in 1987 and was finished and opened in 1996.
It has also been built on a very huge area of about 5,000 square metres, and is now used as the largest showroom in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
It is one of the distinctive museums because it contains a large number of diverse artefacts dating back to the old Arabian Peninsula region, Saudi culture, and also the Islamic civilization of the Ottoman Empire.
It is also interesting because the museum is influenced by Chinese cultures and old European civilizations, creating a wonderful cultural and archaeological combination.
The Sections of the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum
The museum is divided into three sections as follows:
● The first section contains and tells about the initial stage that the Saudi civilization has gone through in terms of heritage and culture while explaining it to visitors in detail.
● The second section tells about the second stage, which is the era of the Ottoman Empire, with its explanation.
● The third section, through which the third stage is presented, tells about the stage of ancient European civilised development.
The museum's most notable feature is its distinctive designs, which were inspired by Islamic as well as Hijazi culture and style, as it comprises carved and adorned wooden compositions such as dormers, doors, and windows of all forms and sizes.
The museum has 19 fountains in addition to containing 18 halls through which beautiful artefacts of ancient heritage are displayed.
One of the most famous and important halls inside the museum is the King Abdul Aziz Hall and also the Hall of metals and stones.
The importance of these halls is due to the archaeological exhibits and artefacts that are displayed inside. Some of these exhibitions and items date back thousands of years. The museum and the halls containing the ancient relics have been created in such a way that each portion and Hall is influenced by ancient times, in terms of architecture, style, inscriptions, and decorations, through which antique treasures are presented. When you visit these halls, you feel as if you have travelled back in time to this ancient age and are able to experience what life was like back then.
It is a very distinctive experience, and the museum is fully compatible with all tourist requirements, and this is in terms of the presentation method, as well as the methods of explaining pieces, eras, and times. It is one of the attractive museums that meets a great demand from tourists outside and inside the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum is one of the huge museums with a very large area, and for this reason, it is considered one of the largest museum galleries not only in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia but in the Arab world.
Finally, the museum is divided into numerous sections based on the exhibits in each sector, with each portion being distinct from the others, with a distinctive history, antiquity, and age. The museum is open to tourists every day of the week, with a little cost to enter and enjoy viewing all of its treasures and having a wonderful time, as it is one of the most famous museums in Jeddah.