Young people nowadays are very interested in researching their country's ancient history through physical and tangible evidence by visiting ancient Aryan museums, which contain the state's ancient history. Being able to see history with their own eyes through material evidence is far superior to knowing it through stories, legends, and tales, but it must be documented by artifacts that they can visit and see, which is what the Hamdan Museum has.
Engineer Khaled Hamdan was keen to give modern generations the ability to see the history of their Saudi state with their own eyes and not through stories and tales, as he was very sensitive to the need of providing everything related to the history of the Saudi state and putting it in his museum to establish the Hamdan ancient heritage museum
Hamdan Museum Location
The Hamdan museum's site was established in the east of the capital, which is the city of Riyadh in the Gulf neighborhood on Tarfawi Street next to the King Fahd sports stadium, so that the museum site is distinguished by a prominent and wonderful location, which is easy to reach, and many seek to visit it and enjoy watching ancient artifacts, which tell us about the history of the state of Saudi Arabia from ancient times to the present.
The Hamdan museum was established and opened after it was authorized by the Ministry of Tourism to be a great addition to the state of Saudi Arabia, it is one of the efforts exerted personally by Engineer Khalid bin Nasser Al-Hamdan, the museum was established initially as a small room, then Engineer Khalid touched on its expansion part by part until it has turned into a large museum that people say is visited from all over Saudi Arabia and from outside as well.
It is also considered one of the largest museums and the first independent museum in the state of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, it is managed so far by engineer Khaled Hamdan and monitored by the Ministry of culture and the Museums Authority. The museum was actually named after the family name of engineer Khaled Hamdan.
History of the Hamdan Museum
The museum opened in 2013 with the goal of preserving the ancient heritage and history of the state of Saudi Arabia so that future generations do not forget their country's history or listen to it only in stories and novels without tangible and documented material facts, as the most famous of that heritage was the Najdi heritage, which belonged to the Saudis' ancestors in ancient times.
The Hamdan museum was inaugurated in 2017 by Prince Sultan bin Salman, who was then the director of the Tourism Authority.
Features of the Al Hamdan Museum
The museum's strategic location in Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, is one of its most notable qualities. The museum is distinguished by its architectural design, which is based on Najd's ancient legacy, it tells the roots of the city of Najd and its surrounding areas, and it contains about 12 halls with ancient historical antique pieces, including the hall of weapons, the hall of photographs, the hall of household utensils, the hall of manuscripts, the hall of bedrooms, the hall of old Islamic coins, which is the largest of them, and last but not least there is also a hall for the Najdi Council, and a garage containing two antique cars
In addition to Al-Hamdan small market, which includes the taibeen shop (a candy shop), the Najd shop, and there is also a coffee shop, a council, and a reception desk for important guests, as well as the museum's lounge, called "Batn al-hawi", through which visitors to the museum are greeted
The idea of creating the museum
Engineer Khaled al-Hamdan had the idea to create a museum to give modern generations a chance to know and explore their ancient history and learn about it after visiting numerous archaeological museums within and outside the state of Saudi Arabia.