National Museum

National Museum information

Location
Aleppo , Syria
Address
Sharia al-Baron
Telephone
+963 21 221 2400
Prices
adult/student S£150/10
Opening hours
h9am-5.30pm Wed-Mon Apr-Sep, to 3.30pm Wed-Mon Oct-Mar
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Aleppo’s main museum could be mistaken for a sports hall if it weren’t for the extraordinary colonnade of giant granite figures that fronts the entrance. The wide-eyed characters are replicas of pillars that once supported the ceiling of an 8th- or 9th-century-BC temple-palace complex unearthed in Tell Halaf in northeastern Syria.

Inside, the collection is made up of other finds from northern Syria – there are some beautiful pieces, including some from Mari, Ugarit and around Hama, with some fascinating cuneiform tablets from Ebla. But the labelling is abysmal and the presentation is otherwise poor.