Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Beirut

National Museum of Beirut

Located on the former Green Line, this is Beirut's major cultural institution. Its impressive, magnificently displayed collection of archaeological artefacts offers a great overview of Lebanon’s history and the civi…
Top Choice Museum in Beirut

MIM

Under the St Joseph university, this atmospheric and beautifully designed museum presents an extraordinary collection of exquisitely selected and presented minerals. The otherworldly colours and forms produced in th…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Beirut

St George Crypt Museum

When a bomb fell on the Orthodox cathedral in 1975, the only silver lining was that it revealed these ruins beneath. Though the area is small, an excellent and atmospheric archaeological display outlines elements fr…
Museum in Beirut

Robert Mouawad Private Museum

The world would be a poorer place if it didn't host idiosyncratic cultural institutions such as this one. Conceived and funded by jeweller and collector Robert Mouawad to showcase his magnificent and eclectic collec…
Museum in Beirut

Archaeological Museum of the American University of Beirut

The AUB Museum was founded in 1868 and is one of the oldest in the Middle East. On permanent display is its collection of Lebanese and Middle Eastern artefacts, including weapons, tools, flints, figurines, pottery a…
Museum in Beirut

Sursock Museum

This privately owned contemporary-art museum is housed in a 1912 mansion located in one of Achrafiyeh's most attractive streets. After a major facelift that added underground exhibition spaces, it's looking very spr…
Arts Centre in Beirut

Aïshti Foundation

The Aïshti Foundation is a combination of seemingly strange bedfellows. On one hand, it’s a high-end mall aimed at people who have a few grand to spend on handbags, but it’s also a museum, home to mogul Tony Salamé’…
Mosque in Beirut

Mohammed Al Amin Mosque

Now the city's major landmark, this huge, striking amber-coloured blue-domed mosque near Martyrs Sq was opened in 2008 and has four minarets standing 65m high. Slain former prime minister Rafic Hariri was instrument…
Museum in Beirut

Planet Discovery

This activity centre and interactive science museum in the Souks shopping arcades is aimed at young children and offers a science museum that's very hands on and engaging. There's a separate art workshop where kids …
Park in Beirut

Horsh Beirut

The large and verdant Horsh Beirut could be the city's version of Central Park, but opening hours are irregular to the point of arbitrary, and it’s manned by armed guards who seem to decide based on their moods who …