Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Beirut

National Museum of Beirut

Located on the former Green Line, this is Beirut's major cultural institution and is an essential stop for all visitors to the city. Its impressive, magnificently displayed collection of archaeological artefacts off…
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…
Church in Beirut

St George Greek Orthodox Cathedral

This church was built in 1767 and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. In 1975, during the civil war, a bomb fell here and unearthed the ruins of a Byzantine church. Now open as a museum, the ruins incorporat…
Museum in Beirut

AUB Museum

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…
University in Beirut

American University of Beirut

One of the Middle East’s most prestigious and expensive universities, the AUB was founded in 1866 by American Protestant missionary Daniel Bliss. Spread over 28 tree-filled hectares, it is a true oasis in the heart …
Museum in Beirut

Planet Discovery

One of the more educationally stimulating activities on offer can be found at Planet Discovery, an interactive science museum especially designed for three- to 15-year-olds. Adults will be unable to resist the soap …
Museum in Beirut

Sursock Museum

This privately owned contemporary art museum is housed in a 1902 mansion located in one of Achrafiye's most attractive streets. It originally opened its doors to the public in 1952 but at the time of research was cl…
Notable Building in Beirut

Grand Serail

The Grand Serail, a majestic Ottoman-era building that has been restored to its former grandeur and now houses government offices should not be missed. The roads around the Grand Serail, however, are largely blocked…
Mosque in Beirut

Al-Omari Mosque

Built in the 12th century as the Church of John the Baptist of the Knights Hospitaller, this attractive building was converted by the Mamluks into a mosque in 1291. It was the city's central Sunni mosque until const…
Church in Beirut

Maronite Cathedral of St George

The neoclassical facade of this late-19th-century cathedral, next to the Mohammed al-Amin mosque, was inspired by the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. It's the base of the city's Maronite archdiocese.