This privately owned four-floor collection has displays ranging from pre-Islamic artefacts, exquisite Islamic manuscripts, old coins and weaponry to stunning furniture, pottery and traditional Saudi dress.
Replicas of home interiors from every region are also featured.
Exhibits are accompanied by excellent information panels, as well as dioramas of the Kingdom's provinces. If you get here early enough, you may get lucky and receive a private tour.
The Tayebat City Museum is a part of the International Tayebat City of Science and Knowledge and is a must-visit museum when in Jeddah. The museum is truly a city in itself, as it is spread across an area of 10000 square meters, with 300 rooms in 12 buildings. Built in the architectural style of old Jeddah, in the traditional Hijazi style, the beautiful building on its own is worth a visit. Inside the numerous buildings, visitors will find an extraordinary collection of exhibits ranging from Islamic manuscripts, tribal costumes and old coins to furniture, ancient pottery and much more. With 18 wings housing over 60000 items of historical significance from various Middle Eastern countries, visitors will find it difficult to see the entire museum in a day. Since most visitors may not have that much time to spare, it is wise to visit the museum with a guide who is sure to know the best parts of the museum.
Opening Hour :
The museum is open 8 am-12 noon and 5 pm-9 pm, Saturday to Thursday. Note that small groups can visit only on Saturdays, the rest of the week you have to be part of a group of 10 or more.