Jeddah, considered to be the Paris of Arabia is also the wealthiest Saudi Arabian city. The history of Jeddah can be traced back 2500 years ago. The city boasts of a rich cultural heritage. It is a predominantly Islamic city and is being frequented by numerous pilgrims and tourists round the year. The city offers plethora of sightseeing, eating and shopping options to the tourists. Along with the Jeddah sight seeings, it is the Jeddah Museums which allures large number of tourists to visit the city.
The culture and diversity of the city are reflected through the collections in the museums. Jeddah consists of about 12 local and private museums. The Municipality Museum in Jeddah is one the most important and prominent museums in Jeddah. The British Legation during the First World war can be viewed only in the Municipality Museum. This traditional house was restored 200 years back. Red Sea coral was used to built the museum. The traditional interior design of the museum sets the perfect ambiance of a museum. The museum consists of rare photos exhibiting the development of Jeddah.
Of the many Jeddah Museums, another museum which should be put forth is the Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum. This museum consists of 10,000 items pertaining to the historic civilization which the city of Jeddah went through. The Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum in Jeddah has been classified into three sections. The first section deals with the old Saudi heritager, the second one deals with the Ottoman Empire and the third one is concerned about the European development. The museum has the collection of the some real gems from the floating wreckage of earlier civilization.
The Castle of Cultural Arts Museum in Jeddah, Islamic Fiqh Academy in Jeddah, the Jeddah Museum are the other important museums of Jeddah. Archeology, ethnography, anthropology and collection of items and photos related to them can be seen at the various Jeddah museums. Museums in Jeddah can be cited as one of the tourist attractions in Jeddah. The rich cultural diversity and heritage and the richer history of the city of Jeddah is evident from the Jeddah Museums and they form an important part of the Jeddah travel guide.