Daleel Al-Khair

Kuwait National Museum


Kuwait National Museum
It's a representation of the Kuwaiti heritage and it is located on the Arabian Gulf Street between the Seif Palace and National Assembly. The museum has a remarkable history and it was formerly the residence of the Kuwaiti royal Sabah family(1957). The archaeological discoveries at Failaka created a requirement for a place to house these important finds and the Department of Antiquity and Museums bought the residence of the Sabah family in Kuwait City and turned it into the national museum.
Despite the fact that the architectural project and the plans of the museum were ready in 60’s, actual construction was started only in 1981. Two of the four buildings were inaugurated on February 23, 1983; the planetarium was dedicated to the nation on February 16, 1986. One of the four blocks of the museum houses all offices, administrative wings and a lecture hall. The other three blocks houses the permanent artifacts. It exhibits the wonderful art collection by the Al-Sabah dynasty.
The museum gates looks like a traditional fortress and visitors must walk through the 'entrance' and walk out into Pathways covered with piles of soil.
There are two types of museums while the first displays artifacts found during an archaeological dig in Failika Island, terracotta and engraved tools, wooden doors of the past, group of cutters and blades from Neolithic age and flint stone, silver statues, 16 million old animal fossil, bronze coins from bronze period and Hellenistic period.
The other museum exhibits include statues depicting the old ways of Kuwaitis, old photos dating back to 1942, a typical Kuwaiti house prior to invasion of modern technology and in general, the museum displays artifacts what Kuwait was like during the 40's and 50's. Though, the museum was stripped of several of these artifacts during the Gulf war, it has been restored and is open to public for display.