Al-Felwa and Al-Jawhara Museum: Love letter to Saudi history
متحف" الفلوة والجوهرة" في الدمام من أكبر متاحف المملكة
02 FEB 2021
Source: Khuloud Al-Saleh
Abdul-Wahhab Al-Ghunaim's passion for collecting heritage pieces since 1973 eventually convinced him to open Al-Felwa and Al-Jawhara Museum in 1996. Located in Dammam’s Al-Nozha district, it is one of the largest museums in the Kingdom and exhibits more than half a million heritage items across an area of 5,000 square meters.
The museum mainly exhibits Saudi heritage pieces including old furniture, agricultural tools, old currencies, items from different Islamic ages, household items and weapons.
Al-Ghunaim named the museum after his two daughters Al-Felwa and Al-Jawhara, meaning “small pony” and “valuable possessions” respectively.
Al-Felwa and Al-Jawharah is divided into 10 sections – we describe some of them below:
The main hall of the museum dazzles with a luxurious collection of the oldest and rarest coffee pots, including dallahs belonging to kings Abdulaziz and Faisal as well as traditional coffee-making tools from different eras.
The second floor of the museum has a hall dedicated to showcasing old possessions from late Saudi kings such as watches, telephones, pieces of furniture, pictures and utensils.
There is an Islamic section that features a covering of the Holy Kaaba and historical Qur’an books, the oldest of which is more than 550 years old.
Visitors can also view a section that features replicas of traditional storefronts such as a craftsmen’s stall, barbers, butchers, bakery and other old markets.
There is a section dedicated to an old grocery store that showcases a variety of soft drinks famous in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Visitors should also check out the section that exhibits old currencies, postage stamps, musical instruments, televisions and radios.