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Al-Riwaq Museum: Highlighting trailblazing Saudi women

متحف "الرواق التراثي" يبرز دور المرأة السعودية في الماضي

17 AUG 2020


Source: Khuloud Al-Saleh

Noted female poet Al-Khathlan wanted to highlight the role of Saudi women in society since the unification of the Kingdom, so she set up Al-Riwaq Heritage Museum in Riyadh. Located in the Al-Suwaidi district, this museum is a one-of-a-kind institution that attracts visitors of all ages and regularly holds various activities over national holidays and social occasions.

Spanning an area of 1,000 square meters, the museum features hundreds of diverse historic pieces and heritage collections from different Saudi eras. It displays cooking tools, old decorative items, handicrafts, old TVs and radios, sewing tools, traditional clothes, and other interesting collectibles.

Al-Khathlan enlisted researchers to help her highlight the cultural and social role of women in the Kingdom by setting up a bridal corner and other similar sections to introduce future generations and students to women’s important role in Saudi Arabia.

The museum also features a heritage café suitable for friends and family to get together. There is also an event hall with a heritage theme in which small parties, weddings, National Day celebrations, and other cultural events can be held.

This museum is among 50 other private museums licensed and supported by the Ministry of Tourism, which promotes these institutions in popular tourist destinations and sets up signage guiding visitors to them on public roads. These institutions play an important role in educating the community about the Kingdom's cultural identity and preservation of heritage.