Exploring Al-Mohra Museum’s world class collection
متحف المهرة يحفظ تراث الأجداد
25 JAN 2021
Source: Nadeen Al-Wazani
Jeddah’s Al-Rawda neighborhood recently saw the opening of the Al-Mohra Heritage Museum, which displays heritage and artistic pieces from around the world. It aims to take visitors on a historical journey, starting with the meeting place of civilizations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia before passing through Egypt and Syria and then Eastern Persia. The museum has also collected historical artifacts from the Ottoman era as well as Europe and imperial palaces of China.
The museum exhibits valuable antique collections from all over the world, some of which are also displayed in its auction hall – they are publicly auctioned off with the approval of the Ministry of Tourism.
Among the most prominent exhibits in the museum is a book made from suede and gold, and 42 hand-drawn pictures of King Abdulaziz.
There are Islamic artifacts of Abbasid and Ottoman origin, such as Zamzam well tiles, incense burners from historical Makkah, the base of a pillar from the Grand Mosque, pieces of cloth from the Holy Ka’aba, Ottoman antiques from Makkah and many others.
Exhibits from European palaces can also be found, such as brass bells, watches and a record player that is still functioning today. Visitors can view Chinese and Indian hand-painted artifacts such as ivory mugs, silver jewelry and coral necklaces.
Collectibles of kings
There are also rare possessions belonging to the kings of Saudi Arabia such as utensils, shoes, a pen belonging to King Abdullah, King Faisal office and an Omani dallah gifted to King Fahd.
Visitors can also see a rare travel bag for King Salman sealed with his name before he ascended the throne. There are old games made from bone and ivory played by heads of state.
Completing this impressive collection are pieces from King Fahd’s bedroom and dining room in Taif Palace. Other notable exhibits include a silver incense burners and coffee pots used by the kings.
For more information and to make a reservation, visit the website.