MAKKAH: Ten museums in Mecca have opened their doors to showcase Mecca’s unique identity throughout history.
The museums are home to some of the rarest artifacts, illustrations and collections that reveal the city’s human experiences.
They show how the people of Mecca have succeeded in shaping a wealth of human knowledge through various eras and the progress made after the birth of prophecy and its noble teachings.
Museums also contribute to cultural and humanitarian awareness with all their cognitive messages and shaping the lives of fathers and grandfathers.
The Culture Ministry’s Museums Commission told Arab News it is paying special attention to the Al-Zaher Palace Museum, hoping to reopen the museum to visitors as soon as possible after it is closed due to the pandemic. .
The director of the Mecca History Center, Dr Fawwaz Al-Dahhas, told Arab News that the museums have made extraordinary efforts to promote the city’s Islamic, civilizational and cultural heritage.
He added: “It is best if the efforts are united under the auspices of a national museum called ‘Mecca through history’, where visitors can expand on what they needed to know about Mecca.”
Al-Dahhas said the development of Al-Saqaf Palace in the Maabad district will combine heritage and culture through its restoration. When completed, it will become an Islamic museum.
In his book “The Presidential Palace in Maabad”, Al-Dahhas described the area of the palace and its rooms still have their original furnishings and design.
Mecca history researcher Saad Al-Sharif said museums are essential for educating societies and advancing science and evolution. “A student can leave a museum knowing that they would like to become a scientist, leader, musician or writer,” he said.
“The knowledge of our society must be consolidated and presented through museums to form a harmonious cultural structure. Some museums teach what students don’t teach in the classroom, ”Al-Sharif added.
The researcher said that tourists always look for museums in new countries because “we believe that they are the real wealth of all people; the ancient collections of these museums are an important source for society, as well as economic, social and cultural support, as they offer a rich and different experience to visitors and express identity, existence and depth and authenticity of their culture of a person.
Al-Sharif said Saudi museums inspire enjoyment and illustrate a story they can only learn through museums and their evidence, tools, places and names.
Majdouh Al-Ghamdi, owner of the Human Heritage Museum, said Mecca’s museums complement each other and display their rare heritage artifacts to all visitors.
Its exhibits include household appliances used in Mecca before the introduction of electricity, a section on Saudi tribes, and exhibits on the role of the city’s inhabitants in the service of pilgrims and the history of ancient Madrasah Al. -Sawlatiyah, one of the oldest schools in the Arabia Peninsula.
It also includes Byzantine and Roman coins of all kinds and the Islamic dinar, silver and gold used in the Umayyad era. Visitors will also discover weapons such as cannons, knives, daggers, swords and guns.
Al-Ghamdi said museums offer comprehensive knowledge and satisfy those looking to have a passion for heritage. They feel satisfied with the historical depth and richness of Mecca in particular, he added. He said all of these museums seek to occasionally expand their exhibits by purchasing rare stamps, newspapers, cards, coins, guns, swords, old household items, spears and traditional clothing.