38 Riyadh private museums supporting education and preservation of national heritage

38 Riyadh private museums supporting education and preservation of national heritage
SCTH will display glass vessels and pottery believed to originate from Egypt and Mesopotamia and thought to date back to the first and second millennia BC. (SPA)
Updated 28 October 2017

38 Riyadh private museums supporting education and preservation of national heritage

38 Riyadh private museums supporting education and preservation of national heritage

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has organized a workshop for the owners of private museums. There are 38 private museums in the Riyadh region alone, with 13 other state-run museums in the capital city.
Abdul Aziz Al-Hassan, director general of SCTH in Riyadh, told reporters that private museums play a prominent role in education, as well as preserving national heritage.
“The SCTH attaches great importance to private museums,” he added. “It provides a lot of support to them, from technical support and promotion to specialized training courses and advice on best display practices.”
Al-Hassan cited Al-Hamdan Heritage Museum, Al-Tamim Museum, and Hamad Al-Salem Museum, among others, as examples of some of the private establishments helping to preserve and gather artifacts and collectibles from recent and ancient times.
The SCTH is also organizing the Kingdom’s first Antiquities Forum. The three-day event starts in Riyadh on Nov. 7 and will include a display of glassware and pottery believed to originate from Egypt and Mesopotamia and thought to date back to the first and second millennia BC.
The objects — including flasks, pots and cups — were discovered in the archaeological site of Al-Faw, 700 kilometers southwest of Riyadh. The village was the capital of the first Kindah Kingdom, and the site has been a rich source of archaeological discoveries, including evidence of houses, markets, roads, temples, cemeteries and wells.
The items are part of the “Archaeological Masterpieces of Saudi Arabia” exhibition, which has already toured internationally.