A museum tour was organized in honor and presence of the Cypriot Embassy in Beirut. The tour was attended by diplomats, administration, and members of the AUB community.
Cypriot Ambassador to Lebanon Christina Rafti welcomed the guests and commended the collections of the museum. The first collection with which the museum opened was the Cesnola Collection from Cyprus, a matter of pride for the Cypriot embassy in Lebanon.
“I am very happy we are having this today, and I am very appreciative to Dr. Badr who was kind enough to organize this tour,” said Ambassador Rafti. “We feel like Cyprus is part of the history of this museum since the first collection of pottery to be placed in this Museum comes from there.”
Ambassador Rafti explained that she is happy to see the evolution of the Museum into a regional and periodic one.
In turn, Director of the Museum, Dr. Badr, highlighted the importance of the AUB Museum, which will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in two years. Badr stated that the Museum is not national, but regional, for it contains collections from various countries such as Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Palestine.
Dr. Badr explained that the museum has been renovated in 2006 and that explanation about the collections has been added. The collections are posted in a chronological order and audio guides are available for all guests. The tour guests were divided into three groups of 20 and enjoyed an hour-long tour of the Museum.
The AUB Archaeological Museum is the third oldest museum in the Near East, after Cairo and Constantinople. It has collections dating from the Paleolithic and Epipaleolithic periods as well as the Neolithic revolution when cities started to be formed. It also has collections from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, among other ancient civilizations. Worth highlighting is the collection of coins, weapons, and jewelry on display in the museum.
The Museum is open for the public every day from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and is located in Post Hall at the American University of Beirut. For more information please visit https://www.aub.edu.lb/museum_archeo/Pages/index.aspx.