American Univesity of Beirut

Exhibition: “The Main Gate: A Witness to AUB’s Times”

​​​As the American University of Beirut approaches its 150th anniversary, and to celebrate the renovation of AUB’s Main Gate, the Archives and Special Collections department at the University Libraries have launched an exhibit entitled “The Main Gate: A Witness to AUB’s Times”.

The exhibit presents items from the AUB’s and other collections falling under four main rubrics.

The first is “Gates and their significance” which provides a historical and architectural overview of gates, triumphal arches, and city gates.

The second is titled “1901-1902: Main Gate Building: Planning, Architecture, and Function” which delves into the rationale, planning, funding, choice of architect, location of the building, and more.

​The third is “A Gate that has seen it All! A Witness to AUB’s times!” provides a visual-textual chronicle of the events that the Main Gate has witnessed since 1902, ranging from the visit of the Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru to student protests to graduation ceremonies.

Last but not least, “Main Gate in their Own Words” displays a collection of essays about the Main Gate written by the students and members of the AUB community.

The exhibit also contains an architectural model of the Main Gate, as well as a short film about our beloved Gate.


The event has already been covered by Assafir and the Daily Star.


Visit the exhibit and travel through the times that AUB and the Main Gate have witnessed!


The Exhibit will run until Friday, October 23, at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., in Malhas Common Room, West Hall.


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