American University of Beirut

Art Galleries

​​​​​​AUB has a long history of involvement in the arts. It hosted the first solo art exhibition in Lebanon displaying the work of Lebanese artist Mustafa Farroukh in 1929. Since then, the university has been the site of numerous art exhibitions—both of prominent artists of international renown, such as Henry Moore and David Hockney, and of local craftspeople such as the tinsmiths of Beirut. AUB established a Department of Fine Arts in 1954.

There are always interesting exhibits at our two art galleries: the AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery on campus (just inside the Main Gate on Bliss Street) and the Rose and Shaheen Saleeby Museum, which is just a short walk from the Main Gate.

During your visit to campus, you may notice a stunning sculpture just adjacent to the library. It is by renowned Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair (1916-2017) and was installed on campus in 2018.

We encourage you also to visit the library's Archives & Special Collections. It houses a rich collection of historic documents, maps, posters, and photos. The Archives also organizes exhibits throughout the year.

Questions? Email us at or call +961-1-350000 Ext. 2677/78/79​. We look forward to welcoming you to AUB.​

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