The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National
Heritage (SCTH) is working on the expansion of the National Museum to develop
and restore its glamor and splendor.
SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman issued a
decree to establish a board of trustees for the expansion and development of
the National Museum in Riyadh, Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the SCTH told
A committee to review the master plan for the
expansion of the museum into the biggest, and most modern and advanced museum
projects in the world, will be formed soon that will supervise the museum’s
development program, he added.
Earlier, commenting on the expansion project the
SCTH president said that the commission is working to bring in a comprehensive
development for the National Museum and establish a sophisticated system of
regional and specialized museums within the framework of the Custodian of the
Two Holy Mosques Program for the preservation of the Kingdom’s cultural
He pointed out that the National Museum received
special attention from King Salman when he was the governor of the Riyadh
region and was established as one of the most important museums in the Arab
It was inaugurated by the late King Fahd within the
grand opening of the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center to mark the 100th anniversary
of the founding of the modern Kingdom by late King Abdul Aziz.
“Therefore, the least we can do today after all
these years is to restore the glamor and splendor to this important landmark as
a gift to King Salman in loyalty to his initiative to establish this museum in
a short period of time and with unique architectural standards,” he said.
“We are implementing the expansion and development
of the museum through a high-level team in cooperation with the Arriyadh
Development Authority (ADA) and in an important partnership with Riyadh Gov.
Prince Faisal bin Bandar, chairman of Tourism Development Council of the region
and the ADA.”
“This will be a pioneering project to recreate the
exhibits of the museum. Today, we need to use technical and interactive methods
to study these great civilizations, which were embraced by the Arabian
Peninsula and they are now upheld majestically by Saudi Arabia,” said Prince
He further said that the aim of the SCTH behind the
expansion is to enhance its heritage to attract visitors. Moreover, the
development and expansion of the National Museum aims to create an urban oasis
in the heart of the city linking the past with the present, attracting quality
investment opportunities that support the urban fabric of the region, and
providing an integrated showroom and interaction area with sophisticated museum
exhibitions, the SCTH chief added.
The development of the National Museum includes the
establishment of a four-star heritage hotel, a new exhibition hall, a dining
area, and a stadium and a special area for various activities.
The project’s new constructions will also be
accompanied by a complete modernization of the content of the existing halls
through the addition of interactive display techniques, the allocation of halls
for children to simplify the rich cultural continuity of various provinces in
the Kingdom and a comprehensive program for the development of human resources
and management techniques.
This goal will be achieved by attracting qualified
Saudi youth, male and female, and by providing them with intensive training
programs in collaboration with international museums that are associated with
The museums that will provide training to the Saudi
youth include Metropolitan Museum, New York, Smithsonian Institute and its
Washington Museum Series, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the British Museum in
London, and other major international museums. – AN