The Exhibitions on Buildings of Two Great Harams is a museum located approximately 10 minutes from the Masjid al Haram by vehicle, and is a must-visit museum when in the city of Makkah. Although not one of the most popular attractions in the city, due to the fact that government permission has to be obtained prior to visiting it, it is definitely well worth the effort. It is best to get a tour guide to make the arrangements as only groups are generally approved to visit the museum. The museum features the historical heritage of Islam and its building is divided into 7 halls, with each hall housing different aspects of Islamic heritage. Visitors will be able to see a miniature replica of the Haram, before and after its expansion; they can also see a copy of the Quran from the time of Othman Bin Affan and various other interesting historical manuscripts, documents and antiques from the past.
Free of charge
Since entry is only through prior arrangement, the opening time may vary depending on the days and the number of visiting groups.
Around an hour or more
Adults, young adults, senior visitors, families, children
All the interesting exhibits
Muslim tourists in Makkah will be able to locate prayer facilities without any difficulty; as the city, as well as the rest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to numerous mosques. Visitors will also find prayer rooms in most shopping malls and attractions, making it very convenient for them and the city’s residents to pray on time. Those visiting the museum could inquire from the staff if prayer facilities are available or ask the tour guide to take them to the nearest mosque.
Locating Halal food in Makkah or any city in Saudi Arabia is quite easy as restaurants found here are all Muslim-friendly and serve only Halal cuisine. Visitors will have many options when it comes to food, as the city has numerous restaurants serving an array of cuisines such as Indian, Italian, Turkish, western and many more.