Saudi Arabia has 304 museums and 86 public libraries


Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh —THere are a total of 304 museums and 86 public libraries in the Kingdom, according to the latest data released by the Museums Commission of the Ministry of Culture.

The Museums Commission, which preserves and celebrates local heritage and culture, seeks to activate state-of-the-art museums throughout the Kingdom, and this in close partnership with the private sector.

Museums are diverse in their types, purposes and domains. Among the museums, there are 236 private museums which include the larger ones owned by private sector institutions and the smaller ones owned by individuals.

There are 51 public museums and this includes those under the management and organization of the Ministry of Culture, or development authorities for cities and regions. Some Saudi universities operate museums, including 17 university museums.

The Museums Commission aims to achieve the quality of public and private museums in the Kingdom. He noted that some museums are offering virtual tours of their galleries and that the number of visits to the Saudi National Museum has reached around 31,000 visits in the year 2021.

The data showed that the total number of public libraries under the Ministry of Culture in the Kingdom stood at 86. The most notable development in the library sector is the project of digitizing manuscripts by making available the digitized version of 324 original manuscripts. The King Abdulaziz Darah Public Library has witnessed the digitization of 6894 original manuscripts, while Haram Libraries in Makkah and Madinah contain 8149 original manuscripts, 94% of which are digitized. The average use of university libraries reaches 77,000 visits to a library per year.

The role of libraries is no longer limited to providing knowledge materials and references, but rather extends beyond that, by activating community participation through the holding of events, literary evenings, dialogue sessions and activating international days, in addition to organizing seminars, forums, workshops, courses and competitions. It represents a social and cultural hub as it targets various segments of society.

The Riyadh region leads the number of public museums in the Kingdom. Public and private museums and public libraries in various parts of the Kingdom are as follows: Public Museums – Riyadh: 18; Mecca: 12; Medina: 3; Eastern Province: 4; Al-Jouf: 2; Tabuk: 3; Hail: 1; Kassim: 2; Al-Baha: 1; Asir: 2; Jazan: 2; and Najran: 1.

Private museums – Riyadh: 49; Mecca: 20; Medina: 15; Eastern Province: 28; Al-Jouf: 10; Northern border region: 1; Tabuk: 8; Hail: 14; Kassim: 24 years old; Al Baha: 5; Assir: 51; Jazan: 8; and Najran: 3.

There are 30 public libraries in Riyadh: Mecca: 5; Medina: 4; Kassim: 8; Eastern Province: 9; Asir: 10; Tabuk: 4; Hail: 2; Northern border region: 2; Jazan: 2; Najran: 2; Al Baha: 4; and Al-Jouf 4, the data showed.

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