Dar al Madinah Museum
Dar al Madinah Museum, Medina: A unique encyclopedia where the history of Medina is depicted by various means. There are civilized achievements to serve the good of the best blessings. It benefits not only the lovers of the city but contains all the history of Makkah and Medina until they became the cities as they are today. The urban and cultural heritage of these places is preserved in this small yet enriched place.
The first specialized museum covering all the important happenings and culture of the history. Dar al Madinah Museum reveals the features of the pre- Islamic and post- Islamic civilization. The museum covers the cultural and historical dimensions with field work and supports with various artworks including old and modern images, models, maps, collection, and other illustrations, making it a major contribution in the field.
is the founder and owner of Dar al Madinah Museum. He has won several awards like Prince Sultan bin Salman Prize for Architectural Heritage in 2006, The Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah Prize for Architectural Research in 2007, and King Fahad International Prize for Islamic Studies. Dr. Kaki put his countless efforts towards reminiscing history pieces in a presentable and understandable way. May Allah be pleased with Him.
The museum contains rich information. It has years and years of work, study of history and processing to build the models to make them not only closer to reality but interactive also. It is more than wonderful and richer than one’s imagination.
I came to know a lot of things after visiting the museum. There were models that explain the transitions of Holy Kaaba, Masjid al-Nabawi, Roza e Rasool and of vital confrontations.
One of the things that I have known in the museum is that the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) and his companions Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A.) and Hazrat Umer (R.A.) are inside veranda of Hazrat Ayeshas’ (R.A) home. It has no door to enter. After that, there is a pentagon-shaped barrier with a cloth over it. And the last is the metal fence that separates the rooms and the mosque. Thus, the room is sealed forever and nobody can see the tomb virtually. While visiting Roza e Rasool, what we could see today is that metal fence only. One cannot see across it, as it is also covered by a metal sheet behind it up to certain height.
Complementary services inside museum include the guided tour, serving of traditional Arabian Qehwa (Arabian tea), dates and water on a tour conclusion. Guides were really nice and friendly. Tour is given in various languages. At my visit time, it was going in Arabic and Urdu. But English, French, Turkiye, and Malay guides may also be there.
It is not a huge museum compared to the information this space contains. A detailed tour might take up to three hours or even more. Entry ticket was very nominal, 25 SR (Saudi Riyal) which is around US $7. Entry of children up to six years is free.
Museum timings were 9am-7pm local time.
I feel that it is bit congested and is not accustomed to wheelchairs/strollers. It might be a good option if covered space is enhanced to encounter more people at one time at one model. Plus, if they could facilitate strollers and make it disabled friendly.
Overall, it was my great luck to witness the prodigious history experienced by the religion.
A day well spent Indeed!