The Joy of Museums

Finding Beauty & Meaning in Museums

Middle East Museums

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The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia. The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century.

The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, with the (geopolitical) importance of the region being recognized for millennia. Several major religions have their origins in the Middle East, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam plus numerous other belief systems were also established within the region.

Below is a list of some of the leading museums by major countries that will be highlighted in “Joy of Museums”:

Middle East Museums

  • Turkey
  • Bahrain
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen

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Essential Facts:

  • Demonym:         Middle-Eastern
  • Countries:          17 Countries
  • Population:        370 Million



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