Preserving Jazan's Heritage: A Day at the Museums

Preserving Jazan's Heritage: A Day at the Museums

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Jazan is a region steeped in rich culture and history, and it has always been a vital city throughout its lifespan. Whether for trade, farming, or solely for its strategic location, it provided exclusive access to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean and served as a link between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

It's no wonder that pottery pieces were discovered in Sihi, a city located south of Jazan, dating back to the Bronze Age. Proving furthermore the role the region took part in the traveling route.

It is also believed that the Phoenician King Hiram conducted trade in the area during the 10th century BCE. Even the Romans utilized the Farasan Islands to secure their trade ships safe passage; their inscriptions remain to this day on a monument in the Al Kabir island.

Let's not forget the Ottomans who, during their conquests of the Arabian Peninsula in the 16th century, built two forts in Jazan. They still stand today and are considered historical sites for visitors who wish to visit.

Thankfully, Jazan has worked hard to preserve their history and heritage, offering several museums worthy of mention for anyone interested in further learning about the region’s past.

Dr. Ali Mohammed Awaji Museum


Contains a variety of artifacts that date back to thousands of years. They also have various tools, handicrafts, pots, and vases estimated to be over 5000 years old.

Opening hours: 5 PM - 10 PM

Phone: +966-507773084

Location: Jazan city


Ibrahim Moftah Museum

Ibrahim Moftah Museum

A privately-owned museum by writer and historian Ibrahim Moftah. This museum is a treasure trove of documents and artifacts depicting critical moments in the region's history.

Opening hours: 5 PM - 11 PM

Phone: +966-505769008

Location: Farasan Island


Alaliyah Museum

The museum contains extensive collections of archaeological and old tools that have been collected by the owner. They have everything—from common tools and handicrafts, to weapons—displayed in chronological order.

Opening hours: 8 AM - 10 PM

Phone: +966-503453462

Location: Dhagareer Village, Samta


Bi'ir Museum - Hussein Yahiya Alfifi

Bi'ir Museum - Hussein Yahiya Alfifi

This owner converted his own home into a museum dedicated to honoring and preserving his region’s culture and heritage. He has collected various items from his ancestors and has expanded the collection through his travels.

Opening hours: 8 AM - 9 PM

Phone: +966-550222940

Location: Fifa


Zayla'i Maritime Museum

This museum is considered to be one of the most important natural history museums in the region, containing thousands of marine life forms such as rare and intricate seashells, fish, and turtles.

Opening hours: 8 AM - 10 PM

Phone: +966-507642762

Location: Farasan Island


Mount Telan Museum - Jibran Almalki

Mount Telan Museum - Jibran Almalki

This museum specializes in coffee making tools and accessories, cooking utensils, various furnishings, leatherworks, and women's clothing that were predominately used by the inhabitants of the area.

Opening hours: 7 AM - 10 PM

Phone: +966-503788341

Location: Bani Malik


Jazan Museum of Archeology and Heritage

Located next to the archaeological site of Al-Adrasah, this museum forms part of a network of museums established by the Ministry of Education. It contains old maps, photographs of the area, as well as a large collection of ornaments, weapons, paintings, and ancient writings.

Opening hours: 8 AM - 12 PM  /  5 PM - 7 PM

Phone: +966-17-3264020

Location: Siba


We highly recommend that you or your hotel’s concierge call any of the museums prior to visiting to ensure they are open.

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