Museums & Institutions

Narrating the story of
Saudi Arabia’s rich history

Diriyah is recognized as a symbolic center of inspiration for the generations of leaders that have led the Kingdom since the foundation of the first Saudi state in 1744.

More than 30 cultural attractions including museums and academies explore and narrate the stories and rich history of Saudi Arabia.

A diverse collection of attractions where visitors can engage with and enjoy a multitude of experiences: from celebrating the accomplishments of the Kingdom’s leaders to reliving the history of the region and connecting with modern artistic expressions.
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THE KINGDOM'S
HISTORIC, CULTURAL & LIFESTYLE HUB

At Diriyah, visitors from near and far will learn about Saudi history through an array of museums, institutions and cultural attractions.

They will be able to experience a thematic Period Village recreating life as it was 300 years ago or stroll through the Art District with its institutes focused on traditional and performing arts surrounded by creative retail and dining experiences.

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Cultural Attractions Key Facts

AT-TURAIFa UNESCO World Heritage Site
6 museumsFocused on Saudi heritage & culture
24 institutesLearn about Saudi culture & traditions
1 Period VillageExplore Saudi Heritage, arts and crafts
AT-TURAIFa UNESCO World Heritage Site
6 museumsFocused on Saudi heritage & culture

Cultural Attractions

A destination-wide experience narrating the history of Diriyah through a range of multi-sensory experiences from performances to immersive exhibitions, wayfinding trails and digital interventions.

At-Turaif

An Art District with creative businesses and entrepreneurs, art galleries, curated artisan lifestyle retail offerings, co-working spaces and apartments designed for the creative-minded. The district includes six specialized institutes focused on Saudi heritage and culture including creative writing and poetry, theatre, music, traditional cuisine, Najdi architecture and the Ardah traditional dance in addition to an arts cinema.

Art District

Learn the ways of the past in the historic Period Village, which will recreate life 300 years ago (1744 AD - 1157 AD (H). The traditional village, located adjacent to the escarpment, will host activities including markets and craft stores, experiential workshops and traditional food offerings.

Period Village

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What’s on

Dec 11, 2021 - Mar 07, 2022

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Biennale

Commissioned by the Saudi Ministry of Culture and organized by the Thunaiyat Ad-Diriyah Foundation, Diriyah Biennale will be the largest and most significant international exhibition of contemporary art to date in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dec 21, 2021 - Feb 22, 2022

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Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation Events

An unmissable set of international sports and entertainment events in Diriyah, the birth place of the Kingdom.

28-29 Jan 2022

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2022 Diriyah E-Prix

The 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will kick off in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia for another set of spectacular night races around the historic desert surroundings of the UNESCO World Heritage site, At-Turaif.