Nicolas Sursock Museum
Nicolas Sursock Museum
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Semaan D. Makary
Ehden, Lebanon542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
In 1912, the wealthy & prominent Lebanese aristocrat Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock built the private villa that now houses the museum. He decreed in his will that the villa be transformed into a museum. When he died in 1952, he bequeathed the villa to the city of Beirut. The museum opened in 1961, directed by Amine Beyhum, with an exhibit of works of contemporary Lebanese artists, setting a precedent for cultural events in Beirut.

The Sursock Museum building exemplifies Lebanese architecture, with its Italianate (specifically Venetian) and Ottoman architectural influences. It is one of the few remaining villas from its epoch in Beirut. It is located in the historic Rue Sursock in the Rmeil district of Beirut. The street is home to other mansions that were built in the 19th century by Beirut's most prominent families, such as the Sursocks and the Bustroses, even though this architectural heritage is threatened by developers and an almost-unregulated real estate market.

On August 4, 2020, the museum sustained significant damage and some of its artworks were destroyed as a result of an ammonium nitrate explosion.

The museum was restored thanks to the financial commitment of the Italian government, which allocated one million euro in May 2021. #beirut #lebanon #summer #vacation
Written 29 August 2023
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merry
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020

Such a beautiful building from the outside.. Inside very powerful art, pretty amazing, never experienced so much emotions in a museum. The entrence fee is not compulsory and you can take pictures inside
Written 6 October 2020
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Hanan H
Salwa, Kuwait31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
It is a modern art and contemporary art museum.
The white walls, the arches and small versions of rose windows surprise you because of the building stands out in middle of the dark lanes.
Make sure you visit the place during its opening hours.
Written 2 July 2020
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Myles
Jounieh, Lebanon100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I go to Sursock frequently. The exhibitions are of international standard and entrance is free. The location is convenient and special. I recommend the gift shop. It has an excellent selection. Visitors to Beirut can't afford to miss this museum and gallery.
Written 6 March 2020
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Cathleen K
Branford, CT80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This beautiful museum of modern art is located in a mansion that had been willed by Nicolas Sursock to the Lebanese people to be used as an art museum. One of the original rooms of the mansion has been restored and the rest turned into a beautiful space to display the paintings and other art. I especially loved the Helen Khan exhibit in the basement of the museum. Highly recommend!
Written 10 February 2020
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This beautifully restored mansion has a large collection representing all types of genres as well as some restored rooms. No matter what your taste in art, this museum makes for a great visit as it has something for everyone. Well lit and displayed, this is a great museum.
Written 5 January 2020
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Peter Slabbaert
Bornem, Belgium1,201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Part of our trilogy when visiting the musea in Beirut.
This museum houses some very beautiful contemporary art as well as modern art and art from Lebanese artists. At the time of our visit there was exhibition of Pablo Picasso. Incredible how a museum is located in downtown Beirut.
Written 31 December 2019
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Ava Smith
Ontario, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A must see in Beirut. It’s a free museum (they accept donations) with a permanent collection and a temporary one (there was a Picasso’s one when I went).
Written 19 November 2019
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AmrBadran
Cairo, Egypt335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Staff are nice and the place is very well organized.

Would have loved to see more descriptions of the pieces, and the closed parts to be open.
Written 17 November 2019
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jasonmatzner
Los Angeles, California23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a small but interesting art museum, in a gorgeous building - the building is as much what you are seeing as the art. There was a small Picasso show when we went, which was an added bonus.
Written 12 November 2019
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