Museums and Historical Locations
The best place to learn about a new country is to visit its Museum. Located on the Arabian Gulf Street between the Seif Palace and National Assembly, the Kuwait National Museum is a true representation of the Kuwaiti heritage. Planned by Michel Ecochard, the plans of this architectural project were ready by 1960, but construction began only in 1981. Finally the planetarium was unveiled on 16th February 1986.
Failaka Heritage Village
Failaka Heritage Village, the only true heritage village in Kuwait, preserves the essence of Kuwait in the past. Visitors here get to enjoy and spend some time staying in spacious and comfortable houses, resembling the old life style in Kuwait. There are Arabian horses, camels in Failaka Stables, and visitors can spend some time riding them. There are barbecues being offered under moonlight.
Kuwait House of National Works museum
Kuwait House of National Works Museum houses and encapsulates the grim reminders of the first Gulf war in 1990-91. Located in Shuwaikh, the museum also pays tribute to the sacrifice of Kuwaiti soldiers and citizens as well as soldiers from other countries that fought against Iraqi forces.
Tareq Rajab Museum
The Tareq Rajab collection is the private collection of antiquities by Kuwait’s first Minister and his wife, which include Islamic Arts, Treasures of Ceramics, Gold and Silver jewelry, metal and glass works, English costumes, costumes of sheikhs and shepherds, Bahraini pearls, manuscripts, masonry, and musical instruments.
The Sadu House in Kuwait is an artistic museum/House, located adjacent to Kuwait National Museum. Established in 1980, it was aimed to protect the interest of Bedouins and their ethnic handicrafts, the Sadu weaving, embroidery form in geometrical shapes, hand woven by Bedouin people. The house was originally a mud building during the early 20th century. But, it was destroyed during the 1936 Kuwaiti floods.
The Seif Palace
Built in 1896 by Sheikh Mubarak, the palace is a focal point of Kuwait city and it is considered as integral part of Kuwait’s city and its progress. The palace is also a wonderful example of Islamic architecture with original Islamic mosaic tile works. The overall area of the palace is 450000 sqm including an artificial lake, landing field for the helicopters and a dock for the yachts.