The Ministry of Culture announced that it will establish the Red Sea Museum in the Bab Al-Bunt heritage building in Jeddah Historical Area. The museum, which will showcase rare collections, manuscripts, pictures and books that tell the story of Bab Al-Bunt, will be opened at the end of 2022.

The historic building is considered a historical point of contact between dwellers of the Red Sea coast and the world in Jeddah’s capacity as a major gateway for pilgrims, merchants and tourists since centuries in the past.

The ministry endeavors to make the Red Sea Museum a venue to celebrate the cultural value that the Red Sea coast represents and the experiences of its residents by focusing on stories of maritime navigation, trade, geology, pilgrimage, diversity and other unique cultural elements shaping the identity of Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah throughout history.

The museum will showcase more than 100 creative artworks and hold four temporary annual exhibitions, besides conducting educational programs for members of the society in all their age groups.

The Red Sea Museum will represent a new artistic destination in the Kingdom, telling the story of human harmony and cultural richness in the spiritual journey of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims as well as that of an innovative simulation of interaction between different nationalities with all their customs, traditions and cultural achievements.

The museum is part of the Quality of Life Program, one of Vision 2030 Realization Programs, and is under the umbrella of the Specialized Museums Initiative announced by the Ministry of Culture in its first package of initiatives.

These include specialized museums that will be launched in succession in various cities of the Kingdom, covering diverse creative fields. These also include modern museums employing contemporary artistic techniques and methods, as well as historical, heritage and cultural museums of higher knowledge value.