About the Museum
The National Museum of Damascus is a large museum in the heart of Damascus, Syria. The most popular part of the museum is the 2nd century AD Dura-Europos synagogue.
The museum was founded in 1919 at Madrasseh al Adiliyeh. The current building was constructed in 1936, with wings being added in 1956 and 1975. The facade of the museum is built from the front of an Islamic palace, which was transferred and restored as the museum's main entrance.
The Museum's unique findings include: Restorations of the Dura Europos Synagogue from the 3rd century AD; the hypogeum of Yarhai from Palmyra, dating to 108 AD; the façade and frescoes of Qasr Al-Hayr al Gharbi, which dates back to the 8th century and lies 80 km south of Palmyra.
Many other important historical artifacts can be found in various wings such as the world's first alphabet from Ugarit and many Roman era mosaics. The exhibits are organised across five wings.