Walk the line
once a physical representation of Lebanon’s divisions, beirut’s wartime demarcation line was an overgrown wasteland of shredded buildings and shattered dreams. now the line, which runs from the city centre to the national Museum, has become a place of encounter and exchange, where a string of museums is erasing old boundaries, knitting the city together.
01 beirut city museum
ground has finally broken on renzo piano’s museum on Martyrs’ square. It will show off the city’s archaeological treasures.
02 beit beirut
built in 1924, this neo-ottoman building, once bullet-riddled to the point of instability, is in the process of reopening as a history museum.
this glittering high-tech museum showcases the collection of rare minerals amassed by financial software magnate salim edde.
Due to begin construction soon, the beirut Museum of art, designed by hala wardé, will be home to the national collection of modern and contemporary art.
05 beirut national museum
occupying a neo-pharaonic building, designed in the 1920s, this cappuccino-coloured gem is packed with showstoppers, including the world’s largest collection of anthropoid sarcophagi.