Amir inaugurates the “Salam Palace” museum; cultural edifice documenting the history of Kuwait
Palace documents the country’s history in an innovative style: Official
KOWET: His Highness the Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah yesterday inaugurated the “Salam Palace” museum. Upon his arrival at the scene, His Highness was received by Amiri Diwan’s Minister of Affairs, Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, as well as by Abdulaziz Ishaq, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Amiri Diwan and Chairman of the Executive committee for creation and management. Cultural Centers. The ceremony was also attended by His Highness Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanem and His Highness Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, in addition to a host of senior state officials. After a speech by Minister of Affairs Amiri Diwan, His Highness visited the museum, where he was briefed on its main sections and facilities before leaving the equally warmly welcomed site.
The “Salam Palace” museum is a cultural edifice that documents the history of Kuwait in an innovative style, Ishaq said, adding that this unique building houses a collection of rare artifacts and preserves Kuwait’s national cultural heritage. The museum has been designed to accommodate the modern generation equipped with the latest technological display methods to present the visitor with the history of Kuwait and the civilizations it has known in a creative and innovative way, without any dazzling pleasure, a he clarified.
The palace, which holds great historical and national value in the hearts of the rulers and people of Kuwait, has been rehabilitated on the instruction of His Highness the Amir into a museum that documents the country’s history, Ishaq said. The reconstruction process is part of the concept of new cultural and historical dimensions by transforming it into a museum comparable to the most beautiful and prestigious international museums. It consists of four floors (basement – ground floor – first – second), where the basement includes an electronic library connected to the central library of Amiri Diwan, as well as dedicated research areas. scientific and personnel offices, storage and service rooms, as well as others. .
The ground floor is located on Jamal Abdelnasser Street with a VIP entrance overlooking the Arabian Gulf Road. It also includes exhibition halls for “the history of the palace” which reflects the original construction of the palace, as well as dignitaries who visited and stayed there. The first floor contains the museum (the history of Kuwait through its rulers), which includes nine rooms that tell the story of Kuwait since its inception, with the most significant achievements made during the history of the 15 rulers of the Kuwait, with an exhibition of their collectibles and personal items. The second floor includes reception areas, a banquet hall and a central kitchen. The Palace is divided into three main sections; the Kuwait History Museum through its rulers, the Peace Palace History Museum and the Museum of the civilizations that inhabited the land of Kuwait. Ishaq pointed out other sections that have been developed to serve the museum, including a special suite for receiving senior state guests, a digital library, teaching rooms for students, and a “courtyard” with several parking lots.
The history of the building
Construction of the property, which was the private residence of late Father Amir Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, began in the late 1950s. In 1960, basic construction of the palace began, coinciding with Kuwait’s independence in 1961. At the time, Kuwait needed a guesthouse for officials visiting the country and a place to hold state-level meetings and international discussions.
Ownership of the Palace transferred to the State, and converted into a guesthouse under the supervision of the late Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; at the time Minister of Finance. The palace received its first visitor in 1964, then began to receive kings, emperors and officials who reached 166. In 2013, Sheikha Mona Al-Jaber Al-Sabah proposed, after 23 years of neglect, to the minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs. , Chairman of the Higher Committee of Cultural Centers, to create a museum that combines the history of Kuwait for the first time and which is kept under one roof. The reconstruction process lasted nearly six years, which will testify to Kuwait’s 300-year undocumented history. – KUNA