Al Hejaz Railway Museum

The first train to arrive to Al Madina was in 1908 AD. A special celebration was held on the occasion.

Al Hejaz Railway Station

This Station in the Madina city was established within the project of the Ottoman Sultan, Abdul Hamid II, Caliph of Islam to link Istanbul city of Ottoman Empire to Al Madina through a railway line crossing the Levant on its way to Al Madina. 

 Museum Development:

In 1404 H (1983), upon a Royal Decree, the Hejaz Railway Station was handed over to the Antiquities and Museum Agency to transform it into a museum. Later on, the Antiquities and Museum Agency completed the restoration of the site buildings.

In 1419H (1998), His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdul Aziz, then the Governor of Al Madina, inaugurated the station's restoration project.

Al Hejaz Railway Museum

SCTA, after taking over the antiquities and museums tasks in the Kingdom, planned to stage museum shows at the station site. The first phase of this project was inaugurated on Monday, 9th December, 2014 and the inauguration ceremony was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTA, and patronized by His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Al Madina Province. This phase includes implementation of museum shows in the main building of the station in addition to the establishment of Hejaz Railway Museum in the adjoining Train Maintenance Workshop.

Museum Exhibits: 

The Museum consists of 14 halls displaying Al Madina heritage from prehistoric times until the present, as follows:

 

Museum Lobby

Al Madina environment, history and nature

Al Madina in Prophetic era

Prophet Mohammed’s wives, his sons and daughters

 

Mohajreen (migrants)

Ansar (supporters)

Prophetic Mosque

Al Madina in the reigns of Caliphs

Al Madina in the reign of First Saudi State

Al Madina in the reign of Second Saudi State

Al Madina in the reign of King Abdul Aziz

Al Madina Heritage

 

 

Hejaz Railway Map 1914.  

The Hejaz Railway was a narrow gauge railway that ran from Damascus (Syria) to Medina, through the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia, with a branch line to Haifa on the Mediterranean Sea. It was a part of the Ottoman railway network and was built to extend the line from Istanbul beyond Damascus to the holy city of Mecca. But due to the start of First World War it terminated at Medina and was 400 km (250 miles) short of Mecca. The length of the track from Damascus to Medina is 1,300 km (810 miles). This railway was suggested in 1864 to relieve the suffering of the hajis on their 40-day journey through the deserts and mountains of Midian, the Nafud, and the Hejaz. The railway was started in 1900 and was built largely by the Turks, with German advice and support. The railway reached Medina on September 1, 1908, the anniversary of the Ottoman Sultan’s accession. Compromises had to be made in order to finish by this date, with some sections of track being laid on temporary embankments across wadis. In 1913 the Hejaz Railway Station was opened in central Damascus as the starting point of the line. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire the railway did not reopen south of the Jordanian-Saudi Arabian border. An attempt was made in the mid-1960s, but this was abandoned due to the Six Day War in 1967.

 

 

 Address:     Visiting hours:
Saturday to Thursday : 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Friday: 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
 Address:     Umar Ibn Al Khattab Rd, Medina 42315
Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
Tel:     +966 56 055 1959