Opened in 1942 to house Lebanon's archeological treasures, the National Museum has been a landmark both in times of peace and turmoil. During the war, when the Museum stood on the dangerous "Green Line" that divided Beirut, the antiquities it housed were removed for safekeeping. Larger objects were covered with concrete to ensure their protection. From prehistoric flint tools and weapons to Greco-Roman objects and a large collection from Byblos, the Museum's holdings are a reflection of Lebanon's national heritage. Projects are underway to restore the building and gradually bring this national institution back to its former importance.
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