The Gibran Museum
As one of the best-selling poets in history, Gibran Khalil Gibran hardly needs an introduction. He spent much of his life in the United States, supported and encouraged by his friend, Mary Haskell. A friend of the likes of WB Yeats, Carl Jung and Auguste Rodin, Gibran’s writing even managed to influence a latter generation of musicians, including Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Johnny Cash. A founding member of the first Arab-American literary society, The Pen League, Gibran was also a prolific painter. He died in New York in 1931.
Founded in 1935, the Gibran Museum showcases 440 original paintings and drawings by Gibran. He is buried there, and his tomb can be visited. The collection also includes furniture and effects from his studio in New York, as well as his private manuscripts.
The site itself was a monastery dating back to the 7th century, known as the Mar Sarkis (Saint Serge) hermitage. Mary Haskell and Gibran’s sister, Mariana, purchased the monastery after his death, in keeping with his wish to be buried in Lebanon.
On the right side of the museum, there is a steep and narrow road that leads to Saydet Lourdes Grotto. There is also a Phoenician graveyard that dates back to 750 BC.
The Museum opens daily from 10 AM to 6 PM (in summer) and from 9 AM to 5 PM, except Mondays (in winter).
Telephone: 00961 6 671137