Exhibition Opening | Sursock Museum Visit Beirut! Postcards and Travel Guides from The Fouad Debbas Collection

Opening reception: 23 February from 18:00 to 21:00
Dates: 24 February, 2017 to 12 June, 2017
Location: The Fouad Debbas Collection Gallery, Level 1

“Hotels (in order of comfort):
Royal, Bab Idriss Street (Michel Nasser, owner); established reputation; 38 bedrooms; comfortable; good dining;
Beyrouth Palace, Place des Canons; new; comfortable;
Metropole, Châteaubriand Street (German owner); family-run hotel; 35 rooms;
D’Orient, Avenue des Français (Bassoul, owner); sea view; established reputation; 35 bedrooms.”
Les Guides Bleus, Syrie, Palestine, Librarie Hachette, 1932, p.2 [1]
The Fouad Debbas Collection / Sursock Museum

Travel writing from the 1850s and guidebooks published by the likes of Joanne, Baedecker, Cook, and Bleu, helped to boost the profile of Beirut’s hotel establishments, and make the city a sought-after destination, and no longer the mere stopover it had long been. Through postcards, guides, and other publications from The Fouad Debbas Collection (available for consultation at the Sursock Museum library), picture yourself as a tourist in early 20th century Beirut, and begin by choosing your hotel!