Audi Soap Museum
Interior of the Museum.
|Established||1 November 2000|
The soap workshop was originally built in Sidon by the Hammoud family in the 17th century. During the 19th century (around 1880), the Audi family became the owner of the soap workshop and turned it into a family residence. It was abandoned in the 1980s when the Lebanon War broke out and the ground floor was occupied by refugees. In 1996, the Audi Foundation started to restore the edifice. The Soap Museum opened in November 2000.
The Soap Museum traces the history of soap making in the region, its development and manufacturing techniques. Visitors can see a demonstration of how traditional olive oil soaps are made and learn about the history of the "hammam" (bath) traditions.
A historical section of the museum introduces artifacts which were found during onsite excavation and which include remains of clay pipe heads dating from the 17th to 19th century as well as pottery fragments. The Museum building is an old soap factory built in the 17th century, although containing parts thought to date back to the 13th century.
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