On 11/24/1997, and during the Independence celebrations, a huge inauguration of the National Museum was held in the presence of former President Elias Hrawi and Premier Rafic Hariri and their wives and a large number of officials, intellectuals, and media representatives. International communication media covered the event. Hence, the museum remained open for a period of seven months and a half after being closed for 21 years.
Show windows are ready. Making lists of small antiquities is ongoing. Two of the storehouses have not been opened yet because the work teams are still waiting for tidy stores to move the restored pieces to. The museum will be ready for reopening within 5 months.