new museum of lybia

Museum of Lybia

Opened in 2010.


The above building was King Idris' palace in Tripoli, which after Gaddafi became known as the People's Palace. In 2010 it became the Museum of Lybia -- pronounced as leebia by Libyans. Most of the exhibits are virtual and not real.

The museum utilises fogscreen technology, in which traditional and bulky fixed screens were replaced by projection screens which produce thin curtain of “dry fog" that serves as a translucent projection surface.

This projection screen is literally floating in the air and visitors can walk right through it, without getting wet. The new technology uses ordinary tap water to generate microscopic fog droplets, on which images are projected to create a captivating new experience.

Dubbed the technology of the decade, the Fogscreen has won numerous awards including the Business 2.0 Bottom Line Design Award and the Best Special Effect by the Club World Awards.




fogscreen projection inside the museum

This example shows a projection of three Greek gods including Hermes (left) and Apollo (right). You can walk right through these gods without disturbing their tranquility or being punished; after all they were said to be immaterial.


fogscreen projector

This photo shows the actual fogscreen projector, hanging from the ceiling. The water vapour is released from this rectangular box, on which images are projected by a projector. The idea is very simple, but quite effective and interactive.

image of feet on the ground, standing on which shows information

The above image shows a picture of two feet drawn on the floor of the museum. What the image says is: come on and stand on here. If you do stand on these feet then digital information will be displayed before you. Information displayed only if requested by you: on-demand museum.


exhibits from the museum

Various exhibits from the museum.




a fountain inside the museum




a map of the museum

First Floor Map of Lybia Museum




a view of the dome from beneath

The dome from beneath.


stone age querns
Stone Age Stone Mortars On Stone.


List of designers and contributors in English and Arabic



information board about the five senses


the view from the front of the museum: a road leading to Algeria square

The view from the front of the museum, showing the tarmac road leading to Algeria Square. If there are two things that make North African cities unique, they have to be tall elegant palms and white-washed walls beneath clear blue sky.