local3KUWAIT: Kuwaiti heritage and historic artifacts should be preserved and displayed in museums for future generations to view, said Information Minister Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Sabah. His remarks came during his visit of 'Beit Al-Othman' museum late on Tuesday, as part of efforts to fulfill vision of His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince in sustaining and preserving Kuwait's history.

Now, Beit Al-Othman is of an international reputation, manifested by the daily and continuing visits, Sheikh Salman said, adding that he visited newly-added pavilions of the museum that house rare items, a matter that strikes a clear example of the State's endeavors to preserve its history.

The new sections include: Dr Yaqoub Al-Hajji's museum of rare Kuwaiti transcripts; Ismael Behbehani's museum of historic artifacts (Some 10,000 with a few dating back to one century ago of Kuwait's history) and a museum by the Public Authority of Youth and Sport (PAYS), which groups a number of items belonging to the 'Golden Era' of Kuwaiti football in the 1970s and 1980s.

Inaugurated by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on April 8, 2013, the new museum hosts rare historical items and antiques for old Kuwaiti houses, decorating the walls of its art gallery are paintings and belongings of Kuwaiti artists. There are also the crafts and Kuwaiti dhow models on display, among others. - KUNA