Museums

National Museum

Standing next to Muscat’s iconic fortresses of Jalali and Mirani, the old Muscat Wall and Al Alam Palace, the National Museum seeks to highlight Oman’s history and culture under one roof for the first time although, on the outside, it is a state of the art building.

A stone flint believed to be two million years old — the oldest man made object found in Oman and the first throne of Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed when took the reins in 1970 along with more than 6,000 artifacts are among the main attractions at the museum.

The museum boasts a built-up area of 13,700 square metres of which an area of 4,000 square metres is dedicated to 14 fixed display halls, including The Land and the People, Maritime History, Arms and Armour, Civilisation in the Making, Aflaj, Currency, Timeline, Prehistory and Ancient History: Bat, Al Khutm and Al Ayn; Prehistory and Ancient History: Land of Frankincense; Prehistory and Ancient History, Splendours of Islam, Oman and the World, the Renaissance, Intangible Heritage.

Armed Forces Museum

The museum is located at Fort Al Falaj House in Ruwi region in the Governoarte of Muscat.

The museum accommodates weapons, clothing, instruments, and other defence systems that display both visually and audibly the development of the Omani armed forces throughout history.

Tel : 24312655

Timings

Sunday-Thursday:8 AM - 2:30 PM

Saturday: 9 AM - 12 PM

Fees

Omani adults : 0.500 Bz

Non-Omani Adults : 1 OMR

 

Bait Az-Zubair Museum

Opened in 1998, Bait Al Zubair Museum is located in the old city of Muscat. It displays Omani artefacts and collectables, including a group of conventional weapons, jewellery, clothing, household items and some old models representing Omani rural and urban environments

Timings

Saturday - Thursday:9:30 AM -6:00 PM

Saturday: 9:30 AM -6:00 PM

Fees

Adults : 2 Riyal

Children : 1 Riyal

 

 

Bait Al Barandah Museum

Located in the heart of the tourist district on the seafront in Mutrah, Bait Al Baranda had previously housed the American Mission in the early 1930’s and the British Council in the late 1970’s.

Bait Al Baranda was officially opened on 16 December 2006 by His Highness Seyyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture.

Timings

Sunday- Saturday:9 AM -1:00 PM 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Fees

Adults : 1 OMR

Children : 0.500 Bz

 

Natural History Museum

The Museum of Natural History is located in the Ministry of Heritage and Culture building in Al Khuwayr in Muscat Governorate. It is considered one of the major Omani museums and houses exhibits depicting aspects of life since it first appeared in various forms on the Sultanate territory.

Timings

Sunday-Thursday:8 AM - 1:30 PM

Saturday: 9 AM - 1:00 PM

Fees

Omani Adults : 500 Baiza

Non-Omani tourists : 1 OMR

 

Omani-French Museum

This museum is located in the city of Muscat near Al Alam Palace in Muttrah State. An old house built about 170 years ago accommodates the museum.Sultan Faisal bin Turki donated the house to the first Consul of France in Muscat to be the French Consulate in 1896.

In addition to the Hall of Maritime Navigation, the museum rooms include models of Omani and French ships, a traditional costume hall and many other artefacts and pictures that reflect the cultural connection between the two countries.

Timings

Sunday-Thursday: 8 AM - 1:30 PM

Saturday: 9 AM - 1:00 PM

Fees

Omanis : 500 Baiza

Non Omanis : 1 OMR

 

Currency Museum

This museum is located within the Central Bank of Oman building. It displays the succession of currency circulated in the Sultanate of Oman, both paper and metal. The museum includes numerous old and new coins that have been circulated since the early days of the Islamic State.

The museum follows the development of paper currency in Oman and its various issues since the beginning of the nineteenth century. These currencies were circulated in the Sultanate as a result of cultural links with many countries.

Timings

Sunday - Thursday:8 AM - 3 PM

Friday - Saturday: Closed

Fees

Adults : Free

Children : free

 

Children's Museum

This museum simplifies science and technology and presents them in an animated version, allowing visitors to see the vital role played by science in various aspects of life. The museum is headquartered in two large domes in Al Qurum area in Muscat Governorate and is visible from a long way. Although this museum is called the Children's Museum, its exhibits are suitable for all ages and are presented in a simplified fashion to facilitate access to information for future generations.

Timings

Sunday-Thursday:8 AM - 1:30 PM

Saturday: 9 AM - 1:00 PM

Fees

Omani Adults : 0.500 Bz

Non-Omani tourists : 1 OMR

 

Oil & Gas Exhibition Centre (OGEC)

was first opened in November 1979. After extensive remodelling, it was re-opened in November 1995 as a "Gift to Nation" to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said . The centre was designed to explain how crude oil and natural gas are formed underground as well as how they are then found, brought to the surface, delivered to processing facilities and how the end products are ultimately used. The OGEC have been designed so that visitors can interact with them by means of computers, working models and videos.

Timings

Sunday - Wednesday: 7 am-12 pm 1 am - 4pm

Thursday:  7 am-12 pm

Fees

Adults : Free

Children : Free

 

Muscat Gate Museum

The museum is located above Muscat Modern Gate. This museum has an amazing view which you see through the broad stairs leading to the museum’s gate.

The Museum tells Oman’s long history, and focuses in particular on the history of the capital, Muscat. It also provides an explanation of the Falaj irrigation system Oman is famous for, in addition to Oman’s distinctive architecture, whether in the construction of niches in mosques, halls, doors or wooden arches.

This museum takes the visitor on a journey through the various stages of development and growth of the city, from a commercial port to a prosperous capital, and stands witness to Muscat’s relics and history.

Timings

Sunday - Thursday :8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Friday and Saturday: closed

Fees

Adults : Free

Children : Free

 

Land of Frankincense Museum

The Land of Frankincense Museum is considered one of the most prominent historical museums in Oman because it includes historical and cultural features from different eras.

The museum is located in Dhofar Governoratein the heart of a historic site that was registered in UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 as an archaeological and tourism park after consultation with the international organisation.

UNESCO chose the Al Baleed site, considered by archaeologists as the most important remnants of an Islamic ancient city on the Arabian Sea coast, as being part of the historic home of the frankincense tree the Sultanate of Oman is renowned for, especially since frankincense was the most important Omani export in ancient times.

The museum is located in Al Baleed. It is divided into two main halls: the Hall of History which branches into 6 sections, and the Marine Hall which is divided into 7 sections.

Timings

Sunday - Thursday:8 AM - 2 PM 4 PM - 8 PM

Friday - Saturday: Closed

 
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