Oman has a number of museums, primarily in the capital area, that are focused on promoting culture, science, and heritage.
In Muscat, attractions like The National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman, Bait Al Baranda and Bait Al Zubair offer a glimpse into the country’s past with well-preserved artefacts from daily life and works of art. Bait Al Safah is located in Al Hamra, in one of Oman’s best-preserved old towns, and is a living museum. Visitors can experience locals demonstrating traditional ways of making Omani coffee, bread making and more.
The Museum of Frankincense Land in Salalah borders the ruins of Al Baleed Archaeological Park and is dedicated to the trading history of this ancient port. Visitors will find information on how trade with Frankincense and maritime strength ensured the region flourished in the 12th century.
The National Museum
The National Museum is the Oman’s flagship cultural institution, showcasing the Sultanate’s cultural heritage from the earliest evidence of human settlement in the Oman Peninsula through to the present day.
As a national institution with global outreach, the Museum is ensuring that Oman’s cultural heritage is recognised and appreciated not only within the Sultanate, but also internationally. Through an interchange of knowledge and skills on issues of cultural heritage, it is helping to build a national and international network based on unity and mutual support. Further, it is providing opportunities for cultural expression, innovation and the transfer of traditional skills and knowledge from one generation to the next. For more https://www.nm.gov.om
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.
Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum was graciously inaugurated in 1988 by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos,the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The Museum was a view of the of Oman’s military history through its various stages, represented by the historic Bait Al Falaj Fort , which was built during the reign of Sayyid Said bin Sultan in 1845 .
Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum is the only Military Museum in the Sultanate of Oman. The visitor can be seen inside the museum the Oman Military History since the period of pre-Islamic Oman until the Renaissance period. The visitor will know a lot of information about this museum from the galleries and their exhibits such as weapons, photographs and historical documents. All of these things will transfer the visitor to those times, to witness the story of victories and military events. The visitor will also notice the great development of Oman military after 1970.This Museum contains an outside exhibition, which concludes on a lot of military equipments which had previously been used in the Sultan’s Armed Forces, such as vehicles, tanks and aircraft and ships.
- Sunday-Thursday:8 AM – 2:30 PM
- Saturday: 9 AM – 12 PM
- Omani adults : 0.500 Bz
- Non-Omani Adults : 1 OMR
Bait Al Barandah Museum
This is one of the historical and cultural sites in Muscat, known also as the House of Naseeb. He was the merchant Naseeb Bin Mohammed who built the house in the late nineteenth century. “Al Barandah” is the local pronunciation of the foreign word “veranda”, which means “balcony”. The House was named after the balcony that extends along the length of the façade on the first floor.
The museum recounts the history of Muscat since its geological formation to the present day, using interactive technology that displays pictures of tectonic plate movement over the past 750 million years until today, showing the activity that formed the continents in the past and how they will change over the next 250 million years. The museum also includes documentation of the Sultanate of Oman’s history since its inception to the present day.
- Sunday- Saturday:9 AM -1:00 PM 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
- Adults : 1 OMR
- Children : 0.500 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
notes :Interance fees children free
- Sunday – Thursday:9:30 AM -6:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:30 AM -6:00 PM
- Adults : 2 Riyal
- Children : 1 Riyal