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Museums

Sub Section: Parks & Gardens Museums Shoppings Scuba Diving Rock Climbing/Trekking Surfing & Sailing Cave Exploration Bull Fight/Camel Race


Museum of Omani Heritage

Opened on 17th November 1974, this museum contains detailed archaeological and artefacts information. The other section contains information about agriculture and minerals, trade routes, architecture, dhows, firearms, art & crafts of Oman. Operated by the Ministry of Heritage andCulture.
Location: Al Alam Street, on the hill behind
the Ministry of Information, Way 1566.
Timings: Sat to Wed 08:00-13:30 hrs,
and Thurs 04:00-06:00pm hrs.
Entry fees: 500 bzs (adults) 200 bzs (children)
and 100 bzs (under 6 years)
Tel: +96824600946

The National Museum

Previously known as the Museum of Bait Assayed / Nadir bin Faisal bin Turki, this museum open in 1978. It contains silver ornaments, copper crafts and samples of Omani ships, in addition a letter dated 8th century Hijri sent by the Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) to the rulers of Oman A'bd and Jaifer Sons of Al Julanda, inviting the people of Oman to Islam.
There is a special section showing belongings of Al Busaidi dynasty, the rulers of Zanzibar.Operated by the Ministry of Heritage A Culture.
Location: above Islamic Library, Way 3123, off
A'Noor Street Ruwi -near the Al Fallaj Hotel.
Timings: Saturday – Thursday from 9.30am – 1.30pm.
Entry fees: 500 bzs (adults), 200 bzs (children)
and 100 bzs (under 6 yrs)
Tel: +96824701289

Children's Museum

Children of all ages can enjoy scientific experiments through hands on experience. It contains innovative ideas to explore science. The museum has recently opened a new computer workshop for its visitors to learn technology in an interactive way.Operated by the Ministry of Heritage and
Culture.

.Location: Housed in dome shaped building at Shatti al Qurum near the Qurum Natural Park, Way no 2601
Timings: Saturday – Thursday from 9.30am – 1.30pm
Entry fees: 500 bzs (adults) 100 bzs (children
under 12 years)
Tel: +96824605368

Natural History Museum
 

Opened on 20th December 1985, Gives an interesting tour of Oman's flora and fauna. Showcases display the country's indigenous species: mammals, insects, birds, and the adjoining whale room houses a huge skeleton of a sperm whale which was washed up on one of Oman's beaches around 27 years ago. The botanical gardens are perfect to stroll through during the cooler months and have highly scented shrubs which are found throughout the Sultanate.
Location:
Located at Ministry of Heritage and Culture
complex, Al Khuwair, off the dual carriageway,
Seeb direction, opposite the Zawawi Mosque.
Timings: Saturday – Thursday from 9.30am – 1.30pm.
Entry fees:  500 bzs (adults), 200 bzs (children)
and 100 bzs (under 6 yrs)
Tel: +96824641374 / +968241510

Bait al Zubair
 
Has a vast collection of ancient household equipment, costumes and weapons. Most of the exhibits have come from the owner's private collection. Outside, there is a falaj running through a full-scale Omani village and souq.
Location:On Al Saidiya Street in Old Muscat go through
the gate, just past the bend in the road on the
right-hand side.
Timings: Saturday – Thursday from 9am – 1pm & 4pm –7pm.
Entry fees: Ro 1.000 (Expel) 500 baz (Omani), 250 baz (childern)
Tel: +96824736688

The Oil and Gas Exhibition Centre&Planetarium
 

It was donated to the people of Oman by PDO in 1995. The museum takes you to an interactive journey through Oman's discovery, extraction and use of  fossil fuels.

Location:
On Seih Al Maleh Street, Qurum on the right before PDO Gate no 2
Opening Times: Saturday – Wednesday from 7am – 12noon & 1 – 3.45pm, Thursdays 8am – 12noon
Entry fees:
Free Entry
Tel: +96824677834.


PDO Planetarium

Adjacent to Oil and Gas Museum, the planetarium was built in the year 2000.
Arabic Shows Timings: Every Wednesday from the month of May - October at 5pm and November - April at 4pm, every Thursday 11-12noon.
English Shows Timings: Every Wednesday from 7- 8pm, every Thursday 10-11pm.

Location: On Seih Al Maleh Street, Qurum on the right before PDO Gate no 2
Opening Times: on Sundays at 1701 Wednesdays 1700 hr,
Arabic and 1900 hrs English; Thursday
mornings: 10-11 English and 1112 noon Arabic
Best to book seats.
Entry fees:
Free Entry
Tel: +96824675542.
Email: planetarium@pdo.co.om
www.pdo.co.om/planetarium


Omani - French Museum
 

The museum was the residence of French Consul  known as Bait Faransa. It was presented as a gift by the Sultan Assayed / Faisal bin Turki to the first French Consul in Muscat in 1896. It was opened on 29th January 1992 by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the late French President Franηois Mitterrand. The museum concern the Omani-French relationship over the years and displays furniture, clothes and photographs of the early French diplomats, and contains historical documents, and samples of Omani - French ships in addition to Omani and French costumes & jewellery. Operated by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture
Location:Located in Lane 9310, Qasr Al Alam Street, Old
Muscat. On right side, after going through the
Gate (under the Gate Museum).
Timings: Saturday – Thursday from 9am – 1pm (from October 1st – March 31st the museum opens from 9am – 1pm & 4 – 6pm)
Entry fees: 500 bzs (adults) and 200 bzs (6-12 yrs).
Tel: +96824736613

The Sultan's Armed Forces Museum

It is located in150 year old Bait Al Falaj fort, the original garrison headquarters for Sultan Said bin Sultan's Armed Forces. Oman's military history is explored using weapons, uniforms, motor vehicles and defense systems.Uniforms, guns ranging from antique cannons, through early machine guns, to the weapons taken from rebels in Dhofar, models of vehicles and planes, instruments, medals an ejector seat and a parachute are displayed.Operated by the Ministry of Defence.
Location:  Bait At Falaj in Full on Al Mujamma Street
past the At Falaj Hotel, near dual carriageway exit.
Timings: Saturday – Thursday from 8am – 1.30pm.
Entry fees: RO 1 (adults), 500 Bzs (children) Fee exempted for military personnel
Tel: +96824312642

Aquarium and Marine Science& Fisheries Centre
 

Between the Al Bustan Palace Hotel and the Capital Yacht  Set up in 1986 near Sidab Muscat, the aquarium showcases rich and unique marine life from the Omani waters. With a coastline stretching nearly 3,165 kilometers, MSFC in co-operation with Sultan Qaboos University is studying range of marine species with particular emphasis on the conservation of ecosystems and endangered species, including turtles. The aquarium has recently been renovated.
Location:  Ministry of Fisheries, Near Marina Bandar Al Rowda, Sidab.
Opening Times: Saturday - Wednesday from 8am -2.30pm, Thursday 8am – 1pm & Friday 3-7pm
Entry fees: Free Entry
Tel: +96824736449

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