Friday, December 13
This is a
private museum which has an unsurpassed
collection of Oman's postal history.
Building 2881, Way2: opposite Medinat Al Sultan Qaboos bridge turning.
Opening Times: Sat to
& 16:00-19:00 hours.
3 per person.
museum in the Central Bank of Oman
Central bank of Oman complex has a distinctive
Islamic architectural character. One of its
numerous features if a currency collection which
illustrates the history of Omani coinage in the
pre-Islam and Islamic periods, as well as the
history of the Currency and paper money in
circulation during the period before the issue
of the first national currency - the Saidi Rial
- during the reign of His late majesty Sultan
Said bin Taimour on 07.05.1970.
Central Bank of Oman Building in the central business district of Ruwi, opposite HSBC Bank HQ. An inter.
Opening Times: Sat to
Wed: 08:30,12:30 hrs
The Muscat Gate House
Museum, housed in a fort-like building across
a road leading out of old Muscat opened in the
year 2000. Displays cover Oman's history from
Neolithic times to the present. There is a
special exhibit on Muscat's water springs,
ancient wells, underground channels, souqs,
houses, mosques, harbours and forts.
Location: On Muttrah Corniche, Al
Bahri Road to Old Muscat, located in the gate
on both sides of the road, Way no 8845
Saturday – Thursday from 9.30 11.30am & 4.30 –
Opened on 16th December 2006, the name of this building literally
translates as "Villa with a Verandah". Situated after the port
roundabout, on the right side just before the fish roundabout on the Muttrah corniche. It is inter-active and contains the history of Muscat,
and is administered by Muscat Municipality.
The Museum present the story of Muscat include plate tectonics
and scenic diversity in Muscat (geology); ancient life in Muscat;
earliest human settlements from 10,000 BC to the early Islamic era;
Muscat in the words of geographers and travelers; Muscat from the 1st
century to 1744 AD; Al Bu Said dynasty; Muscat the harbour; Muscat
today: The challenge and the achievement; and folk arts of Muscat. Where
adopted in providing this information, with state-of-the art technology
to provide an interactive briefing to visitors.
Bait al Baranda become a part of Omani landmarks that would embody
and preserve the memories of Muscat city and introduce the history of
the city and contribute to cultural activities.
To ensure the perfection of renovation work, a specialized Omani
institution to conduct historical research that was carried out by
university researchers who verified historical facts from more than
2,500 references and documents in libraries and
archives in Oman and abroad.
(Sat to Thurs)0900
to 1300 hrs and 1600-1800 hrs
Entry fee: R.O
1.000(adults), 500 bzs (children )(children under 4 years are not
is a beautiful country house
(small Castle) restored and furnished in
original Omani style.Operated by Ministry of
Heritage and Culture.
an hour’s drive from Muscat on the dual
Saturday - Wednesday from 9am-1.30pm.
+96824641300 extn 142
Nakhal Fort Museum
Operated by the Ministry of Tourism, this restored
Fort on the Batinah coast contains an interesting display of Historic
guns. Located one hundred miles southwest of Muscat, this fort was built
between 1670 and 1680 to protect a local oasis and trade routes passing
through the regional capital of Nizwa. The fort and a weekly goat
auction market every Friday attracts local Bedouin are reminders of the
past in an otherwise modern city.
town 1 ½ hrs from Muscat.
Opening Times: Saturday - Thursday
from 9am - 4pm.
displays rich collection of inscriptions on
large stone slabs and rocks. Most of these
inscriptions were found in Khor Rori where
excavations unearthed the Port City of Sumharam.
The ancient inscriptions are in southern Arabic
and were used in Dhofar and Yemen in the
pre-Islamic times. Ancient Dhofari inscriptions
have also been found in many caves in the
region. Also a range of local artefacts and
costumes of Dhofar are also displayed.
In Salalah 1 ½ hrs from Muscat by flight or
10-12 hours by road.
Saturday – Thursday from 7:30am -2:30pm.
Opened in February 1993, it consists of six sections - private
facilities used by the inmates of the
fort, exhibits of the ancient copper trade in Sohar, tomb of late Sayyed
Thuwaini bin Said Al Busaidi (1866), an underground passage, exhibits
showing importance of ancient Sohar city, its history of navigation and
overseas trade with Canton city in China, archaeological evidences of
Sohar town and the events witnessed by it.
In Sohar 1 ½ hrs from Muscat.
Saturday – Thursday from 9am – 1.30pm & 4 – 6pm) (under renovation)
RO 1 (expats), 500 Bzs (Omanis), 250 Bzs (children)
Land of Frankincense
Opened on 23rd of July 2007, this museum contains two halls, the History
Hall and the Maritime Hall. The History Hall consists of six sections.
Section One embodies the Sultanate’s geography: the country’s long
coastline which has been the venue of important events and a gateway for
contact with other nations.
Section Two entitled ‘Oman in Ancient Times’ recounts tales of
settlement and episodes of human civilisation and activities such as
fishing, farming, herding and the making of pottery, textiles and metal
utensils. The exhibits in this section include items from the Bronze Age
and contacts with Mesopotamia, India and China.
Section Three, entitled “Land of Frankincense” focuses on frankincense
trade and contacts with other nations and people such as the Pharaoh,
the Phoenicians, the Greek, the Romans, the Persians, the Indians and
the Chinese. Section Four gives insights about the advent of Islam in
Oman. It reminds the visitor about Prophet Mohammed’s prayers for
blessings for the Omani people. This section also shows how Omanis
helped propagate Islam and contributed to studies on religion and how
Oman, as an Islamic nation, was distinguished for its integrity,
tolerance and composure.
Section Four gives examples of important historical events to which Oman
was venue or in which Omanis were a party. This section refers to the
extension of Oman’s influence along the Arab Gulf, the Arabian Sea and
the eastern coast of Africa. Section Six is dedicated to the Sultanate’s
modern renaissance brought about by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos in 1970.
The Marine Hall consists of seven sections. Exhibits in the first
section (the maritime heritage) shows that Omanis had the knowledge of
navigation since the olden times. Their seafaring activities had been
taking place during the period of the civilisation of Mesopotamia and
the Indus valley. The exhibits also illustrate a ancient regular trade
links with India, China, east Africa, the Mediterranean and afterward
with the UK and the United States.
In Salalah at al Baleed Park.
Sayyid Faisal bin
The Sayyid Faisal bin Ali Museum, displaying Oman’s
fortified architecture and traditional weaponry.The museum is in memory of
late Sayyid Faisal bin Ali al Said.
Established by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, includes a
permanent exhibition of
traditional weaponry in the Sultanate as well as
spacious gallery with the panel exhibition on Oman’s fortified
architecture. The exhibition gallery is designed in a way that it is able
to host temporary exhibition from a wide range of fields, from history and
archaeology to science and fine arts. The museum is accommodated in the
former stage building of the ministry built under late Sayyid Faisal when
he was the Minister of Heritage and Culture.
Originally used for theatrical and musical performances, the hall has now
been architecturally modified and refurbished to suit its new purpose. The
exhibition on Oman’s fortified architecture displays Omani landscape from
the governorate of Muscat along the Batinah region to Musandam in the north
and the interior regions to Dhofar down south depicting different types of
towers, forts and castles of fortified settlements and residential
As for traditional weaponry, the exhibition shows the earliest known
weapons in Oman’s prehistory to the rich archaeological finds from the
bronze to iron ages. The display ends with the two icons of Omani armoury —
the exquisite Omani khanjar and the straight and curved swords. On display
also are the early hand-held firearms and many of later 19th and early 20th
century guns, including the famous Martini Henry that, through their rich
Omani silver decoration, were transformed into works of art.
Saturday to Wednesday from 8.00am to 2.00pm.
Gives an intersting
tour of Oman's flora and fauna.Showcases display indigenous
species.In the adjoining whale hall is a skeleton of sperm whale
which was found on one of Oman's beaches around 27 years ago. The
botanical gardens, containing shrubs found in the Sultanate, are
perfect for a short stroll in the cooler months.
Located in the Ministry of Heritage and Culture complex, Al
Khwair.Off the dual carriageway going towards Muscat airport,
opposite the Ice Skating Rink,take the turning right signposted Al
Wazarat Street, and left at the roundabout.Museum is on the right.
to Thursday, 0900-1300 hours
Entry fees:500 baizas(adults),200
baizas(children) and 100 baizas(under 6 years)