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Museums

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will know a lot of information about this museum from the galleries and their exhibits such as weapons, photographs and historical documents.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.

0096824312655Tel:
0096824312440Fax:
www.safmuseum.gove.om

E-mail: safmuseum@hotmail.com
Timings

  • 8:00-13:00 Morning, 15:00-18:00 Evening
  • Vacation:

Fees

  • 500 Baiza :
  • free for Children :

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.

Timings

  • 09:00 - 13:00 16:00-18:00

Fees

  • 1 OMR
  • 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

Timings

  • Saturday - Thursday:9:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Friday: Holiday

Fees

  • Adults : 2 Riyal
  • 10-15 years old : 1 Riyal

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 Governorateand 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

  • 9:00-13:00
  • Vacation

Fees

  • 500 Baiza
  • 100 Baiza

Ecology Oman centre

Ecology Oman Centre is Petroleum Development Oman Gift to the Nation on the occasion of the 40th National Day of Oman. It is a non-profitable centre dedicated to inform and inspire the general public to appreciate and adopt an eco friendly attitude and lifestyle. The museum does so by offering hands-on experiments and experiences that communicate directly how energy and electricity work and how we can make a change by using Renewable & Sustainable Energies Resources.

TEL: 00968 24676375 Email: ecoman@pdo.co.om

Timings

  • sunday - thursday:8:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Friday - 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

  • 08:00 - 14:00
  • 16:00 - 20:00

Fees

  • For each truck

Maritime Museum

The city of Sur is abundant with examples of the Omani marine heritage that highlights the leading role the Omanis played in the maritime industry for a long period of time. In order to preserve this tradition for future generations, the Maritime Museum was built in Sur in the Al-Aruba Club headquarters to reflect the various aspects of Oman’s maritime heritage.

This museum was established in 1987 and houses pictures and models of Omani ships and their captains and shipbuilders, the ports the ships frequented, as well as the equipment and tools used for navigation, such as instruments, maps and manuscripts.

In another corner, the visitor can see tools of the shipbuilding industry and types of wood, nails and night-time guidance lights. The museum also includes pictures of Sur City in 1905.

Timings

  • 16:00-20:00

Fees

  • 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

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.

Some of the rare displays exhibited in this museum are traces of tree fossils found in Al Huquf dating back more than 260 million years, in addition to the remains of coral fossils dating back over 270 million years found in Wadi AsSahtan in Rustaq. Also found were remnants of jaw teeth belonging to a specific type of monkey, as well as the teeth of prehistoric animals dating back between 15 and 35 million years. The museum displays some aspects of the lives of the different types of reptiles, colourful butterflies, and other organisms that live in the wilds of the Sultanate, as well as the remains of trees and fossilised bones.

The Museum of Natural History also has the whale hall that displays skeletons, bones and skulls of whales. The importance of this hall lies in identifying the different types and sizes of whales that live in the depths of the sea.

Timings

  • 9:30-13:30 Morning, 17:00-19:00 Evening 

Fees

  • 500 Baiza
  • 200 Baiza, 100 Baiza for under 6

National Museum

The National Museum was opened in 1978 and was formerly known as the Museum of the House of Mr. Nadir Bin Faisal Bin Turki. In 1988, it was moved to Ruwi in Muscat Governorateand named the National Museum. This museum includes a number of sections, like the main hall where the tourist will see many varieties of bracelets, necklaces, rings, copper tools, and aspects of Omani traditional life.

In the museum there is a section to display silverware, prototypes of traditional Omani ships as well as some documents and postage stamps.

Timings

  • 9:30-1:30 Morning, 17:00-19:00 Evening
  • 17:00-19:00

Fees

  • 500 Baiza
  • 200 Baiza, 100 Baiza for under 6

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.

TEL: 00968 24 677834


Timings

  • sundau - thursday:8:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Friday - Saturday: Closed

Fees

  • Adults : Free
  • Children : Free

Old Castle Museum

The museum is located at the Old Castel in the eastern area of Oman in Wilayt Al Kamil Wa Al wafi overlooking the famous Al Kamil market and the heritage old houses. The Castel was built in the last quarter of the seventeenth century while the museum was established in 2012 after the completion of the castle restoration. One of the freshest Falajs in Oman, Falaj Al- Kamil, passes inside this ancient Castle which Wilayt Al-Kamil is named after.
The Museum displays to visitors more than ten thousand of assorted old and heritage pieces dating back to centuries of time. It has more than 1400 pieces of old ceramic and more than 700 piece of old copper, metals, old tools, electronics and old machineries. Additionally, it displays palm leaves craft works, traditional wooden boxes, and various potteries. Beside this it has more than 350 pieces of textiles, old leathers, glass, silverware, guns, swords, daggers, coins, paper notes, local and international card phones, stamps and old books and magazines.
Telephone number : 25557773
gsm : 99259529
Website: www.old-castle-museum.com
E-mail: Old.castle.museum@gmail.com

Timings

  • From Saturday to Friday:8:00-17:00

Fees

  • Greater than 18 years : 1.000 R.O
  • Under 18 years : 200 Baiza with a guardian only

Omani Museum

The museum is located in the Media City in the Muscat Governorate. It includes the Department of Ancient History which displays many relics of ancient civilizations such as stone tombs, rock carvings and remains of tools used by ancient civilisations, including agricultural tools, old types of steatite and some stone necklaces.

This museum also includes a section dealing with land and man. It displays agricultural management in Omani villages and irrigation methods used there.

Timings

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

  • 9:00-13:00 Morning, 16:00-18:00 Evening
  • Closed

Fees

  • 500 Baiza
  • 200 Baiza

Planetarium

A planetarium was built by Petroleum Development Oman in 2000 as a Gift to the nation in the occasion of the 30th national day . Planetarium is a sort of cinema with a domed ceiling. The stars, planets and other celestial bodies are projected onto the domed ceiling and realistically simulate the positions and movements of the heavens. In a planetarium you can see educational and entertaining shows focusing on a certain theme to do with a particular star cluster for example.

TEL: 00968 24 675542 web site: www.planetarium.pdo.co.om

Timings

  • Sunday - Thursday:8:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Friday - Saturday: Closed

Fees

  • Adults : Free
  • Children : Free

Sohar Fort Museum

Sohar Fort Museum opened in 1993. It relates the history of the ancient city of Sohar and its cultural ties with many other civilisations.

The museum includes three galleries, each divided into several rooms.

Timings

  • 8:00-13:30

Fees

  • 500 Baiza

Turtles Museum

Ras(Cape) Al Hadd is an internationally renowned nesting site sanctuary for the Green Sea Turtles, Chelonia Mydas, harboring one of the largest nesting population in the world. Around 13,000 Sea turtles come ashore along this sanctuary every year. Ras Al Hadd sanctuary is the largest nesting site in the Indian Ocean and the only site in the world where Sea Green Turtles come every night all year round.

But the story of Ras Al Jinz is not just a story about turtles. It’s just as much a story about humans who have been sharing this same beach with turtles for eight thousand years and probably more. The archaeological findings at Ras Al Jinz site -although the settlement there was only a fishing village- present a glimpse into the Ancient Civilization of Magan that, between 3000 and 2000 BCE, had culturally unified the Oman Peninsula, from the Abu Dhabi islands down to Masirah, in close connection with Mesopotamia, Iran, and the Indus Valley.

Timings

  • 09:00-20:00

Fees

  • 1.000 OMR
  • 0.500 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

  • Sat-Wed:09:00-13:00
  • Thur-Fri: Closed

Fees

  • more than 6 years : 0.250 RO
  • less than 6 years : free
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