Museums in Muscat


The Sultanate of Oman has a very rich heritage, culture and history which is showcased in numerous museums available in Muscat.

Bait Al Baranda

Opened on 16th December 2006 by the Minister of Heritage and Culture Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, 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 presents the story of Muscat including 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 Busaid dynasty; Muscat the harbour; Muscat today: The challenge and the achievement; and folk arts of Muscat. 

Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday 9:00am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 6:00pm. 
Entry fee:  RO 1 (adults), 500 bzs (children). Children under 4 years are not allowed.
Telephone: +968 2471 4262 
Fax: +968 2471 4261

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Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art

Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art is an exclusive addition to the Omani cultural scene, opened in January 2011 under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq bin Taimour Al Said.

Located near the Muttrah Fort, the museum is a dream project of Her Highness Sayyida Dr Ghalya bint Fahr bin Taimour Al Said.

Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday, 9:30am to 6:00pm.
Telephone: +968 2471 1460 
Fax: +968 2471 1620

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Bait Al Zubair

Bait Al Zubair (House of Al Zubair) is a private museum that opened its carved wooden doors to the public in 1998. It is totally funded by its founders, the Zubair family. The museum displays the family’s collection of Omani artefacts, which is considered to be the finest that is privately owned.

Bait Al Zubair Museum is located in Muscat, capital city of the Sultanate of Oman. Oman is an enchanting country that was one of the major civilisations of the ancient world, and has a diverse and magical landscape shrouded in legend and antiquity. Northern Oman is commonly thought to be part of the copper-rich civilisation of Magan, which was mentioned in the Mesopotamian cuneiform texts of the 3rd millennium BC, while southern Oman’s history is closely connected with frankincense, an aromatic resin that was highly prized throughout the ancient world. 

Opening hours: Saturday to Thursday, 9:30am to 6:00pm.
Telephone: +968 2473 6688 
Fax: +968 2474 0913


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Sultan's Armed Forces Museum

The fort was built in 1845 in the reign of Sayyid Said bin Sultan, the fourth grandfather of His Majesty. For defence purposes, two towers were added in 1885 in the reign of Sayyid Turki bin Said.

From 1918 to 1978 it was the military headquarters for the armed forces. In 1978 His Majesty gave orders to change the fort into a museum and the museum was opened in 1988. The Headquarters of the Armed Forces was moved to its new location at Muaskar Al-Murtafa'a.

The Sultan's Armed Forces Museum in Bait-Al Falaj fort was opened by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces on 11 December 1988.It provides a current chapter in the record of the Sultan's Armed Forces, documenting their military successes and giving a narrative of their progress to a modern and highly effective force built on the achievement and sacrifice of its past and present members, led by His Majesty who pioneered the renaissance.

Opening hours: Saturday, 9:00am to 12:00pm, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Sunday to Thursday, 8:00am to 1:30pm.

Entry fee: RO 1 (adults), 500 bzs (children).

Telephone: +968 2431 2646 
Fax: +968 2431 2440


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Omani French Museum

This museum was opened on 29th January 1992 and focuses on the historic relationship between the Sultanate of Oman and France, which dates back to the early 18th century. It is located in the former French Embassy building in Muscat, which operated from 1896 to 1920. 

The museum contains a number of collections including historical documents that record Omani French trade relations, exhibits valuable stamps and, in a special hall, displays samples of traditional costumes and jewellery from Oman's coastal cities, including Muscat, Salalah, Sur and some wilayats from al-Batinah. The museum also exhibits French costumes from Marseille and Lorient, both of which enjoyed successful trade relations with Muscat. There is also a display of daily scenes from Muscat in the 1950s and from Brittany between 1910 and 1912.

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