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5 Must-Visit Museums In Oman

Work Your Way Through The Sultanate’s best museums, as we present to you the essential bucket list from awe-inspiring natural history collections, to interactive exhibitions

by RABIA QAISER

Oman is a culturally rich country with a kaleidoscope of history, which is what makes it a dream destination for the museum-lovers.

Here’s our list of museums which you must visit if you’ve got an afternoon to spare or want to take a glimpse into the country’s historic past.

1. The National Museum

Showcasing the long and vibrant history of Oman, this masterpiece is home to some of the most remarkable historical artifacts from the region. The beautiful structure opened its doors in 2016, and it highlights different eras and focal points with a collection of exhibits.

Address: Old Muscat, Al Saidiya St

Contact: +968 2208 1500

2. Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum

The Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos inaugurated the museum in 1988. During your visit, learn about the past and present history of Oman’s Military from the Pre-Islamic period till the Renaissance era. Its collection spans with galleries of weapons, photographs, and important historical documents.

Address: Al Mujamma St

Contact: +968 2431 2648

3. Bait Al Zubair

This fantastic museum allows you to take a closer look into the past and present of Oman’s history and traditions. Although small, be prepared to be mesmerized by an array of unique collections. Built from a private collection, the museum highlights the cultural customs of each of the 11 governates that surround the Sultanate, including household items, swords, rifles, coins, stamps, and maps.

Address: Old Muscat, Al Saidiya St

Contact: +968 2208 4700

4. Museum of The Frankincense Land

The Museum of the Frankincense Land based in Oman’s subtropical city of Salalah gives a comprehensive view of the Sultanate and its various governates. This historical UNESCO site covers the history of the frankincense trade as well as the geology of the region. Located by waterways, this is one you don’t want to miss!

Address: Salalah

Contact: +968 2320 2566

5. Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art

For an inexpensive fee, view a wide selection of interesting art pieces from local artists. You can also take a stroll through the history of Omani houses during the 60s and 70s. The charming museum reflects true Omani heritage and its layout with mazes and outer space makes for truly a unique visit.  

Address: Muttrah

Contact: +968 2471 1640

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