The Sultanate of Oman is one of the oldest countries in the world and maintains a tranquil, historic charm, contrary to its neighbours. Naturally, the capital, Muscat, is filled with many unmissable museums that reveal Oman’s rich cultural history. From war museums to old homes that have been transformed to tell the tales of the mysterious country, here’s a list of must-visit museums in the port city of Muscat.
Bait Al Zubair is a private museum funded by the Zubair family, one of the oldest families of the Sultanate. The cultural space not only showcases beautiful artworks and artefacts, but also hosts events. The complex consists of five different buildings, each encompassing a unique standpoint: Bait Al Bagh, Bait Al Dalaleel, Bait Al Oud, Bait Al Nahdhah and Gallery Sarah. There’s also a traditional Arabic-style garden, café and gift shop.
Bait Al Zubair, Muscat 100, Oman. T: +968 22 084700
Formerly, Bait Al Baranda housed the American Mission in the early 1930s, then the British Council in the late 70s, but is now open for visitors to enjoy various displays of the country’s landmarks. People can learn about Muscat from the 1st century to 1744 AD, and get an insight into Oman during the Portuguese occupation, plus learn more about the Frankincense trade. (Frankincense was highly valuable in ancient times, and still is today, and is known for its healing properties).
Bait Al Baranda, Muscat, Oman. T: +968 24 714262
Art and fashion lovers rejoice at this unique establishment. The museum is a collection of typical Omani houses, dating from the 1950s to 1975, which reveal Oman’s traditional customs and traditions. Early Omani life is portrayed using different rooms, such as the wedding, kitchen and display, mother and children’s and winter rooms. There are also art and fashion exhibits, and a gift shop for those who want to buy souvenirs.
Muttrah, Muscat, Oman, +968 24 711640