The National Museum
The National Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Museum - Sultanate of Oman, established in 2013, is the Sultanate's flagship cultural institution, showcasing the nation's heritage from the earliest human settlement in the Oman Peninsula some two million years ago through to the present day. As a national institution with global outreach, the museum is dedicated to ensuring Oman's cultural heritage is understood and appreciated not only within the Sultanate, but also internationally. Further, it aims to provide opportunities for cultural expression, innovation and the transfer of traditional skills and knowledge from one generation to the next. The museum is located in the heart of Muscat in a magnificent purpose-designed building. The total area of the building is 13,700 square metres (147,000 sq ft), including 4,000 square metres (43,000 sq ft) allocated for 14 permanent galleries - The Land and the People Gallery, Maritime History Gallery, Arms and Armour Gallery, Aflaj Gallery, Currency Gallery, Prehistory and Ancient History Galleries, Splendours of Islam Gallery, Oman and the World Gallery, Intangible Heritage Gallery and Renaissance Gallery, among others. A further 400 square metres (4,300 sq ft) are allocated for temporary exhibitions. The National Museum houses 5466 objects and offers 43 digital immersive experiences, a fully equipped Learning Centre, state-of-the-art conservation facilities, a UHD cinema and discovery areas for children. It features an integrated infrastructure for special needs and is the first museum in the Middle East to adopt Arabic Braille script for the visually impaired. It also houses the region's first open-plan museum storage concept, where visitors can learn about the various processes that artefacts go through before they are put on display.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Explore58536041695
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Located next to the beautiful Sultan's Palace, the museum is well worth a visit if you are interested in seeing some of the history of Oman. I've seen comments about the admission fee for tourists, but at 5 rial each it is well worth it. There are so many beautiful artefacts to see. The café is small but adequate.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2024
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is how to do a museum properly!
    Entry was 10 OMR for the 2 of us and the museum was superb. There were few other visitors and the museum was well laid out with all explanation panels in English, Arabic and braille. There was a multitude of different galleries covering weapons, seafaring, Islam, agriculture, trade, clothing, architecture and probably more. I really can't fault a single aspect of the museum, there were clear explanations for every exhibit, there were interactive displays to show how the old wooden boats were made and plenty of maps to show which region was being spoken about. Each gallery had portable stools that you could use of you wanted a breather and the whole prehistory and history of the region was covered. We discovered some awesome looking sites that I wasn't aware of that have now been added to my travel list! We spent 2 hours on the museum and only left because they were closing at 3PM (which we didn't know or we'd have got there earlier).
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2024
  • Ali Nazifpour
    Tehran, Iran30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    A great beautiful museum with a great design and a comprehensive view of the history and the culture of Oman. You are missing out if you don't visit! PS. It's the only museum I've visited where you're encouraged to touch some displays so that's fun!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 April 2024
  • WMBandit
    Shanghai, China2,065 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    Great museum opposite the palace and at a very good location. Also opposite the bus that takes you to Mutrah and Ruwi. Very nice collection of things. Love especially the exhibition on various cultures and their connection to Oman. Overall an enjoyable visit
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 April 2024
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WMBandit
Shanghai, China2,065 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Great museum opposite the palace and at a very good location. Also opposite the bus that takes you to Mutrah and Ruwi.
Very nice collection of things. Love especially the exhibition on various cultures and their connection to Oman.
Overall an enjoyable visit
Written 30 April 2024
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Ali Nazifpour
Tehran, Iran30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A great beautiful museum with a great design and a comprehensive view of the history and the culture of Oman. You are missing out if you don't visit! PS. It's the only museum I've visited where you're encouraged to touch some displays so that's fun!
Written 28 April 2024
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Anthony W
Greater Sydney, Australia23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The National Museum in Muscat is not very large, but well organised into sections including weaponry, costumes, maritime etc. Unfortunately the Philately section was closed on the day of my visit.
Written 24 March 2024
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scotdoc2015
Birmingham, UK223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Immaculate building. Well presented. Divided into segments. Tickets on entry. No paper guide. Lots to take in. Photos allowed. If needing rest, café within museum.
Written 20 March 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Entry was 10 OMR for the 2 of us and the museum was superb. There were few other visitors and the museum was well laid out with all explanation panels in English, Arabic and braille. There was a multitude of different galleries covering weapons, seafaring, Islam, agriculture, trade, clothing, architecture and probably more. I really can't fault a single aspect of the museum, there were clear explanations for every exhibit, there were interactive displays to show how the old wooden boats were made and plenty of maps to show which region was being spoken about.

Each gallery had portable stools that you could use of you wanted a breather and the whole prehistory and history of the region was covered. We discovered some awesome looking sites that I wasn't aware of that have now been added to my travel list! We spent 2 hours on the museum and only left because they were closing at 3PM (which we didn't know or we'd have got there earlier).
Written 18 March 2024
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Explore58536041695
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Located next to the beautiful Sultan's Palace, the museum is well worth a visit if you are interested in seeing some of the history of Oman. I've seen comments about the admission fee for tourists, but at 5 rial each it is well worth it. There are so many beautiful artefacts to see.
The café is small but adequate.
Written 12 March 2024
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my journey
Muscat, Oman38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
There are a lot of ancient items to see inside. But if you want to take a video or photo, it will be better to bring a phone or camera which has better low light photography, and videography capability. As the rooms are darker with a limited amount of spotlights.
The entry charge for resident cardholders is 2 OMR per person.
It's better to call the museum before you visit as sometimes there will be some functions going on so that it won't disturb your visit.
The section for the weapons and Armory and ship is worth to see.
Written 2 February 2024
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,139 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I go to national museums to learn about the history of a country. i didn’t learn much about the history of Oman at this museum. It focuses more on various types of artifacts (e.g. clothing; knives; architecture). It was ok in that regard but I found it very underwhelming.
Written 13 January 2024
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Candace W
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Found it boring to be honest. Been to better in the middle East.
Staff were nice and there is a lil cafe.
Wouldn't recommend
Written 2 November 2023
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Tania M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We only made a quick visit to this Museum as part of a city tour. I could have spent a couple of hours here. The age of some items is mind boggling. All presented wonderfully
Written 29 June 2023
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