Al Shindagha Museum
Al Shindagha Museum
4.5
Historic SitesHistoric Walking AreasHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The iconic Dubai Creek area is the home to our museum, where visitors can experience the vibrant history of Dubai. It was developed as part of an initiative to transform the creek into a regional culture and traditional centre. Shindagha Museum tells the universal tale of human innovation, resilience, and the desire for progress which shaped the Dubai of nowadays.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Ghubaiba • 2 min walk
  • Al Ras • 7 min walk
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  • mai
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    summer camp
    I enjoyed the camp activities especially the one where we opened the pearls and I liked the part where we learned about the history of uae currency and trade, that was really interesting. They were paying good attention and checking on everyone. They were very helpful and made sure to explain until we understood.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Sara Pachachi
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful way to discover dubai's past
    This is always my go-to place when vI want to explore the roots of Dubai's growth and its traditions. It's a mesmerising place to visit with each pavilion focusing on a different segment of Dubai's heritage. One of my favourites is the perfume museum and culture of the sea pavilion. A must-visit!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • dachi x
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of best museum experience I ever have
    The other day I have been to the Al Shindagha museum, and I really love the experience. Al Shindagha museum is actually a group of house, each represents a different subject, including Arabic Perfume, Poetry, Tradition Life on Lands/Coastal and so much more. Each house is well designed and full of interactivity, so it is a good choice for family and those who want to learn different aspect of Emirate culture. The staff at the museum are very helpful, some of the house staff will introduce you in detail about the subject of the house, and they are really friendly. It will probably take 3 to 4 hours if you want to go through most of the houses, it will be a excellent experience and remember to take some water with you.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 October 2023
  • SREENIVASAREDDY M
    Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates2,307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Children Pavillion, great expirience for kids provided with staff delightful guided tours, exercising great patience towards ki
    Children Pavillion, great expirience for kids provided with staff delightful guided tours, exercising great patience towards kids in offering training class on drawing, paper crafts etc. Both of my grandkids enjoyed a lot. Thanks to their mentor Ayesha especially for her Co.munication skills on understanding every child talent with short talk and offering them a suitable short training accordingly.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 October 2023
  • ktharg
    Calgary, Canada98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Al Shindagha Museum - Great experience
    This is a hidden gem within Dubai. We were not sure what to expect, but 3+ hours and 20+ buildings later we came out with a much better understanding of the city and the immense history of it and interactions as a hub to other countries. It is an unconventional layout going from building to building and some of the displays were a little repetitive, but overall it was very informative and had some great photos and insight to Old Dubai. Great thought and lots of tech went into this museum. There were many staff on site and all were very friendly and knowledgeable. A great way to pass and afternoon or evening out.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Ε Τ
    London, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely must visit!!!
    We were very sorry that we found out about this museum only on our last day in Dubai, and we could not devote more than 2-3 hours. This museum is a hidden gem, as described previously, very UNDER PROMOTED as noted previously, and it is a great pity that it was empty....the tech is amazing, the content is amazing, the staff is very helpful, and you get to learn a lot about UAE and the Emirati culture and history. We would recommend to first time visitors, to put this museum at the top of their list. They will not be disappointed!!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey5,134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an excellent museum displaying the history of Old Dubai
    I had visited the Al Shindagha Museum with a private tour when I was visiting Dubai for a graduate class. The staff could not have been nicer to us with the 45 minute tour we had of the museum. We got to see part of the introduction film and then we had a quick half hour tour of the museum with some of my classmates. The displays of ancient artifacts were very interesting. It is impressive how the museum preserved the City's past. Our tour guide explained the museum, what they were trying to accomplish and then took us room by room to see some of the displays. Even though it was a quick tour, I highly recommend a private tour of the museum so that you can see all the highlights of the museum. You need at least an hour in the museum.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 2 March 2024
  • Wanderer Journey
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Visit
    The museum is stunning. It’s very nicely laid out and there are people to direct you every step of the way even though it’s mostly self-guided. Clearly a lot of thought and planning went into it and it was really eye-opening and educational. I would plan for at least 3 hours to view all the pavilions. The restored historic houses were one of my favourite aspects of it although there were a lot of interactive and participatory elements as well. It’s definitely definitely worth the trip. The staff were very friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable as well, particularly in the jewellery section.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 March 2024
  • Family F.
    United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit that takes you back in time to an authentic and historic Dubai
    A wonderful museum for anyone interested in learning about the history of Dubai and its rich culture, which extends from a long pearling tradition to the literary arts (poetry, calligraphy), perfumery and jewellery and so much more. The staff, and the guides in particular, are most welcoming. A special mention to Rahmah Alsadi and the team at the jewellers' house.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 April 2024
  • ExoticTravelTom
    Nedre Eiker Municipality, Norway702 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good old story
    Al Shindagha Museums among the newest, family-friendly Heritage Museums in Dubai which is spread over several buildings. All this gives you an insight into the culture, traditions and history of Dubai. If you like history about the places you visit, this is definitely a museum to see. A good opportunity for good photos and historical experiences.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 May 2024
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柴 火
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This museum is the first place I visited in Dubai. It's incredible. It gives me a full understanding of Dubai's culture and history, Ms. Xinyan Liu gave us a tour in the Perfume house. She is very professional, explained in details. We really enjoyed with her. Highly recommend this museum.
Written 30 May 2024
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ExoticTravelTom
Nedre Eiker Municipality, Norway702 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Al Shindagha Museums among the newest, family-friendly Heritage Museums in Dubai which is spread over several buildings. All this gives you an insight into the culture, traditions and history of Dubai. If you like history about the places you visit, this is definitely a museum to see. A good opportunity for good photos and historical experiences.
Written 16 May 2024
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Family F.
United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A wonderful museum for anyone interested in learning about the history of Dubai and its rich culture, which extends from a long pearling tradition to the literary arts (poetry, calligraphy), perfumery and jewellery and so much more.
The staff, and the guides in particular, are most welcoming. A special mention to Rahmah Alsadi and the team at the jewellers' house.
Written 28 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wanderer Journey
Dubai, United Arab Emirates32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The museum is stunning. It’s very nicely laid out and there are people to direct you every step of the way even though it’s mostly self-guided. Clearly a lot of thought and planning went into it and it was really eye-opening and educational. I would plan for at least 3 hours to view all the pavilions. The restored historic houses were one of my favourite aspects of it although there were a lot of interactive and participatory elements as well. It’s definitely definitely worth the trip. The staff were very friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable as well, particularly in the jewellery section.
Written 22 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
I had visited the Al Shindagha Museum with a private tour when I was visiting Dubai for a graduate class. The staff could not have been nicer to us with the 45 minute tour we had of the museum. We got to see part of the introduction film and then we had a quick half hour tour of the museum with some of my classmates. The displays of ancient artifacts were very interesting. It is impressive how the museum preserved the City's past.

Our tour guide explained the museum, what they were trying to accomplish and then took us room by room to see some of the displays. Even though it was a quick tour, I highly recommend a private tour of the museum so that you can see all the highlights of the museum. You need at least an hour in the museum.
Written 2 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ε Τ
London, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We were very sorry that we found out about this museum only on our last day in Dubai, and we could not devote more than 2-3 hours. This museum is a hidden gem, as described previously, very UNDER PROMOTED as noted previously, and it is a great pity that it was empty....the tech is amazing, the content is amazing, the staff is very helpful, and you get to learn a lot about UAE and the Emirati culture and history. We would recommend to first time visitors, to put this museum at the top of their list. They will not be disappointed!!
Written 7 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

VDV11
London, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Quite simply, this is one of the best museums I've ever been to, and I'll echo some of the other comments in that it seems under-promoted.

The museum is actually a collection of over 20 separate exhibitions each located in traditional houses. Everything about the museum is 5* - brilliantly curated, a wealth of interesting information, multiple opportunities for hands-on exhibits, great use of tech, helpful and informative staff, spotlessly clean, and reasonably-priced.

We only had time to do a small fraction of the exhibitions and assuming a leisurely lunch break, you really need a whole day if you want to see all the content. Not many places in Dubai you can get a day's entertainment for equivalent of £10(GBP) and it also offers the opportunity of not having to take a taxi, being located directly outside Al Ghubaiba metro stop.

My 4 year old daughter left delighted, having particularly enjoyed the Children's House,and there aren't many museums that can achieve that with her!

An absolute must-visit whilst in Dubai for those interested in learning something.
Written 20 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ktharg
Calgary, Canada98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a hidden gem within Dubai. We were not sure what to expect, but 3+ hours and 20+ buildings later we came out with a much better understanding of the city and the immense history of it and interactions as a hub to other countries. It is an unconventional layout going from building to building and some of the displays were a little repetitive, but overall it was very informative and had some great photos and insight to Old Dubai. Great thought and lots of tech went into this museum. There were many staff on site and all were very friendly and knowledgeable. A great way to pass and afternoon or evening out.
Written 19 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SREENIVASAREDDY M
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates2,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Children Pavillion, great expirience for kids provided with staff delightful guided tours, exercising great patience towards kids in offering training class on drawing, paper crafts etc. Both of my grandkids enjoyed a lot. Thanks to their mentor Ayesha especially for her Co.munication skills on understanding every child talent with short talk and offering them a suitable short training accordingly.
Written 23 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

dachi x
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The other day I have been to the Al Shindagha museum, and I really love the experience. Al Shindagha museum is actually a group of house, each represents a different subject, including Arabic Perfume, Poetry, Tradition Life on Lands/Coastal and so much more. Each house is well designed and full of interactivity, so it is a good choice for family and those who want to learn different aspect of Emirate culture. The staff at the museum are very helpful, some of the house staff will introduce you in detail about the subject of the house, and they are really friendly. It will probably take 3 to 4 hours if you want to go through most of the houses, it will be a excellent experience and remember to take some water with you.
Written 3 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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