National Museum of Oman, Muscat

The new building in Old Muscat is modern, light and airy, and there is sufficient variety and depth in the display and interpretation across the numerous gallery spaces to keep the visitor engaged and enthused. Unlike many other museums in the Gulf region, the NMO has a bountiful collection of interesting, important and oftentimes beautiful objects.

The maritime story is, of course, strong. Dhow boats take pride of place, and clearly present the ongoing tradition of sophisticated design and skilled craftsmanship. Other stories explore Oman’s extended connections with other parts of the world, reaching back some 5,000 years and continuing till today. The richness of the interaction between Oman, it’s near Arab neighbours, Africa, India, Pakistan, the Far East, Europe and North America is richly evident in numerous galleries.

The Spanish firm, Acciona, was responsible for the splendid museography.

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Address Al Saidya Street, opposite Al Alam Palace, Old Muscat, Oman
Opening hours Daily 1000-1700, except Friday 1400-1800
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