Al Ain National Museum

Coordinates: 24°12′58″N 55°46′26″E / 24.21611°N 55.77389°E / 24.21611; 55.77389
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Al Ain Museum
مَتْحَف ٱلْعَيْن
Entrance to the main museum's building
LocationAl Ain, Eastern Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the UAE
Coordinates24°12′58″N 55°46′26″E / 24.21611°N 55.77389°E / 24.21611; 55.77389

Al Ain Museum (Arabic: مَتْحَف ٱلْعَيْن, romanizedMatḥaf Al), also known as Al Ain Museum (Arabic: مَتْحَف ٱلْعَيْن, romanizedMatḥaf al-ʿAyn), is a museum in the city of Al Ain, within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.[1]

Description and history[edit]

Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Fort in the museum's vicinity

The museum, the oldest in the UAE, is located next to the Eastern Fort (or Sultan Bin Zayed Fort).[2][3] It is on the eastern side of the Al Ain Oasis, the largest oasis in Al Ain. It was built by the former UAE President, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to house archaeological finds from the surrounding area, including the Hafit-era 'beehive' tombs near Mezyad.[4] The museum was inaugurated by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region, on 2 November 1971.[5]

The museum has two main sections on ethnographic and archaeological aspects of the country, especially around Al Ain. It includes finds from the Bronze Age tombs at the Mezyad[4] and Hili Archaeological Parks on the outskirts of Al Ain.[6]

As of October 2018, there were plans to make restorations to the museum and fort.[7]

It also is 1200 square meters big.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Al Ain National Museum". Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  2. ^ Al Ain National Museum, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage, UAE.
  3. ^ Insight Guides Oman & the UAE (Travel Guide eBook). APA Publications (UK) Limited. 2015-12-01. ISBN 9781780055480. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  4. ^ a b Ghazal, Rym (2011-07-03). "Al Ain's World Heritage tombs can now rest in peace". The National. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  5. ^ Kazmi, Aftab (2 November 2008). "UAE museum: Al Ain National Museum". Gulf News. Archived from the original on 15 October 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Hili Grand Tomb", Al Ain National Museum, The UAE, archived from the original on 2009-12-03, retrieved 2018-10-26
  7. ^ "Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed briefed on Al Ain Museum restorations". The National. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2018-10-31.

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