National Museum (Oman)

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The National Museum Oman - Sultanate of Oman
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National Museum is located in Oman
National Museum
National Museum
Location in Oman
Established20 November 2013 (2013-11-20)
LocationAl Saidiya Street, opposite Al Alam Palace, Old Muscat, Oman
Coordinates23°36′42″N 58°35′38″E / 23.6115826°N 58.5937595°E / 23.6115826; 58.5937595
TypeNational museum
DirectorJamal Al Moosawi
Public transit accessMwaslat bus no.4 LINE (RuwiـMatrahـMuscat)

The National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman, established by royal decree in 2013 and opened July 30, 2016,[1] 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 that 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.[2]

The museum is located in the heart of Muscat in a 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.[3] A further 400 square metres (4,300 sq ft) are allocated for temporary exhibitions.

The National Museum houses 5,466 objects and offers 43 digital immersive experiences, a fully equipped Learning Centre, conservation facilities, an ultra-high definition cinema,[4] and discovery areas for children.[5] 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. The museum contains a voluminous collection of prehistoric metallic artefacts [6] 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.

Board of Trustees of the National Museum[edit]

Building and facilities[edit]

Building and facilities
Total plot area 24000 m2
Total building area 13700 m2
Total gallery area 4000 m2
Number of galleries 14
Permanent Galleries The Land and the People

Maritime History

Arms and Armour

Civilisation in the Making




Bat, al-Khutm and al-Ayn

Land of Frankincense

Prehistory and Ancient History

Splendours of Islam

Oman and the World

The Renaissance

Intangible Heritage

Other facilities Learning Centre

Conservation Facilities

Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Collections Gallery (Open Storage Concept)


Gift Shop


  1. ^ Hasan, Deeba (26 July 2016). "#OmanPride: National Museum of Oman all set to open". Times of Oman.
  2. ^ Sultanate of Oman, National Museum, 2015
  3. ^ Sultanate of Oman, National Museum, Muscat, 2015
  4. ^ y Pluse of Oman, 17 December 2015
  5. ^ Sultanate of Oman, National Museum, Muscat, 2015
  6. ^ Yule, P.‒Gernez, G. (eds.), Early Iron Age metal-working workshop in the Empty Quarter, Sultanate of Oman, Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie, 316, Bonn, 2018.

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