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Museum of Omani Heritage

Opened on 17th November 1974, this museum contains detailed archaeological and artefacts information. The other section contains information about agriculture and minerals, trade routes, architecture, dhows, firearms, art & crafts of Oman. Operated by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.

Description

Sat to Wed 08:00-13:30 hrs,and Thurs 04:00-06:00pm hrs.

Timing

24600946

Tel

 

The National Museum

Previously known as the Museum of Bait Assayed / Nadir bin Faisal bin Turki, this museum open in 1978. It contains silver ornaments, copper crafts and samples of Omani ships, in addition a letter dated 8th century Hijri sent by the Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) to the rulers of Oman A'bd and Jaifer Sons of Al Julanda, inviting the people of Oman to Islam.

There is a special section showing belongings of Al Busaidi dynasty, the rulers of Zanzibar.Operated by the Ministry of Heritage A Culture.

Description

Saturday – Thursday from 9.30am – 1.30pm.

Timing

24701289

Tel

 

 Bait Al Zubair Museum

Has a vast collection of ancient household equipment, costumes and weapons. Most of the exhibits have come from the owner's private collection. Outside, there is a falaj running through a full-scale Omani village and souq. 

Description

 Saturday – Thursday from 9am – 1pm & 4pm –7pm.

Timing

24736688

Tel

 

The Oil and Gas Exhibition Centre & Planetarium

 It was donated to the people of Oman by PDO in 1995. The museum takes you to an interactive journey through Oman's discovery, extraction and use of  fossil fuels.

 Description

 Saturday – Wednesday from 7am – 12noon & 1 – 3.45pm, Thursdays 8am – 12noon

Timing

 24677834

Tel

 

PDO Planetarium

Adjacent to Oil and Gas Museum, the planetarium was built in the year 2000. Arabic Shows Timings: Every Wednesday from the month of May - October at 5pm and November - April at 4pm, every Thursday 11-12noon. 
English Shows Timings: Every Wednesday from 7- 8pm, every Thursday 10-11pm.

 Description

 on Sundays at 1701 Wednesdays 1700 hr,
Arabic and 1900 hrs English; Thursday
mornings: 10-11 English and 1112 noon Arabic
Best to book seats.

Timing

 24675542

Tel

 

Omani - French Museum

The museum was the residence of French Consul  known as Bait Faransa. It was presented as a gift by the Sultan Assayed / Faisal bin Turki to the first French Consul in Muscat in 1896. It was opened on 29th January 1992 by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the late French President François Mitterrand. The museum concern the Omani-French relationship over the years and displays furniture, clothes and photographs of the early French diplomats, and contains historical documents, and samples of Omani - French ships in addition to Omani and French costumes & jewellery. Operated by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture

 Description

 Saturday – Thursday from 9am – 1pm (from October 1st – March 31st the museum opens from 9am – 1pm & 4 – 6pm)

Timing

 24736613

Tel

 

The Sultan's Armed Forces Museum

 It is located in150 year old Bait Al Falaj fort, the original garrison headquarters for Sultan Said bin Sultan's Armed Forces. Oman's military history is explored using weapons, uniforms, motor vehicles and defense systems. Uniforms, guns ranging from antique cannons, through early machine guns, to the weapons taken from rebels in Dhofar, models of vehicles and planes, instruments, medals an ejector seat and a parachute are displayed. Operated by the Ministry of Defence.

 Description

 Saturday – Thursday from 8am – 1.30pm.

Timing

 24312642

Tel

 

Aquarium and Marine Science& Fisheries Centre

 Between the Al Bustan Palace Hotel and the Capital Yacht  Set up in 1986 near Sidab Muscat, the aquarium showcases rich and unique marine life from the Omani waters. With a coastline stretching nearly 3,165 kilometers, MSFC in co-operation with Sultan Qaboos University is studying range of marine species with particular emphasis on the conservation of ecosystems and endangered species, including turtles. The aquarium has recently been renovated.

 Description

 Saturday - Wednesday from 8am -2.30pm, Thursday 8am – 1pm & Friday 3-7pm 

Timing

 24736449

Tel

 

Bait Adam

 This is a private museum which has an unsurpassed collection of Oman's postal history.

 Description

 Sat to Thu 09:00-13:30 & 16:00-19:00 hours.

Timing

 24605033

Tel

 

The Currency museum in the Central Bank of Oman

 The new Central bank of Oman complex has a distinctive Islamic architectural character. One of its numerous features if a currency collection which illustrates the history of Omani coinage in the pre-Islam and Islamic periods, as well as the history of the Currency and paper money in circulation during the period before the issue of the first national currency - the Saidi Rial - during the reign of His late majesty Sultan Said bin Taimour on 07.05.1970.

 Description

 Sat to Wed: 08:30,12:30 hrs 

Timing

 24796102

Tel

 

Muscat Gate Museum

The Muscat Gate House Museum, housed in a fort-like building across a road leading out of old Muscat opened in the year 2000. Displays cover Oman's history from Neolithic times to the present. There is a special exhibit on Muscat's water springs, ancient wells, underground channels, souqs, houses, mosques, harbours and forts.

 Description

 Saturday – Thursday from 9.30 11.30am & 4.30 – 7pm

Timing

 

Bait Al-Baranda

 Opened on 16th December 2006, the name of this building literally translates as "Villa with a Verandah". Situated after the port roundabout, on the right side just before the fish roundabout on the Muttrah corniche. It is inter-active and contains the history of Muscat, and is administered by  Muscat Municipality.   
The Museum present the story of Muscat include plate tectonics and scenic diversity in Muscat (geology); ancient life in Muscat; earliest human settlements from 10,000 BC to the early Islamic era; Muscat in the words of geographers and travelers; Muscat from the 1st century to 1744 AD; Al Bu Said dynasty; Muscat the harbour; Muscat today: The challenge and the achievement; and folk arts of Muscat. Where adopted in providing this information, with state-of-the art technology to provide an interactive briefing to visitors.

 

 Description

 (Sat to Thurs) 0900 to 1300 hrs and 1600-1800 hrs

Timing

 24714262 

Tel

 

Bait Al Na'aman 

 This is a beautiful country house (small Castle) restored and furnished in original Omani style.Operated by Ministry of Heritage and Culture.

 Description

 Saturday - Wednesday from 9am-1.30pm.

Timing

 24641300 

Tel

 

Nakhal Fort Museum

 Operated by the Ministry of Tourism, this restored Fort on the Batinah coast contains an interesting display of Historic guns. Located one hundred miles southwest of Muscat, this fort was built between 1670 and 1680 to protect a local oasis and trade routes passing through the regional capital of Nizwa. The fort and a weekly goat auction market every Friday attracts local Bedouin are reminders of the past in an otherwise modern city.

 Description

 Saturday - Thursday from 9am - 4pm.

Timing

 26781384

Tel

 

Salalah Museum

This museum displays rich collection of inscriptions on large stone slabs and rocks. Most of these inscriptions were found in Khor Rori where excavations unearthed the Port City of Sumharam. The ancient inscriptions are in southern Arabic and were used in Dhofar and Yemen in the pre-Islamic times. Ancient Dhofari inscriptions have also been found in many caves in the region. Also a range of local artefacts and costumes of Dhofar are also displayed.

 Description

 Saturday – Thursday from 7:30am -2:30pm

Timing

 23294549

Tel

 

Sohar Fort

Opened in February 1993, it consists of six sections - private facilities used by the inmates of the fort, exhibits of the ancient copper trade in Sohar, tomb of late Sayyed Thuwaini bin Said Al Busaidi (1866), an underground passage, exhibits showing importance of ancient Sohar city, its history of navigation and overseas trade with Canton city in China, archaeological evidences of Sohar town and the events witnessed by it.

 Description

 Saturday – Thursday from 9am – 1.30pm & 4 – 6pm)

Timing

 26844758

Tel

 

Natural History Museum

Gives an intersting tour of Oman's flora and fauna.Showcases display indigenous species.In the adjoining whale hall is a skeleton of sperm whale which was found on one of Oman's beaches around 27 years ago. The botanical gardens, containing shrubs found in the Sultanate, are perfect for a short stroll in the cooler months.
Located in the Ministry of Heritage and Culture complex, Al Khwair.Off the dual carriageway going towards Muscat airport, opposite the Ice Skating Rink,take the turning right signposted Al Wazarat Street, and left at the roundabout.Museum is on the right.

 Description

 Saturday to Thursday, 0900-1300 hours

Timing

 

Sayyid Faisal Bin Ali Museum

 The Museum includes a permanent exhibition of traditional weaponry in the Sultanate, as well as a spacious gallery with a panel exhibition on the fortified architecture of Oman.

This exhibition gallery was designed in such a way as to be able to welcome temporary exhibitions from a wide range of fields, from history and archaeology to science and the fine arts.

The museum is accommodated in the former stage building, which was build under his Highness Spayed Faisal Bin Ali Al Said when he was Ministry of Heritage and Culture. Originally used for theatrical and musical performances it has now been architecturally modified and refurbished to suit its new purpose.

 

 Description

  Opening Hours: Sat.-Wed. 8am – 2pm

Timing

  24641650

Tel

 

 

 

Cinemas

 

Tel

Location

Name

24692656

Shati Al Qurm

City Cinema Shatti

24831809

Muscat

City Cinema Ruwi

24540856

Muscat

Al Bahja Cinema

25 540666

Sur

Al Wafi Cinema

24791641

Ruwi

Star Cinema

25540666

Sur

City Cinema

26844962

Sohar

City Cinema

22020002

Muscat Grand Mall

City Cinema

25658026 

Buraimi

City Cinema

 

 


 

Muscat City Center

Location : Al Seeb

Others: Oman's largest shopping mall. Main Stores: Carrefour, Landmark, Woolworths, Sund & Sand, Areej, Magic Planet, Monalisa, Toy Store.

Telephone : 24558888

Website : www.citycentremuscat.com

 

Sabco Centre

Location : Al Qurum

Others: The centre houses famous brand names of clothes, accessories, specialist music, beauty products and electronic items.

Telephone : 24566701

 

Al Harthy complex

Location : Al Qurum

Others: From textiles, antiques, perfumes, children's toys and games, fashion and beauty products, computer accessories, and watches to books, greeting cards and flowers, everything is available at the complex.

Telephone : 24564481

 

Al Araimi Complex

Location : Al Qurum

Others: Al Araimi Complex now is even more exciting With a multitude of brands, outlets, variety, offers and bargains, you have no reason not to shop. A popular meeting place and great find for the latest in European and International fashion and accessories.

Telephone : 24566180

 

Markaz Al Bahja

Location : Al Seeb

Others : Opening hours are from 10 am to 10 pm Sat – Thurs. and on Friday 2 pm to 10 pm.

Telephone : 24540200

Website : www.markazalbahja.com

 

Al Masa Mall

Location : Al Qurum

Others: The shopping mall has a variety of stores and outlets ranging from electronics, fashion accessories, cosmetics and beauty, home furnishings and décor and others.

Telephone : 24693341

 

Al Khamis Plaza

Location : Al Qurum

Others: Al Khamis Plaza is a bustling shopping centre of trendy fashion boutiques, exclusive fashion jewellery, designer apparel shops, music and computer shops and a coffee shop.

Telephone : 24562791

 

Jawharat A Shati

Location : Al Qurum

Others: Jawharat A’ Shati Complex is indeed Oman’s premier mall. Some of our highlights are Oman’s only authentic Heritage Gallery showcasing Omani produced crafts, the Nails & Hair Spa.

Telephone : 24692113

 

Zakher Shopping Mall

Location : Al Khuwair

Others: This mall houses shops selling the latest music tapes and CDs, Clothes, sporting and diving equipment, a greeting card shop, an internet cafe, and Al Fair supermarket.

Telephone : 24489884

 

Centre Point

Location : Al Khuwair

Others: Centre Point features Baby Shop, Shoe City, Splash, Lifestyle and Sports for All.

Telephone : 24698258

 

 

 

Traditional Souq

 

Muttrah Souq

 

One of the oldest preserved souqs in Oman is in Muttrah, on the Corniche. Gold and silver jewellery is found in abundance as well as numerous wooden carvings, ornaments and spices. Muttrah souq is a maze of pathways leading in and out of each other.

 

'Household' goods make up the bulk of the souq, but browsing through some of the smaller shops may result in a lucky find. Bargaining is a must, however. Gold and silver are well priced and mainly sold by weight. Good buys are silver khanjars (the traditional Omani dagger, worn by men) and incense burners.

 

 

Nizwa souq

 

Nizwa souq hosts a lively cattle market early each Friday morning where cows, goats and sheep are auctioned. The obstinate behaviour of the animals often provides great amusement for the spectators. There is an abundance of local handicrafts and produce in the covered souq. Silversmiths can be seen hammering patterns into the hilts of khanjars and women sell the birka, a glittering, embroidered facemask worn by local ladies.

 

 

Sinaw souq

 

Sinaw souq is best visited early in the morning on weekends. It has similar ware to Nizwa souq, including a cattle market. Some of the silver shops sell the old silver Bedouin jewellery, but you have to look hard. This is actually the new souq, the old one being situated to the rear. The old one is now abandoned.

 

 

Ibra souq

 

Ibra souq is open to all, as long as you are female! It is a fairly recent innovation, opened in 1990 and is held on Wednesday mornings. It is the only souq in Oman which lends itself totally to the needs of women. Lotions, cosmetics, powders, textiles, perfumes and henna are amongst some of the items on sale.

 

 

Al Dhalam Souq

 

Al Dhalam (darkness) Market in Muttrah is one of the most popular bazaars in Muscat. It has been named after darkness because of the crowded stalls and lanes where the sunrays do not infiltrate during the day and the shoppers need lamps to know their destinations.



 

 

 

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