As the National Museum in Muscat gets ready for a ‘soft opening’, it was kind of its designer Jasper Jacob to show me around the building and galleries, with explicit no photograph instructions (difficult to resist)!.
Its state-of-the-art interior will enable the contents, most of which are nationally focused unlike some other major museums in the Gulf whose approach is largely external, to stand out. With a focus on Oman’s Pre-History, Maritime Heritage and more, balanced with an overview of ‘Oman’s Renaissance’ under Sultan Qaboos; it illuminates Oman for residents and visitors. The museum’s interactive displays and an area for changing exhibits means this will be yet another superb building in Muscat to visit frequently.
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Is it open yet? I really have to go if it is!
No, a room was put together for the ‘opening’. The building is excellent and the displays will enable some of the stored treasures of Oman to be shown. They will be having a remarkable original mosque feature and a range of boat models organised by the Gulbenkian Museum (I think Im right in their role). I guess that it will be late summer before its open – a visit will be a ‘must’.
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