National Museum Muscat

I had an interesting visit to the workshop where exhibits for the new National Museum are being made.

Alessandro explains the boats
Alessandro explains the boats

From renovating old boats , through to making museum grade scale models of historical boats to creating pre-historic Omani craft based on archaeological excavations – its a painstaking job. Alessandro who is still working on his Dhow near Salalah explained the difficulty of restoring an old boat taken from one of the old fishing villages in Muscat.

Tuanie and the Sultanah
Tuanie and the Sultanah

I also enjoyed meeting Tuanie Ismail who sailed with the Jewel of Muscat to Singapore and is engaged in making detailed models of other well known craft from Oman.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4