National Museum Muscat Visit

superbly presented exhibits are part of Oman’s premier Museum that will open soon.

I was delighted to get a sneek preview and Visit National Museum Muscat before it opens later this year. Opposite the Palace in Muscat

National Museum Muscat Main Entrance
National Museum Muscat Main Entrance

Oman’s National Museum austere exterior in pale Omani marble is in keeping with the subdued interior.

National Museum Muscat Exterior
National Museum Muscat Exterior

I was fortunate to be invited to look around the exhibits that are now in the final stages of organization before the public opening.  This time I was permitted to take photographs to use, while on my previous visit National Museum Muscat , photography was prohibited. On two floors, the building seems much larger than the exterior would allow. The ground floor includes sections highlighting the Land and the People, Civilization in the Making and a Timeline Gallery.

Majan Boat Oman
Majan Boat Oman

There is also a Maritime History Gallery, which has a reed boat based on an interpretation of boats during the Majan period in Oman 5,000 years ago.

Stone Tool created 2 million years ago - from Dhofar
Stone Tool created 2 million years ago – from Dhofar

Upstairs a Prehistory and Ancient History Gallery has an extraordinary display of fine flint tools and weapons, however its their crude predecessor which takes pride of place –  it’s a heavy Hand Axe which was dated by them around 2million years ago.

Please Touch National Museum Muscat
Please Touch National Museum Muscat

The National Museum will have Arabic, Arabic Braille and English signage which will allow visitors to understand the displays. Naturally, helpful guides can explain areas where other information may be needed.

Aweina Mosque Mihrab Oman
Aweina Mosque Mihrab Oman

In the Islamic Gallery is the original Mihrab from the Aweina Mosque of Wadi Bani Khalid. The mosque’s elaborate plaster decoration is embedded with Chinese Ceramic Bowls from the Ming dynasty of China.

Birkat Al Moz in 3D Wood
Birkat Al Moz in 3D Wood

One of Oman’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Falaj systems has been wonderfully represented within its oasis at Birkat Al Mawz. Plywood is used very effectively to provide the contours of the mountains which surround the village.

Jasper Jacob the National Museum Designer Visit National Museum Muscat
Jasper Jacob the National Museum Designer

I’m certain that the Museum’s designer, Jasper Jacob, is delighted that his creation will have admiring visitors.

Author: Tony Walsh

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

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