Bait Al Zubair
Bait Al Zubair
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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  • geo3
    Calgary, Canada1,353 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but good
    This seems to be another one of the mandatory stops on group tours, so if you can time your visit in between bus tours it will be most enjoyable. Given its small size, it gets quite crowded when a bus load of tourists is in the museum. It's a good introduction to Omani traditional culture. The illustrated map of Oman was helpful in understanding the country, the costume displays were well done, and for those who are stamp collectors there is a small but interesting display of stamps hidden away upstairs. The small-scale models of various significant Omani buildings were also interesting.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 December 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom9,580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Museum that needs a few hours to really appreciate
    Bait al Zubair Museum was a twentieth century Omani house, owned by a long standing government minister that was then converted to a museum to showcase Omani culture - clothes, weapons, architecture, trade and music and the differences between the regions that make up the country. Again, the 45 minutes we had here weren't enough but we did get an overview of the country and its people and left with a greater understanding than we had before we went inside. We didn't have time to see the gardens, the separate recreation of an Omani house, the map rooms or the stamps and coins room, basically in 45 minutes we just saw the ground floor so allow maybe 2 hours.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 March 2024
  • WonderfulWorld59
    Lee's Summit, Missouri413 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommended! This Ethnographic Museum has Well-Presented Displays of Khanjar Daggers, Clothing, Jewelry, etc.
    A lovely museum focused on telling the story of the Omani people through well-presented signboards and ethnographic displays of Omani artifacts such as Khanjar daggers, clothing, jewelry, manuscripts, photographs, etc. Outside as you exit the museum is an informative signboard and model of the Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman. Still in use today, 5 examples of this system have been recognized by Unesco as World Heritage Sites. After a delightful visit, we enjoyed coffee then lunch at the cafe outside of the main entrance. Note, this cafe serves some lovely traditional Omani food but do not wait until early afternoon since there is limited availability of these popular specialty meals which require hours of preparation.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2024
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WonderfulWorld59
Lee's Summit, MO413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A lovely museum focused on telling the story of the Omani people through well-presented signboards and ethnographic displays of Omani artifacts such as Khanjar daggers, clothing, jewelry, manuscripts, photographs, etc. Outside as you exit the museum is an informative signboard and model of the Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman. Still in use today, 5 examples of this system have been recognized by Unesco as World Heritage Sites. After a delightful visit, we enjoyed coffee then lunch at the cafe outside of the main entrance. Note, this cafe serves some lovely traditional Omani food but do not wait until early afternoon since there is limited availability of these popular specialty meals which require hours of preparation.
Written 20 March 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK9,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Bait al Zubair Museum was a twentieth century Omani house, owned by a long standing government minister that was then converted to a museum to showcase Omani culture - clothes, weapons, architecture, trade and music and the differences between the regions that make up the country. Again, the 45 minutes we had here weren't enough but we did get an overview of the country and its people and left with a greater understanding than we had before we went inside.

We didn't have time to see the gardens, the separate recreation of an Omani house, the map rooms or the stamps and coins room, basically in 45 minutes we just saw the ground floor so allow maybe 2 hours.
Written 18 March 2024
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
This seems to be another one of the mandatory stops on group tours, so if you can time your visit in between bus tours it will be most enjoyable. Given its small size, it gets quite crowded when a bus load of tourists is in the museum.

It's a good introduction to Omani traditional culture. The illustrated map of Oman was helpful in understanding the country, the costume displays were well done, and for those who are stamp collectors there is a small but interesting display of stamps hidden away upstairs. The small-scale models of various significant Omani buildings were also interesting.
Written 25 December 2023
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Anand_Lobo
Mumbai, India843 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a museum that was started by the Zubair family. The museum displays the family’s collection of Omani artefacts. It’s informative and worth a visit.
Written 17 November 2023
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Lyds
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We spent about 1 hour in this museum. The cultural section is interesting, especially when explaining the symbolism behind the clothing. The coin and stamp section upstairs is simple with limited context.
Written 25 August 2023
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70ava
Beijing, China1,002 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
If you want to spend your money wisely on museums, that is the one not to be missed. Highly informative and visually excellent place - you end up learning so much about this fascinating country and you do feel you are ready to explore it. We loved the map posted at the beginning, the detailed descriptions about clothing and incense, the explanations about Jewelry and weaponry and the beautiful surrounding garden. Make sure you have time for this place - no need to rush. The coffee shop in the garden is also amazing.
Written 16 February 2023
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Neil McBeath
Muscat, Oman33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is a small historic/ethnographic museum housed in a former residence of the Al Zubair family in historic Muscat. It is close to the Al Alam palace and the National Museum and it displayes the Al Zubair family's private collection of Omani weapons, costumes and traditional artifacts, all beautifully displayed and labelled.

There is a gift shop selling both inexpensive souvenirs and considerably more expensive pieces from the Jawahir Oman collection (run by His Excellency Mohamed al Zubair's daughter). There is also a small cafe.

Written 8 February 2023
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal1,904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
This Museum complex which also includes the Bait Al Bagh is the main Museum of Mascate. Said to have been founded in 1914 by Sheikh Al Zubair Bin Ali as a family home and a gathering place for the elite. The Museum rooms were very well organized providing the newcomers with a thorough understanding of what Omanis are about cultural and traditionally speaking. The written information was in English which made life easier for us.
Written 23 November 2022
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Andrea438
Milan, Italy528 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The museum isn't that big but is well organized and rich in information about the customs and traditions of the country. Not to be missed.
Written 3 October 2022
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,562 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This museum provides exhibits that focus on the cultural history of Oman. There are examples of the clothing and jewelry worn by women, accessories worn by men such as knives in decorative sheaths, cooking gear, household items and other items essential to the day to day lives of the Omani people. There is also a comprehensive history the Royal Family depicted in paintings.

One exhibit I particularly enjoyed was a scale model of Old Muscat and a souk; the attention to detail was very impressive!

There is also a gift shop that has some interesting items unique to Oman.

This museum has a personal, intimate feel. This is not surprising; I learned that the museum was founded by the Zubair family which provided many of the items included in the exhibits.
Written 24 August 2022
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