Bait Al Zubair
Bait Al Zubair
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • geo3
    Calgary, Canada1,466 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 December 25, 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,307 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 March 17, 2024
  • WonderfulWorld59
    Lee's Summit, Missouri439 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 March 19, 2024
  • Ali Nazifpour
    Tehran, Iran30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best anthropological museum
    To me, this is actually the best museum in Oman. It is the platonic ideal of a great anthropological museum. With detailed information on displays, it truly gives you a comprehensive understanding of the culture and lives of Omani people in all its historical and geographic diversity. You honestly learn as much as a university course.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written April 28, 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
This museum is the first of its kind due to its special contents , that was collects personally by the owner , and place to be visited if you come to muscat ,
Written June 21, 2024
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This small museum used to be a private house, but now open to the public with interesting displays of Omani culture. I found the drawings with illustrations and explanations of dress, olive oil and indigo colors particularly good.
Written May 24, 2024
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Ali Nazifpour
Tehran, Iran
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
To me, this is actually the best museum in Oman. It is the platonic ideal of a great anthropological museum. With detailed information on displays, it truly gives you a comprehensive understanding of the culture and lives of Omani people in all its historical and geographic diversity. You honestly learn as much as a university course.
Written April 28, 2024
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WonderfulWorld59
Lee's Summit, MO
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 March 20, 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK
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 March 18, 2024
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geo3
Calgary, Canada
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 December 25, 2023
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Anand_Lobo
Mumbai, India
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 November 17, 2023
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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 August 25, 2023
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70ava
Beijing, China
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 February 16, 2023
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Neil McBeath
Muscat, Oman
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 February 8, 2023
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