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Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art

Address: Muttrah Corniche, Lane No. 811, Muscat 117, Oman
Phone Number: 0096824711640
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Ranked #12 of 25 Attractions in Muscat
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Ghalyas Museum of Modern Art It invites visitors to explore Oman’s past, present and future aura...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Ghalyas Museum of Modern Art It invites visitors to explore Oman’s past, present and future aura, being welcomed not by one person, or several people, but by a whole culture. The display of modern works, in conjunction with the historic life of the 50s and 70s is intended to create a feeling that the “inner” Omani continues forever unchanging. With a permanent collection of heritage, culture, tradition and art, Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art serves as a museum and a showcase.
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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Delightful small museum showing Omani life set in tiny restored traditional houses. Brilliant! A small token gallery of modern art but they need to change the signage as the historical exhibits are far more interesting than the art! Only 1 rial entry and the couple who run it are charming.

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Doha, Qatar
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

A walk along Mutrah corniche past the souk and towards the second roundabout will take you to this unsuspecting white building which hides a treasure trove of artefacts related to Omani life. They have recreated rooms from a typical Omani house through various periods of history. One of the rooms is a bridal room displaying wedding clothes and educating the... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Walking along the Corniche and admiring the view I came across Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art. What a delightful place. The Omani way of life and related artifacts beautifully presented. What a treasure trove. Do not miss it.

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Oman
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

When I first read that there is such a place as a Museum of Modern Art in Muscat, I just couldn't believe such thing exists and I didn't really care to visit it. But an Omani friend told me it is worth visiting it and he took me there. Bayt al Ghaliya is actually a display of real life in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Don't be fooled by the title, this museum also has a nice expo on traditional Omani living as well as art exhibits. The people are helpful and it's only 1 RO to go in.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We happened to pass this place on our way back to the car from the Mutrah Souk. It was 1 riyal per person for entry and included two rooms of modern art as well as a number of rooms that displayed heritage items. It's not a big place so it's certainly not worth a special trip but if you're in... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

on a day we had traveled on a open top bus ,on a very warm day this bus takes you around muscat ,you have a commentary though earplugs provided free of charge ,we found this trip very educational ,telling you a lot of history , you can get of when ever you wanted on the same ticket and it lasted... More 

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ypsilanti
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227 reviews 227 reviews
81 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This is a series of old houses with displays of everyday items from1950s, a one room exhibit of works by modern Omani artists and a small gift shop. All quite well done. This is private museum with 1OR entrance fee.

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Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I cannot say we were expecting what we saw at this "Modern Art" museum. My friend compared it to a dingy second hand store. We found it hilariously bad but to each their own.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Ghaly's Museum of Modern Art is located in the old town of Muttrah. It comprises a group of some three or four old houses linked by paths. When you enter the Museum one is immediately struck by the eerie feeling of trespassing on someone's private space. The experience is similar to being an invisible guest moving through a fascinating home.... More 

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