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Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art

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Address: Muttrah Corniche, Lane No. 811, Muscat 117, Oman
Phone Number: 0096824711640
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Description: Ghalyas Museum of Modern Art It invites visitors to explore Oman’s past...
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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A Museum you ought to see in Muscat

Ghalyia’s Museum of Modern Art is a place you ought to visit if you want to understand Oman. A group of white-walled pavilions/rooms round a central courtyard filled with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Ghalyia’s Museum of Modern Art is a place you ought to visit if you want to understand Oman. A group of white-walled pavilions/rooms round a central courtyard filled with artifacts from the last century. Inscriptions, furniture, ornaments, brightly coloured wedding dresses and other clothes, decorated weaons, silver jewellry, copper and brass kitchen utensels, and dozens of other things give a... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

An intriguing and worthwhile sight near the Muttrah souk is Ghalyia’s Museum of Modern Art. It brings together examples of traditional Omani life you won’t see elsewhere with trends in modern Omani culture. There’s a small and intimate art gallery with carefully chosen displays of the work of local artists and a series of rooms with displays of the traditional... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Not quite a modern art museum. It's actually an old house with displays and artifacts of how life used to be in Oman before the development of the past 30 years. Rooms include living quarters, kitchen, dowry room, winter room (with no windows, where the family stayed during the cold winter months)., etc. A 5 to 10 mins walk from... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

it is sort of a house where you go through doors and look at the how the Omanis used to live and the details for the same. there is an entrance fee which is very less. at the end there is an amazing art gallery where works of local artists are for sale and there is a tiny shop to... More 

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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 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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18 helpful votes 18 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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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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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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