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Address: Muttrah Corniche, Lane No. 811, Muscat 117, Oman
Phone Number: 0096824711640
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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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introduced to Omani's talented artists and painters

i love their fine arts, huge paintings with modern and traditional painting on a beautiful well furnished and established gallery. i loved how exposed they are, talented, great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2015
roula273
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Beirut, Lebanon
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

near the corniche so walkable - it was mainly a traditional museum with clothes and artifacts around the people's lives but they opened a room of modern art for me which is the direction of modern progress. Some contemporary Omani artists were represented which was OK but no MOMA. But I think the balance will be found as time goes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

This is the great museum of Muscat which located at muttrah souq. When i visited the place i was so impressed to see its great collection of Omani traditions. which thrills to everyone's heart to observe and learn something to purify his heart. basically the garments and holy scripts of Islam which are relay rare collection of Oman.I wanted to... More 

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Thank MAIN K
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

More a museum showing the typical omani house and traditions than a real modern art museum. However it is very interesting to spend half an hour going through all the small rooms. We were very warmly welcomed

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Thank CyRiL85
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Quaint little museum mislableed as modern art, but actually combined with an authentic Omani house complete with artefacts and decor from eras past. There is a small entry fee but then you can meander your way inside all the rooms, nicely laid out like a maze and finish up in the rather small and underwhelming modern art gallery.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

i love their fine arts, huge paintings with modern and traditional painting on a beautiful well furnished and established gallery. i loved how exposed they are, talented, great lines and colors. it is a must whenever you visit Oman. it was a nice experience. i was with Omani Architect showing me around.

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Thank roula273
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Its a small Omani house converted into a museum. Gives you good insights into the life style of Omani people before the technology and grandeur took over. The art exhibition has some very well done works and are worth spending a little time there. However I felt the souvenir are priced very high !

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Thank KrishnaVamsi
Kochi (Cochin), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

artistic impression on walls....right from cutom,costumes,tradition art form...etc expressed in a coloured way

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Thank sunseb
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

The actual modern art gallery is not looking at but most of the place is a quaint museum of recent Omani history and gives you a good idea of what life was like in a series of rooms modelled to look like houses from the 50s, 60s, and 70s

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Thank Iona S
Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Wandering around on Friday afternoon with not much open and found this museum. Such a friendly welcome when we walked in that we decided to visit. Interesting collection and insight of how life was in Oman. Certainly worth a visit, lovely gallery at the back of modern art.

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1 Thank ZipEchucaAUS
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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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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