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Address: Al-Mina St Mutrah, Muscat, Oman
Phone Number: 24714262
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lovely building

The museum had some interesting history and was housed in a lovely building. The were some interactive displays but not as exhaustive in history as I had expected. Nice to visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
New Delhi, India
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New Delhi, India
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31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum had some interesting history and was housed in a lovely building. The were some interactive displays but not as exhaustive in history as I had expected. Nice to visit after a trip to the fish market across the road. Only one rial so not a big investment.

Thank Worldismyoyster1070
Muscat, Oman
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bait Al Baranda is a little gem next to the Mutrah Souq. It's not that big, but it has some fascinating displays and videos about the history of Oman. It's very informative. In addition there is a lovely collection of historical maps, which can really help the tourists "put things in perspective." Finally, there are some very interesting, albeit sun... More 

Thank William C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Great insight to Oman's history and landscape, very interactive so good for taking kids that understand/read English or Arabic.

Thank Christina G
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48 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We had a short visit to this museum, there isn't a huge selection of things to look at but it gives you a nice introduction to the history of Oman. The outside of the building is very pretty and the short film they show inside gives you a brief introduction to the family of the Sultan.

1 Thank LondonTravelLady
Tehran, Iran
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I had a very short visit to Bait-Al-Baranda during a few hours of free time in a business trip. The museum is small and doesn't contain anything of real value, (So don't expect a "Louvre)"but gives a good insight into Oman's history, so it's worth a visit,

1 Thank nader
Dallas, Texas
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187 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Get a cab to here as a start to your Muscat visit. Gives a great sense of the area's history and the incredible development since 1970. You can then explore Musfrah by foot, including the main souq, and eat in water front restaurants.

Thank Ron and Jeanne B
Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Check ahead for opening hours which are limited for the middle of the day. We felt the museum was simple but informative about the history of Oman and Muscat. Great for taking a break from the heat!

Thank Karen C
Batley, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

This is admittedly a bit small, but it makes up for that with some lovely cartography and history exhibits. It's also in a beautiful building so there's always something to appreciate in the interior. The displays concentrate on Muscat's maritime history, since the museum is on the corniche. Only takes under an hour to see everything to but worth a... More 

1 Thank BibianaBurke
Muscat, Oman
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We liked the traditional seating as well as the rich library in the house. The location and the very story of this converted house is a discovery by its own. After having been the house of a rich merchant, it became the residence of the British ambassador before going back to private owner. Bait al Baranda is one among the... More 

Thank Naima B
Poznan, Poland
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is interesting exhibition of local culture. You can learn about history of people of OMAN, weapons they used, clothes the wear, and marital customs among others. In addition we enjoyed beautiful exhibition of photography by Steve McCurry . There is also a shop were You can by insence and other traditional handicraft, as well as number of books. However... More 

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