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Address: Al-Mina St Mutrah, Muscat, Oman
Phone Number: 24714262
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Interesting and interactive

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 22, 2015
Karen C
Durham, North Carolina
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Tehran, Iran
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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,

Thank nader
Dallas, Texas
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175 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The food was not up to par and the service was not what we expected for the prices paid. We had a female waitress that was wonderful but the others just weren't outstanding. It was very expensive. I actually had to send back my soup because I just couldn't eat it. There are cheaper options that are not on the... More 

Thank Olemissreed
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 22, 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 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

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 

Thank BibianaBurke
Muscat, Oman
2 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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23 reviews
8 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 

Thank vv70
Santa Rosa, Philippines
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96 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The one-stop visitor's centre in Muscat offers not just geological, maritime, political, and cultural background of Oman but offers summer activity for children, and art exibitions throughout the year. The central proximity of its location gives easy access to everything old in Muscat including the old Mutrah Souq (traditional market), the Old Muscat, several ancient forts, Mutrah Corniche, and museums.... More 

Thank GerryBA
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69 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This old style Omani building is as interesting as the museum it now houses. There are limited things to view, but some interesting noticeboards and audio/visual presentations give a good idea of the history of Oman itself. It is only 2 OMR so worth a punt.

Thank Kittygangar
Doha, Qatar
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This museum starts with continental drift and moves forward from there. The plate techtonics and dinosaurs are more oriented to children, with interactive quizes. The maps and videos upstairs on history are quite good.

Thank Heidi S

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