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Bait Al-Baranda

Al-Mina St Mutrah, Muscat, Oman
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Ranked #9 of 25 attractions in Muscat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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  • Danish first
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Oman
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This fin-de-ciecle house was built for the residence of the French Consul, later was inhabited by an Omani family, then it accommodated British Council and now it is one of my favourite places to take my guests for a brief but still detailed introduction to Oman. Bait al Baranda (meaning The House with a Veranda) comprizes all of Oman's past... More

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Sydney
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

In a renovated 1930s house, the museum traces the history of Muscat starting from 250 million years ago to the present day. Some of the displays are interactive and would be great for school kids. Other rooms I found a bit static though, with a lot of reading required, which I wasn’t really in the mood for. Great air conditioning!... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Visit to know more about the ruler family and the history of Oman. Entry is 1 O.R. and Friday it is closed.

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Muscat, Oman
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This museum located in the picturesque muttrah port area near the souq is an absolute gem. One could get lost into the insights it gives into the history of Oman and its people especially with its ancient global links makes a visitor have a new found respect for this beautiful land and its people. A special word of appreciation to... More

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Bucks, UK
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68 reviews 68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We spent about half an hour at this museum. That's all you'll need but it's worth popping in to look at the photo history of the Oman.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

This was an excellent museum detailing the history of Muscat starting with the geology and first settlements. The information is presented in a variety of different formats including with photos and art, posters, interactive screens and videos. It provides an excellent insight into Muscat and Oman's tradition and culture and I found the information on Oman's military and political history... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We found this museum by accident and went to kill some time before the souq came alive. The museum offers a surprisingly complete overview of the history f Oman, from prehistoric to modern. In simple and clear language and images we got a clear view of the development of the sultanate. A nice little museam to visit for a small... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting and informative exhibition, rich in variety. You get a lot of information about the history of Oman. Very nice building inside.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

lovely place, food was nice, I felt a bit over priced for what you actually got - and they dont have a liquor licence

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Muscat, Oman
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I visited Bait Al Baranda about 3 years ago and I really enjoyed it. It was really informative and interesting. I was very keen to re-visit it this year and took a few friends with me however we ended up being quite disappointed. The first issue we ran into was parking. We went on a weekday and had the hardest... More

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