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Bait Al-Baranda

Address: Al-Mina St Mutrah, Muscat, Oman
Phone Number: 24714262
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Ranked #13 of 25 Attractions in Muscat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums

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Doha, Qatar
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

An informative museum about the nature history of Oman . Further the museum itself will show you the Oman architecture. A must see before you head to Mutrah souk and the cornich.

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Karachi, Pakistan
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100 reviews 100 reviews
28 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A quaint place of old shops like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul but on a smaller scale. Location is near the corniche, so makes for a nice place to visit. The locals are very peaceful and helpful.

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Good introduction to Oman culture, well marked in English. Not huge or dramatic but part of walking tour in old Muscat

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Staad, Switzerland
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67 reviews 67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This museum which traces the history of Muscat through interactive displays should have been interesting. Sadly most of the interactive displays either partially worked or didn't work at all. To make this museum worthwhile visiting, all the displays should be overhauled and repaired where necessary.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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354 reviews 354 reviews
126 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Bait Al-Baranda house has been turned into a museum. The structure itself is beautiful and sits just off the Corniche in Mutrah. There is some nice stained glass and the entry doors are scenic too. It opened at 9am. I had already been in Old Muscat all morning taking pictures and drinking coffee so I stopped in Bait Al-Baranda.... More 

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Ely, UK
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Usually guides just take you into the main building - visit the others for a more satisfying visit. Good quality exhibits clearly explaining Omani history

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Vancouver, Canada
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98 reviews 98 reviews
80 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This privately-owned museum has excellent displays - from the perspective of an Arabic country compared to many Western European museums visited. The sections are weapons, pottery, musical instruments, coins, stamps, folk costumes of different Omani regions.

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Karachi, Pakistan
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I love muscat,oman because it's near to Dubai ,UAE and in muscat and salalah and Dhofar we can do so much like eating out and going to restaurants.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Good to know about the history of Muscat/Oman but it's not really a great museum. Plus it's not well maintained. Half the things don't work especially the audio/video sections. The staff doesn't really care about the whole thing.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Some of the audio devices do not work. The explanation of the geology of Oman was clear and interesting and children visiting seemed to enjoy the dinosaur skeleton. My favourite part was upstairs where there was an audio/visual display about the history of Oman. Worth a visit before going to the Souk.

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