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Bait Al-Baranda

Al-Mina St Mutrah, Muscat, Oman
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Ranked #12 of 25 Attractions in Muscat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
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English first
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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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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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79 reviews 79 reviews
37 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I have seen several before so was not really impressed by it. the surrounding area is not that great. but worth a visit if you are first time in muscat.

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Oman
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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