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Dubai Museum

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Address: Al Fahidi Street | Al Fahidi Fort, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 971-4-3531862
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8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sat - Thu 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai life in the...

This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai life in the days before the discovery of oil. Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms and desert and marine life.

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Allow 1-2hrs for this must of a visit, by the time you leave you will have a good potted history of the culture and background to old Dubai. If you have a Big Bus ticket its free... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A small, but informative museum tracing the history of Dubai and its neighbouring land. The displays a captioned in English but they were difficult to read because I kept being barged out of the way by people wishing to have their photo taken whilst pulling faces. I suppose the best tip is get there early because there really isn't a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Allow 1-2hrs for this must of a visit, by the time you leave you will have a good potted history of the culture and background to old Dubai. If you have a Big Bus ticket its free to get in (bus stop outside the museum) otherwise just a few Dirhams. You start with a mock up of how they lived... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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312 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 421 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

if you sign up for a traditional city tour of dybai this museum is probably included- and gives you a great insight in old days dubai. Its beautifully done. A bit claustrophic in some places as the museum is very busy at times. highly recommended

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The nice thing about this museum is that it tells more the history of the area than actually show a lot of pieces. They recreated different scenarios with statues and decorations, and you can follow the progress of the life style during the years. It is a nice option to hide a little from the sun and heat, since it... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been here many times but always go back. In such a modern city it's great to find history like this. A glimpse of the past and a nice change from all the water and towers etc.

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Jaipur, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a perfect place to know the past and present transition of dubai. Though it is not a big museum but worthful information is presented in very artistic way. This place is centrally located in meena bazaar Burdubai. The ticket price is very cheap only 3 dirham. A worth going place to know more about the history of dubai... More 

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Baie du Tombeau
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum, opened in 1971, depicts everyday life in the days before the discovery of oil. It features galleries that recreate historic Arab houses, mosques, Souks, date farms and desert and marine life. It also includes an exhibit on pearl diving, with sets of pearl merchants’ weights, scales and sieves. You can view artefacts from Africa and Asia, as well... More 

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Chelsea, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you miss this attraction on your visit, don't stress, it's not worth it The underground seems to go on forever its so boring.

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Madurai, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As we have passed through the Modern HI Tech Dubai, Entering into the Museum bring us the Real and Authentic Dubai How it was originally, Such a Mesmerizing place where we see Wat Dubai actually was and where Now Dubai actually is, Woww Such a interesting place, Some May not find it interesting due not having an idea how to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Dubai Museum is very historical.. it shows all history of dubai.. very informative .. it shows culture & development of UAe

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Staying in The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.
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