We went here on our recent trip to Dubai. I wanted to go to take some pictures of the fort that the museum is housed in, and didn't expect too much from the exhibits. We ended up pleasantly surprised.
For starters the price of the museum visit is AED 3 per person (small children even less expensive) which was much less expensive than the cab ride to the museum. The outside and above ground exhibits show some historic weapons and cannons, old fishing boats, and a replica palm frond house people used to live in, which are interesting in their own right.
There is a very large exhibit below ground which is dedicated to telling the history of Dubai through many large dioramas showing the lives and settings of the population of the past. If you have glass and steel skyscraper overload this exhibit puts things into perspective quite effectively. There are also some archaeological exhibits.
Given the price this is something you shouldn't miss if you are interested in history at all. Allow for about 1-2 hours to see everything.
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