Bait Al Zubair
Bait Al Zubair
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • geo3
    Calgary, Canada1,466 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but good
    This seems to be another one of the mandatory stops on group tours, so if you can time your visit in between bus tours it will be most enjoyable. Given its small size, it gets quite crowded when a bus load of tourists is in the museum. It's a good introduction to Omani traditional culture. The illustrated map of Oman was helpful in understanding the country, the costume displays were well done, and for those who are stamp collectors there is a small but interesting display of stamps hidden away upstairs. The small-scale models of various significant Omani buildings were also interesting.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 25, 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Museum that needs a few hours to really appreciate
    Bait al Zubair Museum was a twentieth century Omani house, owned by a long standing government minister that was then converted to a museum to showcase Omani culture - clothes, weapons, architecture, trade and music and the differences between the regions that make up the country. Again, the 45 minutes we had here weren't enough but we did get an overview of the country and its people and left with a greater understanding than we had before we went inside. We didn't have time to see the gardens, the separate recreation of an Omani house, the map rooms or the stamps and coins room, basically in 45 minutes we just saw the ground floor so allow maybe 2 hours.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 17, 2024
  • WonderfulWorld59
    Lee's Summit, Missouri440 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommended! This Ethnographic Museum has Well-Presented Displays of Khanjar Daggers, Clothing, Jewelry, etc.
    A lovely museum focused on telling the story of the Omani people through well-presented signboards and ethnographic displays of Omani artifacts such as Khanjar daggers, clothing, jewelry, manuscripts, photographs, etc. Outside as you exit the museum is an informative signboard and model of the Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman. Still in use today, 5 examples of this system have been recognized by Unesco as World Heritage Sites. After a delightful visit, we enjoyed coffee then lunch at the cafe outside of the main entrance. Note, this cafe serves some lovely traditional Omani food but do not wait until early afternoon since there is limited availability of these popular specialty meals which require hours of preparation.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
  • Ali Nazifpour
    Tehran, Iran30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best anthropological museum
    To me, this is actually the best museum in Oman. It is the platonic ideal of a great anthropological museum. With detailed information on displays, it truly gives you a comprehensive understanding of the culture and lives of Omani people in all its historical and geographic diversity. You honestly learn as much as a university course.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 28, 2024
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
This seems to be another one of the mandatory stops on group tours, so if you can time your visit in between bus tours it will be most enjoyable. Given its small size, it gets quite crowded when a bus load of tourists is in the museum.

It's a good introduction to Omani traditional culture. The illustrated map of Oman was helpful in understanding the country, the costume displays were well done, and for those who are stamp collectors there is a small but interesting display of stamps hidden away upstairs. The small-scale models of various significant Omani buildings were also interesting.
Written December 25, 2023
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khadooja
Muscat, Oman34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
A good museum to know more about Oman and the old days, it has some arts, old houses of how people lived in the old days. its close to the National Museum and Palace.

for day/night tours in Oman you can contract Khadija on +968 79102401
Written January 9, 2022
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal3,757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
This Museum complex which also includes the Bait Al Bagh is the main Museum of Mascate. Said to have been founded in 1914 by Sheikh Al Zubair Bin Ali as a family home and a gathering place for the elite. The Museum rooms were very well organized providing the newcomers with a thorough understanding of what Omanis are about cultural and traditionally speaking. The written information was in English which made life easier for us.
Written November 23, 2022
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,821 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This museum provides exhibits that focus on the cultural history of Oman. There are examples of the clothing and jewelry worn by women, accessories worn by men such as knives in decorative sheaths, cooking gear, household items and other items essential to the day to day lives of the Omani people. There is also a comprehensive history the Royal Family depicted in paintings.

One exhibit I particularly enjoyed was a scale model of Old Muscat and a souk; the attention to detail was very impressive!

There is also a gift shop that has some interesting items unique to Oman.

This museum has a personal, intimate feel. This is not surprising; I learned that the museum was founded by the Zubair family which provided many of the items included in the exhibits.
Written August 24, 2022
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Bait al Zubair Museum was a twentieth century Omani house, owned by a long standing government minister that was then converted to a museum to showcase Omani culture - clothes, weapons, architecture, trade and music and the differences between the regions that make up the country. Again, the 45 minutes we had here weren't enough but we did get an overview of the country and its people and left with a greater understanding than we had before we went inside.

We didn't have time to see the gardens, the separate recreation of an Omani house, the map rooms or the stamps and coins room, basically in 45 minutes we just saw the ground floor so allow maybe 2 hours.
Written March 18, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

WonderfulWorld59
Lee's Summit, MO440 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A lovely museum focused on telling the story of the Omani people through well-presented signboards and ethnographic displays of Omani artifacts such as Khanjar daggers, clothing, jewelry, manuscripts, photographs, etc. Outside as you exit the museum is an informative signboard and model of the Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman. Still in use today, 5 examples of this system have been recognized by Unesco as World Heritage Sites. After a delightful visit, we enjoyed coffee then lunch at the cafe outside of the main entrance. Note, this cafe serves some lovely traditional Omani food but do not wait until early afternoon since there is limited availability of these popular specialty meals which require hours of preparation.
Written March 20, 2024
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70ava
Beijing, China998 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
If you want to spend your money wisely on museums, that is the one not to be missed. Highly informative and visually excellent place - you end up learning so much about this fascinating country and you do feel you are ready to explore it. We loved the map posted at the beginning, the detailed descriptions about clothing and incense, the explanations about Jewelry and weaponry and the beautiful surrounding garden. Make sure you have time for this place - no need to rush. The coffee shop in the garden is also amazing.
Written February 16, 2023
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Peeter P
Mississauga, Canada903 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Down side: No photography allowed inside. Upside: fabulous displays of Omani clothing, jewellry, utensils, weapons, etc. It was worthwhile being escorted by our private guide. We were most impressed by the displays of elegant royal clothing and silver.
Written February 14, 2020
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pbhPlymouth
plymouth1,023 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Excellent museum show casing Omani life and history. Well labelled exhibitions. Good display of tribal clothes, jewellery and silver..Upstairs interesting collection of Oman stamps.
Written March 17, 2020
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Ali Nazifpour
Tehran, Iran30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
To me, this is actually the best museum in Oman. It is the platonic ideal of a great anthropological museum. With detailed information on displays, it truly gives you a comprehensive understanding of the culture and lives of Omani people in all its historical and geographic diversity. You honestly learn as much as a university course.
Written April 28, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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