Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
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Monday
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,419 contributions
    Impressive and Historic Fort
    This review if just of the exterior of the fort as we did not go inside as the Museum has been closed since the pandemic. However, Al Fahidi Fort is an impressive sight and provides a real sense of history. Built in 1787, it is the oldest structure in the city still standing. It is located near the historic Al Fahidi neighborhood along scenic Dubai Creek and it is an area, along with Al Seef, well worth exploring to experience the "old" Dubai.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Seyon
    London, United Kingdom13 contributions
    Dubai museum
    The ancient past of Dubai. How they started and keep progressing to become one of the most beautiful city in the world. Let's of facts about the city and the transformation so far. Quite an interesting journey. I wish leaders in Africa can think and have great vision for development to make Africa compete with the rest of the world.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania27,166 contributions
    Small fortress
    A not very imposing fort, seen from the outside. Stone walls, not very high, and a few towers, not very impressive either. The fort houses the Dubai museum, but it is currently closed to visitors. So all you can do is walk along the walls trying to see it from as many angles as possible.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 19, 2023
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Tiffani M
Westminster, CO23 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
The museum itself was fine but the extremely rude lady at the ticket desk was an unexpected disappointment. After I handed her the 6 dirhams for my daughter and myself, she yelled something at me that I didn’t understand and then said, “this no good (pointing to the 5dirham bill I gave her) so I asked “why” and she pointed to the tiny corner of the bill that had been torn off. I was in shock, and she said, “Use this somewhere else, not here. Give me a different one, I saw that you have more money “. So I gave her a different one and told her that I think she has serious problems and walked away only to be scolded by a tour guide that was in the queue behind us who said, “You dont talk that way to a government employee”. I later found out that the bill was “perfectly useable”. In summary, I don’t think such a rude and mean person should be working in a customer service position with tourists.
Written January 1, 2020
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Kevin M
Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States230 contributions
Jan 2020
As a history museum, I felt Dubai Museum to be pretty standard in what it has on display. Some of the bigger exhibits are found in the underground level, and showcase the society and industries of the pre-modern UAE. The newer museums in the nearby al-Shindagha Heritage Village are more specialised and fascinating. Still, the old fort it was built into is lovely, despite the cramped corridors and the surrounding city outside. If you're interested, I recommend visiting this museum sooner in your trip, both to get a basic understanding of the region, and to set your expectations a little lower.
Written December 31, 2020
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Shaf
Mumbai, India46 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
The fort has the Dubai Museum. Taking a cab to it is ideal, that's what I do but otherwise the Al Fahidi station on the green line will be closest, but even then a cab will be needed, from the station it is 5 mins away. The museum has a lot information of how life way before modernisation. So many relics and information to go alongside it, if you're into it, you could spend an entire day here reading and seeing and moving ahead. Ticket is needed, it is a meagre amount. Do check it out when you're in Dubai.
Written February 1, 2020
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lbj17
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK3,399 contributions
Feb 2020
We thought that at 3 AED there wouldn’t be much to see, but we spent just under an hour there and didn’t spend much time looking at the swords etc. There are boards in Arabic and English detailing Dubai’s development since the 1800s and particularly over the last 70 years.

It’s a pity that too many people want to take selfies of themselves rather than look at the exhibits. Selfie sticks should be banned!

We were unfortunate to arrive at the same time as a cruise ship group, but they almost jogged through the museum, so we weren’t bothered by them for long.

Closed at the weekend.
Written February 23, 2020
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Lynette S
Brisbane, Australia167 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
This museum is housed in Dubai Fort & is very cheap to visit. At the beginning you tour through the old fort, looking at exhibits. Originally, we thought, ‘oh well you get what you pay for’. Then as you head further down into the fort, you come across a modern museum, telling the story of the development & history of Dubai. It was very well done & we spent a couple of hours here, immersed in Dubai’s history. Highly recommend if you are a history buff like me.
Written September 13, 2020
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Gopal R
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
The Dubai museum is a must visit for all those who are interested in knowing the history of the United Arab Emirates and it's great Visionary leaders. There's a light and sound show which depicts the evolution of the U.A.E. from a small fishing village trading dates and pearls to a full fledged metropolis which is now proudly one of the leading cities of the world. Please check when the temporary closure will be lifted by the end of the month.
Written March 15, 2020
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Danielle S
Arlington, TX144 contributions
Feb 2020
I absolutely loved this museum - the exhibits are life like and the signage is very informative! Kids would love this, but adults I'm sure would appreciate this museum which tells the history of Dubai and its people. The part about the Bedouin women's role in their society is definitely romanticized... not entirely accurate, but still very interesting!
Don't miss the gift shop at the end of the tour. I can't wait to go back and wish I bought the souvenirs I wanted...
Written February 23, 2020
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TravellingWizard
Bengaluru, India271 contributions
Dec 2019
The Dubai museum is extremely small and can easily be covered in 15 minutes. We were given complimentary tickets as part of our hop-on-hop-off package and there's a stop right in front of the museum on the red route. There's no major art work or painting and you could read about most of the exhibits online. If time is a constraint, I would even recommend skipping this.
Written February 12, 2020
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namit1707
New Delhi, India101 contributions
Feb 2020
Dubai Museum is the major meuseum of dubai, it informs about the history of dubai, trade the initial livelihood of the people of dubai, the sculptures are beautifully made. It’s the oldest building of dubai and have a look of old castle. The tickets are easily available at the entrance.The museum gives the entire details about dubai. It tells how the people of dubai started business and reached till this level. It’s a worth visit place. Try visiting on the second or third day of your trip as you will be able to connect more of the things in the meuseum.
Written March 14, 2020
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HarryLolas
Pyrgos, Greece42 contributions
Nov 2019
Our escort from the group did not recommend it , but she was wrong. The Dubai museum is worth visiting and well organized. My only objection, they would not accept credit cards or euros in the entrance (a fact not very kindly presented by the museum employee), so I had to search for the nearest place in the neighborhood for money exchange despite my limited time. A less dedicated visitor would have left the place with a bad impression... Other than that, it was a well spent hour in Dubai, much more interesting than any mall or trade center.
Written January 20, 2020
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