Museum of the Frankincense Land

Museum of the Frankincense Land, Salalah: Address, Phone Number, Museum of the Frankincense Land Reviews: 4/5

Museum of the Frankincense Land

Museum of the Frankincense Land
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veronicamgb
London, UK22 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Whilst the museum itself is quite small (only 2 rooms were open), and there’s relatively little about frankincense, it is a worthwhile museum to visit. It’s beautifully laid out, informative with some good videos. It provides a good synopsis of Omani history and the country today. The adjoining Al Balid archaeological site is also really interesting and huge (ticket covers both). You can walk amongst this site where archaeologists are still working, and the reference signs in English are very good. Lovely walk through and down to the pristine white village - and an hours walk back to the souk.
Written February 26, 2020
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stella317
leicestershire609 contributions
Feb 2020
Opening times on Friday and Saturday are very limited and the cafe and shop are not open. The hall about the old city and the frankincense trade are good but would have been better if the videos had been working. There's an impressive collection of models and replicas of local ships in a separate hall - if you're interested in that kind of thing.
Written March 1, 2020
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Francois L
Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France1,235 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A small museum with limited exhibits but well presented. A good way to better know and understand Oman history. The naval part is excellent. The museum is in a park set around the old Al Baleed town currently under restoration. Worth strolling around
Written February 20, 2020
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mcjools
Muscat, Oman101 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
So many people recommended this place but it was the worst tourist experience in four years of living in Oman.

We arrived shortly after opening. We had understood that for a small fee we could be driven round the archaeological park in a golf buggy (important because we have a 6 year old and it was a very hot day). And we saw lots of golf buggies and staff. But they laughed and refused to drive us and said we had to walk.

So with no map off we headed into the park assuming it would be easy to navigate a short walk and then come back before we got too hot. We realised about 20 mins in that we had headed down an extremely long path which had no shaded areas at all. There was also nowhere to sit and nowhere to refill water bottles. Our son started to feel weak and so we tried to walk on as fast as we could but there was no way to cut the journey short - it was unclear whether it was quicker to turn back or keep going. We kept going and encountered lots of wild dogs. My son nearly collapsed from the heat and there was nothing we could do but carry him back because there was nowhere to rest.

When we got back I asked the park/museum guard for somewhere to get water urgently. He laughed and pointed to a door to a cafe. This door took us outside in the sun again for a 2-minute walk to a cafe. And it was closed. The men standing around could see we were desperate but they just indicated everywhere was closed because of COVID. And yet the museum itself was open, so I think this was a lie.

We decided we had had enough of the place. We didn’t walk around the museum at all. The staff were rude, unhelpful, lazy and seemed not to want to do anything to help a small child in urgent need of water. Their behaviour and attitude towards us was disgraceful.

Written April 5, 2021
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gwyn r
22 contributions
Feb 2020
A well presented museum that highlighted the trade routes that have used Salalah over the centuries.
The model demonstrating the the ingenious water supply for the city was super.
My favourite display was a letter of complaint written before the common era (BC). Showing that goods were still being delivered to wrong addresses. Some things don't change
Written March 21, 2020
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Big_Shug
Edinburgh, UK82 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
A newly built museum with archaeology artefacts and sailing exhibits and more. Outside a huge site of buildings 600AD ish. Really well laid out with information in Arabic and English.
Written February 29, 2020
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evesildnik
Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia96 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
Museum Salalah located in city, it ś a very very interesting for all visitors and gives a good overview of the history of Oman.You can watch a movie on the development of Oman in the last 40 years.
Written January 4, 2015
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Nathan M
Muscat, Masqat, Oman41 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
Often wrongly named, this is the Land of Frankincense museum located in the archaeological park for the ancient port of Al-Baleed. The museum was opened in 2001 so it is fairly new but do not expect a lot of interactives. The museum itself is divided into 2 sections, Maritime and History, both are comprehensive enough for the casual visitor but not really deep enough in text and commentary for the more serious visitor.
The museum is one of the stand-out attractions in Salalah and should be top of the list to visit first. It gives context to any of the other attractions and sites you'll visit.

It cost 2 RO to get it but since this include the excellent Al-Baleed archeological site it is pretty good value, though photography is not allowed within the museum.
Written May 17, 2013
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3littlepigsgotroppo
Sydney, Australia552 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
My husband is a bit of a museum junkie so our Guide brought us here. On opening the door and walking into the welcome airconditioning I was stunned to discover a world Class modern museum, set out as well as any I have visited anywhere...quite fascinating. Well worth a visit!
Written May 4, 2013
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doctor694
Oman79 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
I went there with my wife, during Khareef. The Museum is located next to a major archaeological site. It is not big, but nicely designed, according to what I could see from outside, because the museum was closed although we were allowed to enter the grounds.Fortunately, we were permitted to roam through the vast area of the ancient city, destroyed in an earthquake a few centuries ago. The site is well maintained, and all the important places are well marked with detailed explanations. Major works have been performed to excavate monumental buildings pertaining to the city, and it is worthwhile visiting it.

However, the local authorities must be aware that the museum cannot work when the employees feel like opening it. They should respect the visitors and their limited time frame.
Written May 5, 2012
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