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“Must See in Muscat!”

Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art
Ranked #22 of 93 things to do in Muscat
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Ghalyas Museum of Modern Art It invites visitors to explore Oman’s past, present and future aura, being welcomed not by one person, or several people, but by a whole culture. The display of modern works, in conjunction with the historic life of the 50s and 70s is intended to create a feeling that the “inner” Omani continues forever unchanging. With a permanent collection of heritage, culture, tradition and art, Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art serves as a museum and a showcase.
Reviewed November 7, 2013

When visiting Oman, I've always been struck by how friendly and personable the people are - how colourful and easygoing, by comparison to other Middle Eastern Society's. But equally, I had been curious as tohow Omani society had developed, particularly over the past 30/40 years, from a traditional and largely agricultural socity to a world class high end tourist destination with a host of 5 star hotels and a discerning visitor base. Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art is a real find and provides a remarkable insight into how those two worlds might have come together. The detail the insight the access and abaility to really touch and feel traditional Omani life is unique and exciting. Contrast then with the Modern Art on exhibit . . .a further extension of not just Omani life but how Middle Eastern life has changed dramatically in some ways and just very subtely in others. The range of artists on display is hugely informative and utterly absorbing. I would highly recommend a trip to this fascinating Museum and Gallery as a 'Must Do' on any visitors trip to Oman . . .and for those of you lucky enough to live there - its a must see. The location, incidentally, is superb, on the Majestic Corniche and not far from His Maj!

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

This fascinating little museum gives you insight into typical Omani homes during the middle of the 20th century before the present Sultan Qaboos began the modernisation of the country. The objective of the museum is to give the visitor insight into Omani heritage by showing Omani domestic life before the so-called "renaissance" that began on 23 July 1970 when the present Sultan became leader of the country and Oman entered the modern wolrd. Definitely worth a visit !

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

It is goo to pop in to see whats going on in oamn abi=ut art, for me that was an interesting experience.

2  Thank Shalvia
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

A fascinating experience and certainly a must-see in Muscat - much here that is a real commentary of current Arab culture.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Definitely a must-see while in old Muscat. The surrounding area is gorgeous as well and you can take photos from the rooftop. The art was very nice.

3  Thank jerilea
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