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Museum of the Frankincense Land
Ranked #5 of 40 things to do in Salalah
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

As you are visiting Oman's region linked to a long tradition of frankincense trade, this museum is a must. It's divided in two exhibition halls - Maritime Hall and Historical Hall, both full of descriptive models and exposed in a lovely way. At the same time the museum isn't too big so visitors don't get tired. You can visit both halls easy in 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Linked to the museum is also the UNESCO site of Al Baleed old trade port and still under ongoing excavations. Open from 9 am to 9 pm every day except Friday/Saturday when it opens only in the afternoon from 3 pm to 9 pm.

Thank Kathrin Z
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

The ancient port city of Al Baleed is under active excavation and restoration and you can see it all in person. Live your Indiana Jones fantasies while watching real life archaeologist from the US, Europe, and Oman unearth the buildings and artifacts at Al Baleed. See entire stone buildings that have been found and some still being excavated. Inside the museum learn all about the Frankincense trade including an amazing Maritime section and many interactive displays. One of the best museums in the mid-east.

3  Thank Hi_Fi_Guy
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

There aren't too many attractions in Salalah, but this one is definitely worth the visit. We made the mistake of not realizing they weren't open on Saturday mornings, but did manage to make it back that afternoon and are glad we did.

The museum itself is small, but jam packed with information. You cannot take photographs inside, but everything was exhibited in a very delightful manner. We enjoyed the films about frankincense.

It was also well worth the time to take a look at the Al Baleed archaeological site that shares a parking lot with the museum.

1  Thank Hoagy74
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

it was a bit of an insight in the local culture and past history.. very informative and lots of interesting things to see. The ground are also part of a UNESCO heritage site.. very cool

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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Very interesting and well worth it. Rather quiet and not ideal with children but pretty set up, nice walks and river trips.

Thank Lisa C
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