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bai Museum is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.

The museum was opened by the Ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. When entering, one can see the fort constructed and the various displays that go along with it. From the fort, there is a path to the galleries, which display the general culture of the land, especially in the 1800s. It includes local antiques as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It also includes several dioramas showing life in the emirate before the advent of oil, in addition to artifacts from recent discoveries as old as 3000 BC.

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Open hours today: 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • 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

  • Friday

    2:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Saturday

    8:30 am - 8:30 pm

  • Sunday

    8:30 am - 8:30 pm

  • July 13, 2024 4:15 pm local time

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    • Johnnie Victor Ferrer
      March 5, 2023 at 9:00 am

      Went to Dubai Museum before the world halted due to pandemic.

      I was amazed with this museum. It featured dioramas depicting Dubai’s history, starting from the simple lifestyle of the people in the olden days. The lifesized dioramas showed the different occupations of the people among other interesting activities including details of their working environment. Artifacts are also on display.

      There’s also an interesting souvenir shop in the museum.

    • Mehatpur Wale
      April 18, 2023 at 6:02 am

      🇦🇪👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
      The Dubai Museum the rich historical and cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates. The museum tells the rich story of the ancient city of Dubai and other Emirates that makes up UAE.

      Pictures are allowed in the museum and that makes it possible to have some of the history with you.Its absolutely free of cost.

    • Shambhunath Sadhu
      July 25, 2023 at 5:18 am

      l Fahidi fort & Dubai museum is in same boundary. The location can be accessed via Fahidi metro station (Green Line). In this place you will get the vibe of old historical Dubai. I visited this place in 2016. I loved the place. I roan around the place for sometime for photography. There are some old canons also and also a big model of a Ship for photography. The museum shows history & culture of Dubai in a quite self explanatory way.

    • Priyanka Rajwar
      July 31, 2023 at 11:05 am

      I visited the place when it was still closed. Early May I could only see the exterior which is very nicely done and is intriguing enough.
      I crossed this place a lot of times whilst my stay at the Al Seef Hilton.

    • Mr. Victorious Jaffar Wattoo
      August 1, 2023 at 4:48 am

      Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort (Arabic:, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.

      The museum was opened by the Ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. When entering, one can see the fort constructed and the various displays that go along with it. From the fort, there is a path to the galleries, which display the general culture of the land, especially in the 1800s. It includes local antiques as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It also includes several dioramas showing life in the emirate before the advent of oil, in addition to artifacts from recent discoveries as old as 3000 BC.

      In 2007, Dubai Museum received 1,800 visitors daily, with a yearly total of 611,840. In March 2008, the museum had 80,000 visitors. The most popular times are from August to April. The museum received over 1 million visitors in 2013.The total area of Dubai museum is 4,000 square meters.

      A renovation was carried out in 2021 by the former HQ of the Dubai ruler.

      History
      Al Fahidi Fort was built in several phases. The oldest tower was built around 1787, and is believed to be the oldest building in Dubai that still exists today. The fort was used to guard the landward approaches to the town from the raids of neither ruler’s palace, a garrison, and a prison.

      In 1969, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued a letter to Sheikh Badr Mohammad Al Sabah, head of the office of state in Kuwait, asking for a museum expert to be sent to Dubai to help establish the museum.
      Fort
      Al Fahidi Fort is square-shaped with towers occupying three of its corners. It was built of coral rock and mortar in several phases. Just off the southern wall lie a reconstruction of the old city walls. Next to them stands a tall dhow (traditional boat) in the middle of a large courtyard that covers the underground galleries. Two cannons guard the main gate to the fort on the eastern wall, adorned by flags of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
      Internal halls line three of the fort walls. One hall is at the main gate and houses the ticket office, while the others contain a collection of old weapons and arms from different historical periods along with a model of the city in 1820 AD. Traditional musical instruments are also displayed next to a video of folkloric music.
      The halls surround a central courtyard. Here you will find a bronze cannon with cannonballs, a well, and various types of boats. In the corner stands a traditional summer house called Arish. The Arish is made entirely from weaved palm fronds. It comprises seating and sleeping areas as well as a kitchen, filled with household furnishings and objects used by the locals in past times. The Arish features the distinct wind tower design, used for air conditioning in the pre-electricity days.

      Galleries
      Entrance to the galleries is located at the tower on the south-western corner of the fort. After descending the spiral stairs visitors enter the first gallery, where old maps of Dubai are displayed. Next is the video room, showing a video, updated in 2007, that depicts Dubai from before the discovery of oil in the 1960s to the current day. Below it there is a map that shows the urban scape of the city growing in sync with the timeline of the video.

      Life-size dioramas of the pre-oil era await behind the next door. Once they enter, visitors will set foot on the deck of a dhow unloading at the model creek-side souq. Moving ahead they will see the shops filled with craftsmen, vendors and buyers. A tailor, a carpenter, an iron smith, a textile vendor and others line the street. Realistic sounds and life-size videos of craftsmen at work give the impression of a bustling souq.

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