This fascinating museum was opened in 1981 in a lovely old eighteenth century fort which served as the Ruler’s palace and office until 1970, when it became the main police station. Located in the town centre, the museum houses an interesting collection of archaeological artefacts, manuscripts, old weapons and reconstructions of traditional life.
Displays depicting weird and wonderful medical and religious practices give a fantastic, if eerie, insight into life as it must have been led for centuries among the coastal Bedouin. It isn’t a large collection, but it certainly delves deeper than most displays of so called heritage. There is also a working wind tower in one corner of the fort, where one can sit beneath to feel the breeze it creates.
Timings : Open from 9 a.m. to1 p.m., 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in winter and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in summer, Fridays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Saturdays. During Ramadan, opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission : Dhs 4 for adults, Dhs 2 for under 7s
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