We visited the Museum in a very hot day, after a long stroll in the Creek, and it was nice to breath some fresh, contitioned air!!
As you visit the museum, you go thru the history of Dubai, from desert houses with their typical wind towers to modern Dubai. Mannequins are used to recreate the atmosphere of an old creek, a night in the desert and to show how oyster fishing was performed.
You'll see old maps of the Gulf and aerial pics of the development of Dubai city in the last decades, really impressive!
Dubai Museum is located inside the refurbished Al-Fahidi Fort, built 1787 and believed to be the oldest building in Dubai. In the past the fort was used to defend the town from warlike neighbouring tribes. It has also served, at various times throughout history as the seat of government, the ruler's residence, a store for ammunition, and a jail.
The walls of the fort are built from coral and shell rubble from the sea, and are cemented together with lime. Wooden poles called handel support the upper floor, and the ceiling is made of palm fronds, mud and plaster. A massive, iron-studded door stands at the entrance, and its battle-scarred walls and towers bear witness to the conflicts of the past.
The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai on 12 May 71 with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Dubai Emirate, much of which is fast disappearing. Local antiquities have been collected and stored, along with artifacts from many African and Asian countries, trading partners with the Emirate, throughout its long commercial history.
At the Museum's entrance, after having a chance to look through the different types of seafaring transport and a few cannons, the visitor can browse through a collection of old maps, together with aerial photographs showing Dubai's considerable urban expansion between 1960-80. Inside, large sections have been devoted to musical instruments, as well as displays of deadly weaponry. There are even sections devoted to local flora and fauna.
There is a model of a wind-tower room in the architecture section, with diagrams and photographs showing different types of wind-towers from the older areas of Dubai city. There is also a section devoted to the dhows, much the lifeline of traditional Dubai trade.
I was most impressed by the museum. Dull information was being displayed in a fun and pleasant way, for both adults and kids. Certainly a most entertaining place to spend at least a couple of hours.
Admission fee is 3 AED (circa Jan 08).
We don't often visit museums on our travels, but I was keen to visit the Dubai Museum, mainly to learn about the more recent history of the city.
The museum is housed within the Al Fahidi Fort, which is possibly the oldest building in Dubai. Originally built in 1799 as a defence against foreign invasion, the Fort has since been used as a palace and prison. It was renovated in 1970 for use as a museum, with further restoration and additions added in 1995.
Outside the entrance to the museum you can have a close look at a traditional Arabic boat, a dhow. Inside, highlights for me included a grave, dug up from a nearby archaeological site, that dates back to the 6th century AD, and I also enjoyed reading about and watching a video about the way the city has grown in the last 50 or so years.
There was plenty to learn about ancient Dubai as well, and in turn you could get a feel from life in the city in the mid-20th century with a market recreation including life-size mannequins.
Saturday to Thursday: 08:30-20:30
The building that houses the Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Fort, was once an important part of the city's defences and has variously operated as a palace and a prison at various times during its history.
It is thought to be Dubai's oldest building, perhaps surprisingly considering it was only built in 1787. The building is now home to an eclectic collection of exhibits that includes manmade artefacts recovered from various archaeological sites, dating back as far as 2500BC. The fort also contains an impressive range of military artefacts.
This is perhaps the best-known cultural instituation of Dubai. In a former fortress, the history of Dubai is shown. The time between the early 19th century (when Dubai was established as a political unity) and 1971 (when Dubai became a founding member of a new independent country, the United Arab Emirates) forms the large part of the exhibition. But also older Dubai history and future plans for Dubai can be seen here. All the exhibitions are in english and arab, unfortunately I do not remember if there are leaflets etc. in any other language. They have a high standard, being more informative than many I have seen in european museums. They only facility westerners may probably miss is some kind of café which is not in the museum (just two vending mechines close to the exit). But on the other hand, who goes to a museum to eat?
Entry fee was quite low, but I don’t remember the exact amount. The Al Fahidi fortress, where the museum is located, is one of the oldest structure in the United Arab Emirates, dating from the late 18th century. Ist front door is one of the most photographed motives in Dubai.
Visit the Dubai Museum for a crash course in the history of Dubai. Here you would get to know the life in Dubai before the discovery of oil. The museum is very well-arranged and gives a great walkthrough of the traditional Bedouin culture and life. It's also interesting to learn that pearl diving was a big business before oil was discovered. It's also nice to see how life was at the Dubai Creek in the old days. This museum is worth visiting!
The building in itself was known as the Al Fahidi Fort and is a historical building in itself. Take your time to explore the compound as well. There is a souvenir shop at the end of your tour where you can purchase some nice memorabilia of Dubai!
Sat - Thurs : 8.30 am - 8.30 pm
Fri : 3.00 pm - 9 pm
Dubai Museum is hosted inside Al Fahidi Fort, a fort dating back to 1787 and restored in 1971 to be used as a museum.It's a beautiful building with a small but well-preserved defensive tower. The museum inside is fairly interesting - or better very interesting in tis content - but at times a bit on the tacky side... this is Dubai, after all, so I guess it shouldn't hurt.
It is divided in 4 main areas, each dedicated to a different "life":
- Commercial Life
- Domenstic Life
- Life in the desert
- Life on the sea
The museum is open Saturday to Thursday: 08:30-20:30 daily - Friday: 14:30-20:30
Here you can read some explanation and details of the arabian way of life,traditions and cultures too...from the way they dressed and their common day to day activities centuries before they develop this city...from fishermen to all walks of life..
If you want to learn about the short history of Dubai then for a few Dirhams you can visit the museum. Kinda old but at least it tells you about how Dubai was formed and about the technological advancement.
This is definately worth visiting, it's a really good museum. It takes you through the history of Dubai and there are some incredible photos of Dubai when it was a small fishing community.
It is worth giving yourself enough time to look around properly as it is very well set out.
The Dubai Museum has variety including living displays and has something for all ages and gives an extremely good insight into Dubai then and now. Its cool, easy to get around, wheelchair friendly and ideal as your first place to visit.
We took a friend who works at one of Sydney Australias largest museums, the Powerhouse and she rated it as very good, educational and interesting....... not all museums are like that!
"Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1800, is home to the Dubai Museum, and is thought to be Dubai's oldest building. When the Museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, its main aim was to furnish a record of the Emirate's traditional life, much of which is fast disappearing. Local antiquities have been collected and stored, along with artifacts from many African and Asian countries, trading partners with the Emirate, throughout its long commercial history"
I am not a huge museum person, but this had to be one of the nicest museum's i have ever visited..
Housed in Al-Fahidi Fort which was built in 1799, the Dubai Museum is a must thing to see whilst visiting Dubai. The entrance features several aerial photographs showing the growth of Dubai over the years. You then enter through into the courtyard which features a large tank which was used to carry fresh water on pearling boats. Also in the courtyard are several small boats including a shasha, a small fishing boat made of palm fronds. A hall on the righthand side of the fort displays the forts history. There is also a barasti house which features a wind tower.
Housed inside the fort are exhibits of the city's fast development, recreations of a typical souk, a home and a school as they would have looked in the 1950's and a display on pearling.
If you have time you could visit the Dubai museum.Loads of tourists come there daily.I think its worth a visit if you have ample time on your hand.It's not a must see more like if you have extra time why not.
Even though the history of Dubai is not that long, visiting this museum is a very interesting (and cheap) activity.
There are some interesting exhibitions there that show how the life looked like 50 years ago...before oil was found.
To create authentic atmosphere, life-size figures and sound and lighting effects are exhibited here to resemble life in the "old" days..