The museum is not big but it's nice.The fort named Al Fahidi built in 1787 was once the house of the ruler of Dubai and is though to be the oldest building of Dubai.
In 1993 the fort was renovated to became the museum.
You can see how life was from long time ago to before and after the oil came up.
There's a suvenir shop inside at the end of the tour with cheap gifts.
From outside look at the walls you can still see marks of battle on the walls.
Open hours Saturday - Thursday : 0830 - 1930
Friday : 1330 - 1930
Opening hours change during Ramadan
The Dubai Museum is located inside the Al-Fahidi Fort in Bur Dubai.
It can be reached from the Dubai Old Souk abra station via a short walk through the souk area.
The museum contains a range of impressive exhibits depicting the history of Dubai.
The exhibits include a life-like souk, a school and a number of traditional shops, all with frighteningly realistic models. Other exhibits include one showing traditional desert life, one showing traders loading goods onto a dhow and another showing workers building a dhow.
Entrance costs 3 Dirhams for adults and 1 Dirham for kids.
The museum is housed within the beautifully restored Al Fahidi Fort, which was erected around 1778 to defend the city against invasion and was opened as a museum in 1971. The museum's diverse collection of exhibits offers a fascinating insight into the history and cultural heritage of Dubai.
The domestic and commercial life of a bygone era are presented in realistic lifesie dioramas. These provide re-creations of a labyrinthine souk and typical homes, as well as tableaux that bring to life the occupations, costumes and social customs. Other exhibits focus on ancient artefacts, life in the desert and Dubai's relationship with the sea.
Entrance fee: 3 Dhs (approx. 0,80 USD)
The Museum contains a collection of artifacts which depict the different aspects of Social, economic and Professional life which prevailed during the past century and the start of the present century.
if u r interested in history and like museums and stuff, i reccomd this museum to visit, you'll find heaps of arab culture. i had fun there, i hope u will too
When my wife and I entered the Old Fort, part of the Dubai Museum in the Shindagha District of Deira adjacent to the Heritage Village, we were not very impressed. The now-restored fort is very small as forts go, indeed, tiny compared with its Omani counterparts. And in the courtyard there were some fairly interesting items such as a small dhow, a canoe carved from a single tree trunk, and a very unusual wooden water tank. There was also a mock-up of a barrastee (mangrove branch) house with a wind tower made from woven palm fronds. We were pleased to see it all, but, as I said earlier, we were not very impressed.
Just before we were about to leave the fort, my wife decided she needed to use the facilities, which were down a rather dark ramp leading to a basement level, which we had not been made aware of. Not wanting to enter dark areas alone, she asked me to accompany her, which I did. We were thoroughly unprepared for what we found: the real body of the museum!
It turns out that the antiquities division of the Dubai government very practically decided to house most of their museum underground, which, of course, makes perfect sense considering the climate. Downstairs we found a whole series of display rooms, most filled with remarkably detailed tableaux, which illustrate better than almost any other possible means both Dubai’s traditions and its current and future development. In the greatest detail they have reproduced shops, pearl merchants’ stalls, tea houses, and even night-time Bedu encampments.
We ended up spending nearly 3 hours wandering around the underground museum, much longer than we often spend in similar institutions. It goes without saying that we left much impressed and have been recommending it to everyone we meet who intends visiting the city.
The Dubai Museum. I was there in 1995 in the summer. It was my first introduction to the history of the area. Highly recommended as learning atleast a little about where i find myself is very important to me. Check the link below as it does much more justice to the site than I can here.
Gives a nice history of the area with dioramas, artifacts, etc. It is located in the old Al Fahidi Fort. It is a good way to get cool on a hot Dubai afternoon.
Visit the Dubai Museum to learn about Dubai's past, present and future. There's an inside and outside exhibit area complete with traditional wind tower, house and dhow. Very cheap to enter.
Located in Al Faheidi Fort, this museum explains how life was lived by the people of Dubai, before the oil boom. A very interesting place.