In Oman, there is a museum called the Bait Al Zubair. It’s located in Muscat, the capital city of Oman. Oman is over 320,000 square kilometers of landscape with over 5,000 years of history. Because of the sea faring industry of the past, there has been a long string of rich history surrounding the region. In the museum, you can find artifacts and exhibits about the countries traditional craft industries, the Al Busaidi Dynasty, portraits featuring the various rulers and their time being the Sultan.
Four galleries found on the main floor show the classic Omani dagger, the clothing of the male and females of various time periods, traditional swords and the firearms used in wars and self defense, antique jewelry and common household items found throughout the ages. The first floor of the Bait Al Zubair museum vary. There are different exhibits shown at different times but there is a library that remains constant. There is also a garden that has a palm frond, or barasti, a falaj (which is an ancient water distribution center), a souq area that shows what a traditional souq market place looks like, a display of the boats used during the fishing era, and stone houses that changed in structure throughout the varying time periods.
In an effort to capture how the local traditions and resources affected how housing architecture was structured throughout Oman, a house was built. This house has a guest lounge, or majlis, in addition to a traditional date store and bedroom. This allows visitors to see how Oman people lived over 100 years ago and brings to light answers to the questions people have about how houses were built back then and what materials were used.
There is also a third building that is part of the museum complex. It is a three story building that contains a temporary exhibition hall on the ground floor. This exhibition hall has changing exhibits and changes throughout the year. There is also a reception area that welcomes new visitors to the building. One floor up. on the first floor, there are early European maps being displayed that shows depictions of the Arabian peninsula. There is also a variety of Muscati furniture to be seen as well. On the second floor you can find some artifacts of early cameras, prints of the Arabian peninsula, and photographs of Muscat. That makes up a total of three floors.
The additional building with the three stories was actually modeled after an actual house in Oman of the present time. This museum is very good at showing how traditional craft industries were passed down from family to family. There are many family businesses that have been procured through the use of local and regional industries. Passing down work skills from father to son and other family members was common place and still is to this day in Oman. The sea faring fishing traditions are a good example of this.