Muscat Gate Museum in Oman

Mar 29, 2015 | | Say something

Muscat Gate MuseumThe Muscat Gate Museum is in the capital city of Muscat. Muscat has several popular museums that give insight into the vibrant culture of the area. As one of the most famous and most visited museums, this location holds a certain amount of unique beauty. Situated on Al Saidiya street, this museum has displays about Oman’s history dating back to the Neolithic period and upwards through time to the present day. Oman has a very rich past and a history of chaos.

Water springs, ancient wells, underground water channels, souqs, houses, mosques, harbors, and forts are all documented here. You can see the Rocky Mountains and the beach from the top of the museum. It also has detailed exhibits about the capital city of Muscat. When the museum is closed, you can find an armed guard patrolling the premises.

You’ll find pretty much every historic event in Omans history here. Instead of trying to capture every detail about art or science, this museum focuses only on Oman and its history. The “gate” formerly marked the city’s boundary. The city of Muscat was once contained within fortified walls before converting the walled location into a museum. It opened in the year 2000 and is still open to this day.

It looks more like a castle than anything else. The decorative stone wall structure of the “gate” and surrounding structures make it look like something out of a Medieval movie. Just glancing at it is pretty amazing in itself. You can see how the stronghold of one of Oman’s gates could withstand military pressure.

This museum is open from Saturday to Thursday and is operated by the Muscat Municipality. For parking, you can go under the museum and follow the signs on to Riyam Street.

There are other museums as well! The Children’s Museum of Oman has many scientific experiments that children can participate in. They believe in a hands-on experience and science is one of the main focuses. Children can also learn to use computers through their interactive workshops. The hands on experience makes the trip fun for all ages, including adults. Also located in Muscat, the museum was officially opened on November 17, 1999. There are 45 exhibits, two demonstrations, and the total square footage of the museum is around 10,000. Serving over 50,000 visitors annually, they keep this museum in prefect working order.

There are three separate parts to the museum: Human Life, Physics, and Science. You can create a lightning bolt, launch a hot air balloon, photograph your own shadow, send a message through a “whisper dish” and much, much more. There is also a exhibit called “Eye Spy” that allows visitors to see how the eyes and brain process things differently. Although it is a complex understanding, the museum makes it an easy thing to learn.

No trip to Oman would be complete without a visit to the capital city. There is always something to do and the people are very proud of their culture.

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