I visited Bait Al Baranda about 3 years ago and I really enjoyed it. It was really informative and interesting.
I was very keen to re-visit it this year and took a few friends with me however we ended up being quite disappointed. The first issue we ran into was parking. We went on a weekday and had the hardest time finding a place to park.
The best part of the whole visit was the lovely Omani man at the welcome desk who was very interested in where we were from and who gave us pamphlets.
I would say the place just felt like it had been left for three years and stripped of the information. Most of the displays had no information about the pictures or display or they were broken. The displays which did have information were okay. A lot of the video/sound displays weren't working while we were there and the lights weren't even on so we had to read the signs by the light of our phones.
We loved the before and after pictures of Muscat but again, there were no dates next to them nor any description of where the photo was taken or of what.
This place has so much potential but it is let down by the lack of care and attention to detail. If you have no idea about the history of Oman, I would still recommend a visit (after all, entry is only OR 1) since it will give you an idea of how modern day Muscat came to be.
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