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“Excellent Overview of Omani Traditions”
Review of Bait Al Zubair

Bait Al Zubair
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US$176.00*
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Best of Muscat City Tour
Ranked #3 of 94 things to do in Muscat
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Bayt (or Bait) al Zubair is actually several buildings in a former residential compound that have been turned into a museum, gift shop, gallery and café. The gift shop is well stocked with higher end items and the café has a nice selection of beverages and treats. But the main attraction is the museum, dedicated to preserving and explaining the Omani way of life.

There are exhibits on a variety of topics: traditional dress for men and women; one of the better explanations I saw of the classic Omani dagger (al khanjar); a typical household; the domestic arts; entertainment, etc. Its well signed and comprehensive. But its not so big as to be overwhelming, I was done in under an 90 minutes. There was also this entertaining collection of goat statues out front.

Another reason to recommend this museum is that its one of the few things open in the afternoon. Around 1:30PM all of the other cultural attractions shut down for their afternoon break, leaving Bait al Zubair about the only thing to do.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

This museum is all about the Omani culture and traditions. It's exotic and interesting with good presentation in Arabic and English.

There are some guides in different languages like, German and French.

Sultan Qaboos has really made much effort to build this museum and present a perfect example for preserving the Omani culture and traditions in one place!

This is a MUST to see!

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Oman history at its best. Highlighting the gone by years, Located in Muscat.Check the timings before u go.

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

I was very impressed with this museum. The exhibits are very well described and organized inside and outside the building. While not a large museum, you can experience it all within 45 minutes without rushing. It does a wonderful job of telling the cultural history of Oman. This is a definite MUST SEE on any visit to Oman.

Thank Kcdavid100
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

A good little museum with an interesting look at the culture. There was women's clothing from all the different parts of Oman and a very large collection of traditional jewelry. There were also kitchen items and a stamp collection that made me want to collect Middle Eastern Stamps. There is also a room with coins dating back to the 7th century. There are many traditional weapons too. The gift shop was quite good and there was a neat display of gazelles painted by what I believe were local artists. I highly recommend it.

Thank Karen A
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