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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