National Museum all set to open doors

21 Jul 2016
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

The residents of Oman will enjoy a first-hand look at the history of the nation, with news that the National Museum will soon open its doors to the public.

Jamal bin Hassan al Moussawi, the acting director general of the National Museum, is expected to hold a press conference on July 26 to announce details of the opening.

Details of the entry fee will also be disclosed soon.

The press conference will also give an overview of the future plans slated for the highly anticipated museum.

The National Museum hopes to attract more than 150,000 residents and tourists every year.

The museum has 15 exhibits, beginning from prehistoric times, as well as Islam, the country’s world-renowned aflaj system, historic forts and its currency.

Guides will also be on hand to help visitors, and will speak Arabic, English, German and French.

The museum features a stunning array of 7,000 artifacts obtained from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, and has a total area of 13,700 square metres. The exhibits will be housed in a Land and People Hall, Maritime History Hall, Aflaj Hall, Currency Hall, Prehistoric Hall, the Hall of Oman and the Outside World.

The National Museum will also offer the first UHD cinema hall in the Sultanate, which will screen a number of short movies about Oman.

The National Museum was officially opened in mid-December, 2015 to coincide with the Sultanate’s celebrations for its historic 45th National Day.

However, the museum’s public opening had been delayed due to technical reasons.

The National Museum was established as per Royal Decree No (62/2013), which was issued on November 20, 2013, to be a significant project tasked with maintaining the holdings of Omani heritage and material and non-material collectables representing the history, culture and arts of the Sultanate.

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