Best Museums in UAE
There’s always a misconception about the UAE having a lack of history and culture and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Although the country itself was formed in 1971 and 1972, the UAE has built up a rich history in this time and the historic land of the emirates has had a long and colourful history.
The United Arab Emirates has lots of amazing museums and here are our pick of the top 4 museums in the UAE. If you’re looking for a culturally enriching holiday, book your cheap hotel in Dubai now and start thinking about visiting some or all of these museums.
Originally known as Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum is located in Bur Dubai and was built over 200 years ago as the defensive fort of the ruling monarch.
The Dubai Museum tells the story of Dubai as a single emirate and as the country on the whole, it shows how Dubai has changed over the years and how the integration into the federation of the United Arab Emirates changed how they operated.
Opened in 1971, the year the federation was formed, Dubai Museum offers a rich, full and integral knowledge into the very, very long history of Dubai.
The Dubai Museum is open 8:30AM until 8:30PM Sunday to Thursday and 2:30PM until 8:30PM on Friday.
The Dubai Museum costs 3 AED (62p) per person and 1 AED (21p) for any children under the age of 6.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
Located in Al Shindaga, the old part of Dubai, this former house of the current reigning monarchy, the Al Maktoum family, is now a heritage site in Dubai. Here at Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House you can explore the premises, view some traditional Arabian furniture and architecture, historical documents and photographs, jewels, stamps, coins and the rich Al Maktoum family history.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is open 8:00AM until 8:30PM Sunday to Thursday and 3:00PM until 9:00PM on Friday.
Sheik Saeed Al Maktoum House costs 3 AED (62p) per person and 1 AED (21p) for any children under the age of 6.
Sharjah Natural History Museum
Sharjah is the culture and art hub of the UAE and is more traditional than the other emirates. You can go through the Natural History Museum at Sharjah and learn about the flora and fauna of the Arabian Desert in a relaxing and fun adventure.
Sharjah Natural History Museum is open every day except Monday. The opening times Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday are 9:00AM until 5:30PM, Thursdays 11:00AM until 5:30PM and Fridays 2:00PM until 5:30PM.
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation
The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation is located in the heart of Sharjah on the Majarrah Waterfront and offers extensive collections of Islamic Artefacts. At Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation you can learn about Islamic faith, discoveries and culture.
In the Museum are several sections such as the Gallery of Islamic Faith, Gallery of Science and Technology, four Islamic Art Galleries, an Islamic Coin Display and a temporary exhibit gallery.
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation is open Saturday until Thursday 8:00AM until 8:00PM and then 4:00PM until 8:00PM on Friday.
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation costs 10 AED (£2.06) per person over 13 years old, 5 AED (£1.03) per 2-12 year old and free access to children under 2 years of age.