Dubai Museum

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai Museum Reviews

AzecR AzecR
6 reviews
Dubai Musuem - An exotic and terrific display of Dubai's history Sep 10, 2016
If you are stopping over at Dubai for a day or two, visiting the Dubai Museum should be in your to-do list even for the not-so hardcore traveller. I only heard about this Museum once I went to my hotel and by browsing through leaflets and brochures. Ticket entrance prices are very cheap and there are English-speaking staffs to help you. Getting to the museum is relatively easy as it is also very near to the Dubai International Airport with 10-15 min drive by car/taxi. If you are staying in the Old quarter District, this place is easily accessible as it is within walking distance. Nearest train station is Al Fahidi Metro Train-station. Be sure to wear light clothings as it can get hot while touring the exterior exhibits in the morning or afternoon due to the sunny weather. Some of the exhibit rooms are equipped with air-condition and there are fans also. There are also souvenir shops inside where you can purchase gifts and antique collections as well as post-cards and pictures. They are affordable to expensive. A Drinks-dispensing machine is available towards the underground exhibit exit for refreshments. Now, it is time to review about the Dubai Museum. Situated in the Old Quarter of Dubai at the Arabic Courtyard, the Museum captures the vivid display of Dubai's past encompassing its rise of civilization, economy and culture to the current present moment. The exterior of the Museum is built with stone bricks to represent a Fortress. Once inside,the interior represents the core lifestyle of medieval Dubai with sights of wells, medieval desert huts and traditional Dhow boat. The walkways then lead to several exhibit rooms you can view. Panels displaying ornaments and antique items of the past were very interesting and gave a general insight of the rich history Dubai possesses. Pots, jugs and beautifully designed ancient swords as well as musical instruments captured the traditional culture of the olden days of Dubai. The ambience and architecture of the place is noteworthy. But the real highlight of the Museum lies in the underground segment where the surprise awaits! The underground exhibit is an astounding display of Dubai's culture with the place recreated accurately to evoke the medieval alleyways of a traditional village, desert with real sands, and statues displaying the various occupations and lifestyle such as Merchants, Doctors and Cobblers led by the people in the past. The colourful array of costumes, lamps and camel display were engrossing and captivating. The Middle-eastern ambience and exotic atmosphere will make you feel cosy and warm. Furthermore, you feel that you are travelling back in time to Medieval Dubai and discover the enduring times that are now warm shades of the past. Overall, visiting the Museum is an experience to take back home and is enriching. Though Dubai is a modern city, its beautiful past always lingers and glitters in the sands. This is an experience not to be missed!
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TravelBug24 TravelBu…
30 reviews
A Sweet Surprise Jan 07, 2011
Walking along the Meena Bazaar I saw a sign for the Dubai Museum.. It looked like a small little display in the middle of a street. I decided to check it out as there were a lot of people crowded around it. Surprisingly, it was a lot more than it appeared to be from the outside. It filled with unending displays about how Dubai came to be. A gorgeous ship up top on the roof. Beautiful interactive displays inside portraying desert life at night, the shipping culture of the Gulf, Islamic schools, and the Dubai markets.

The museum is housed in what was once the lively Fahidi Fort which is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in Dubai. It was used to house Dubai's government officials until it was renovated in 1970 to become the Dubai Museum.

At a price of AED 3, it is a great place ti visit and spend a few hours!
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guyfromdubai guyfromd…
3 reviews
A journy through History Jul 17, 2011
highly recomended ... Located in Bur Dubai District of Dubai , in one of the oldest building of Dubai, Al Fahidi Fort. it was opened in early 70's , ticket price is 3 Dhs, which is less a one USD, open from 8:30 am till 8:30 pm except friday when it opens at 2:30 pm. once you go inside .. dont forget to check out the New Gallery, you will feel that you are in mid 50's in dubai ... its allowed to have fotos and videos inside. there is a nice souviner shop also in meueum.
pilgrim68 pilgrim68
61 reviews
Dubai Museum Jun 17, 2011
Housed in the oldest building left in Dubai.Dubai Museum is a must see for everyone who comes to Dubai. This is a lively interactive museum with working models and lifesize displays portraying various aspects of Dubai life: a bustling market, an Islamic school, the desert at night and sealife in the Gulf.

Established in 1970, the museum is housed in the imposing 19th century Al Fahidi fort. The Al Fahidi Fort, was built around 1799, and once guarded the landward approaches to the town. Thought to be the city’s oldest building, the fort was both the residence of Dubai’s rulers and the seat of government until it was retired as a museum in 1971. It was renovated in 1970 for use as a museum; further restoration and the addition of galleries was completed in 1995 Dubai.
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andmar andmar
58 reviews
Dubai museum Apr 10, 2010
If you want to see the history of dubai then you must go there. It is very cheap to enter and i found it very informative abotu the history of dubai. I do recomend it.
Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
156 reviews
A surprise around every corner in this museum Feb 01, 2009
I really enjoyed this museum, hidden beneath Al Fahidi Fort in Bur Dubai. The museum is in the old quarter and upon entering (AED 3/adult) I had expected it to just be the old fort along with cannons and historical artefacts. It was - but also so much more, with a gallery going deep underneath the fort, with diaramas and movies showing different aspects of the history of Dubai, the Bedouins, the land and ecology of the region, diving for pearls in the Emerites, archeology and anything else you could be interested in.
ashleynpearson ashleynp…
50 reviews
Dubai Museum May 02, 2008
I wasn't actually expecting this to be a proper museum because from the outside it just looks like an old fort, but it was quite nice inside. It is a good place to go to learn about the history of Dubai if you are into that sort of thing. It was interesting to learn about the history of Dubai and why it was settled there and also to learn about the Bedouin culture and how they lived in the past. It cost 3 Dhs (>$1 USD) so you wouldn't really be wasting your money regardless! There are all kinds of displays, artifacts, and movies but the BEST part of it was that is was air conditioned! It makes a nice escape from the heat and sun in the middle of the day! The museum also had a person to give henna tattoos but I never saw the price. It was in walking distance to the creek and a one of the large souks in Bur Dubai.
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vances says:
Did you see the shields made from shark skin? I was really floored by those!
Posted on: Jun 25, 2008
AvelinoL AvelinoL
75 reviews
Real Dubai Aug 25, 2007
I think that the real Dubai is now confined to a small quarter, but housing a sample of everything - small souks, a museum, a mosque, a traditional house, handicrafts, actually, an island in the forest of cranes and skyscrapers.

I enjoyed very much the brief visit of the old city - smart recovering, unusual cleanliness, but the real image of what was Dubai before the petrodollars explosion.

The quarter around the museum must be visited out of peak season, to allow a little walking in the streets.

The museum's collection is poor, the best staying outside (beginning with the building itself - the fort Al Fahidi).

To give life and expression to the place some displays where focused in people's life, instead of people's belongings or art creation.

In a dimmed light, some of the real scale creations do have expression, and the final result is positive.

In the museum's courtyard stand some of the most interesting pieces in display.

The typical house is one of them: made in wood, its rustic conception and execution doesn’t spare the clever solution to drive the wind inside, as the cheaper and most effective way to cool the house.

One of the landmarks of Arab culture in Portugal is the “nora”, a very ingenious device to pull water from the wells, using an animal.

I thought that the device standing in the museum’s yard was something alike, but it doesn’t: it is hands driven, more primitive or maybe, more suitable to elevate water from deeper wells.

In the summer extreme heat, the museum's freshness is a relief.

However, I think that women may need some precautions - when exiting the museum, we had to laugh when Marilyn Monroe came to my mind. Browse the pictures and guess why!
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BASAIC says:
A great scene in a classic movie. . .
Posted on: Mar 24, 2017
AdamR3723 says:
What little of 'old Dubai' (on the Creek) that we saw, we liked.
Posted on: Mar 22, 2017

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