When my guests from Riyadh Saudi Arabia came to Oman and stayed for 4 days during the Eid Holiday, I already have in my mind to which places I will tour them around. To appreciate the rich culture and tradition of this beautiful country, I brought them to Bait Al Zubair, an original residence of Zubair family in 1914 but turned into a museum in 1998.
Bait Al Zubair (House of Zubair) is situated in Old Muscat. The family amassed these wonderful collections and most of which are relating to Oman culture, customs and craftsmanship as well as the important information retelling country’s great development through the years. The museum is privately owned and operated by the family and became the first recipient of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ “Award for Architectural Excellence”.
The museum complex is consists over three separate buildings – Bait Al Bagh, Bait Bait Dalaleel, and Bait Al Oud (grand house). There is also a garden featuring barasti (palm frond) hut, a falaj (ancient waterways), miniature model of Omani-style villages with stone houses, a souq area, and a boat display.
There is a pay to get access in the area – adults will pay 4 rials for three buildings and garden; or 2 rials for Bait Al Bagh (only) and garden while children under 10 years old is free.
We begin our exploration in Bait Al Bagh (Garden House) built by Sheikh Al Zubair bin Ali, who served three former Sultans as minister and advisor. This building was once a gathering place for elite but was rebuilt to turn into a museum. The exhibits on the ground floor are pretty interesting which are spread into four galleries that show excellent examples of khanjar (Omani dagger), male and female attire, traditional weaponry, antique jewellery and household items such as coffee pots to kohl holders.
We head into the garden and take a lot of photos.
Then, we take a quick peek in Zaffara coffee shop that has also a gallery inside. The place has a relaxing atmosphere where you can have a coffee and snack while at the same discover what is inside a typical elite Omani House in the past.
For me this is an interesting excursion which my guests also appreciate the most.
Saturday – Thursday 9:30AM to 6:00PM
Special Timings apply during special holidays and Holy Ramadhan