Wandering around Bait Al Zubair in Old Muscat

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.

The direction to the musuem

The entrance to the museum

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”.

artistically designed Arabian Oryx

Another oryx with green, red, and white color the national colors of Oman

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.

The Bait Al Bagh

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.

The Museum fees

The interior of the museum is divided into four galleries.

Display of pictures showcasing Oman’s craftsmanship

The hallway of the photo galleries

Silver Necklaces

al Hirz: a traditional Omani necklace made to hold the Quran or specially selected verses.

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.

Traditional Dresses for Men

Traditional Dresses for Girls

Traditional Omani Dresses for Ladies

Traditional Firearms

The Omani Khanjar – A Khanjar is a traditional Oman weaponry that have scabbards made of leather, decorate with silver and gold embroidered ribbon, and are used to be from Sharkiah region with hilts made from costly giraffe skin. It can be dated back to 19th Century.

We head into the garden and take a lot of photos.

a little waterfall leading to a falaj in the gardens

A concrete sink with a display Omani Jar

A deep well

Model of an Omani village in an ancient times

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.

The interior of the coffee shop

Comfortable chairs

A traditional Bed – one of the displays in the coffee shop

For me this is an interesting excursion which my guests also appreciate the most.

Museum Timings: 
Saturday – Thursday 9:30AM to 6:00PM
Special Timings apply during special holidays and Holy Ramadhan

For inquiries:
Tel:  (0968) 24736688
Fax:  (0968) 2474 0913
Email: info@baitzubairmuseum.com
Website: www.baitalzubairmuseum.com

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