6 Sensational Dubai Museums to Visit in Dubai, UAE
When Dubai is mentioned, generally what pops to mind are flashy malls and golden Lamborghinis? However, not all travel enthusiasts or local folk are interested in such lavishly dipped luxuries. If such high fly activities don’t interest you much while being in Dubai, rather opt to be transported back in time to the origins of this gorgeous city by exploring its age old museums which we will introduce to you with some factual details.
Browse our Dubai Museum guide to learn some glorious yet unwrapped and resplendent facts of Dubai. Whether you are an avid traveller or a resident craving for a bit of culture and reality, you would love these historical attractions.
Shaikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
For anyone who wants to know the interesting history of Dubai, Shaikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is a must see. Built in the late 80’s (1896), this museum was home to late Dubai ruler Shaikh Saeed Al Maktoum until 1958. In 1986 after twenty eight years, the house was restored and turned into a museum. The eye-bubbling structure is built around a grand courtyard with rooms and wind towers surrounding it. Today, one can see several paintings, rare photographs and other objects reflecting the early development of Dubai.
Metro Directions: Take the Green Line to Al Ghubaiba metro station and walk down to Al Shindagha Road. Cost AED3 for Adults; AED1 for children.
Timings: Saturday to Thursday 8.30am – 9pm; Friday 3pm – 8.30pm Phone 8004003
Dubai Museum was opened in 1971 in Dubai. It aims to show the customary Bedouin way of life. Placed within the Al Fahidi Fort, which was built in 1787, Dubai Museum houses full-scale dioramas of the pre-oil era, numerous galleries with old maps and chronological findings which are as old as 3000 BC. There is also a video room that features Dubai Development from the discovery of oil to the present day.
Metro Directions: Board the Green Line and get off at Al Fahidi Metro station. Walk down to the Grand Mosque on Al Fahidi Street and you will find the museum right opposite it. Cost AED3 for Adults; AED1 for children
Timings: Saturday to Thursday 8.30am – 8.30pm; Friday 2.30pm – 8.30pm Phone 8004003
Al Oqaili Museum
Built earlier in 1923, Al Oqaili Museum was the house of Emirati poet Mubarak Al Oqaili. It’s built up on two stories, the ground floor consisting of the information on his real life, poems and manuscripts while the second floor depicts his cultural and social life.
Metro Directions: Get on the Green Line and hop off at Al Ras metro station. Walk down Bani Yas road to the Spice Souq and its right beside it. The cost is free
Timings: Sunday to Thursday 8am – 2pm Phone 04 2342385
Dubai Police Museum
As the name suggests, the museum highlights the achievements of Dubai Police Force from its inception in 1956. Though, there is a bit of paperwork required to enter the museum, it is worth the visit. Opened in 1987, there are various photographs in the museum documenting the years of Dubai Police.
Metro Directions: Board on the Red Line and Board off at the Stadium Plaza station next to Al Mulla Plaza. The cost is free
Timings Daily: except weekends and official holidays 9.30am – 1.30pm Phone 04 2692222 Extension 3293
Museum of Traditional Architecture
The Museum of Traditional Architecture, positioned in the Shidagha area next to the house of Shaikh Saeed Al Maktoum, is a former residence of Shaikh Juma Bin Maktoum which was built in 1927. It has a multitude of historic and arty characteristics.
Metro Directions: Get onto the Green Line and get off at Al Ghubaiba metro station. It’s on Al Shindagha Road. The cost is free
Timings: Sunday to Thursday 8am – 2pm Phone 04 3920093
Dubai Municipality Museum
Dubai Municipality Museum exhibits the amazing development of the civic body since it was made an independent body. The museum was built in 1957 with two floors where the ground floor would serve as the commercial stores, the upper floor was added to serve as the dormitory for traders. Before moving to their new building on Al Maktoum road in 1964, Dubai Municipality moved into the building and made it their headquarters.
Metro Directions: Hop on the Green Line and hop off at Al Ras metro station. Get to Bani Yas road and it’s just next to the Spice Souq. The cost is free
Timings: Sunday to Thursday 8am – 2pm Phone 04 2253312
Some other famous museums include- Al Bastakiya, Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House, Coin Museum, Dubai Heritage & Diving Village, Car Museum- The Emirates National Auto Museum, Juma Al Majid Heritage & Cultural Centre and more…