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Al Ain National Museum
March 14th, 2015

Praising the creations of art, culture and traditional values of Abu Dhabi city, this tour will amplify your thoughts of Emirati culture further more.  The Al Ain National Museum is managed by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and is the ideal spot to get a good idea about the history of the Al Ain region. It is one of the most favorable spots to view both ethnographical masterpieces and archaeological artifacts of UAE’s 7500-year-old heritage. If you are a cultural lover or an archaeological enthusiast, you can find out where is Al Ain National Museum located

This antique museum resembling an Arabian fort is housed in the same complex as the Sultan Bin Zayed Fort which is also known as the Eastern Fort. This wondrous showcase of history is situated in the eastern border of the Al Ain Oasis. The ancient museum was constructed by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Praised as the oldest museum in the United Arab Emirates, its inauguration dates back to 2nd November 1971 by the Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan. As you enter into this historical monument and admire exhibit by exhibit, you will feel yourself being transported to ancient UAE, when oil still wasn’t found and pearl diving was their main source of income. The exhibits are divide into three major sectors; ethnographical, archaeological and souvenirs.

The ethnographical sector showcases the history of UAE before oil was unearthed as the main economical factor. Displays include objects that were used in day to day routines, like educational equipments, household utensils, teaching tools and professional tools used for medical procedures, weaving, fishing and all others. Apart from that, there are numerous attention-grabbing artifacts like ancient forms of musical instruments and art pieces are wonderfully displayed in a knowledgeable manner that will keep you engaged for a long time.

The archaeological sector exhibits objects from the Stone Age to Islamic period, this is no doubt a treasure chest for history lovers. Many items like ancient tools made of stone, flint and fine arrowheads are up for view. This exhibit also contains artifacts from graveyards at Umm an Nar and the Garden of Hili like pottery, copper objects, stone containers and so much more. Most of these artifacts date back to the first millennium BC.

The souvenir sector exhibits a unique compilation of gifts that were given to the late ruler, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan throughout his existence. You will get the chance to feast your eyes on golden daggers, a golden palm tree and silver daggers. Apart from all that, the findings of excavations in and near Al Ain are also displayed in the Al Ain National Museum.

Once you are done with this valuable exhibition, you mind will be buzzing with the richness of UAE’s history and culture.  This is a significant attraction in Al Ain because the gems of history are what pave the way for a blessed future like that of Abu Dhabi.

Opening times

  • Saturday to Thursday: 00 am- 07.30 pm
  • Friday : 00 pm- 07.30 pm


This historical Al Ain Museum is situated on the east side of Al Ain Oasis. It is around 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi International airport or Dubai International airport.


Q1) what kind of exhibits are displayed in the Al Ain National Museum?

The museum displays exhibits ranging from artifacts to wax models of traditional Emiratis doing their daily chores.

Q2) How much is the entrance fee?

The entrance fee is AED 3 per adult and AED 1 for kids under 10 years of age.

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