Bait Al Bagh

Bait Al Bagh is the main museum building that was originally founded as a family home in 1914 by Sheikh Al Zubair bin Ali, who served three former Sultans as a minister and advisor. It was a gathering place for the elite, while today it is rebuilt to suit its function as a museum, though still reflecting traditional elements of Oman’s architectural heritage and the original house. Exhibits include information regarding the Al Busaidi dynasty; with portraits of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said and various other Sultans. There are also six galleries on the ground floor that exhibit excellent examples of khanjar (Omani dagger), male and female attire, traditional swords and firearms, antique jewellery and household articles, musical instruments & a wedding display. On the first floor the stamp collection of Mohammed Al Jamali is exhibited along with a historic collection of coins and a unique collection of manuscripts dating from the 16th century.

A research library is available by appointment. The garden features a barasti (palm frond) hut, a falaj (ancient water distribution system), a souq area, a boat display and a mini Omani village.