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The Museum

Bait Al Zubair is a heritage and cultural centre that opened its carved wooden doors to the public in 1998. It is funded by its founders, the Zubair family. The centre displays the family’s collection of Omani artefacts, which is considered to be the finest that is privately owned. With its growing collection, Bait al Zubair now houses one of the largest heritage and permanent art collections in the country and serves as a real window on Oman’s rich heritage and culture. Since it opened the museum has expanded into a cultural complex that continues to evolve and is internationally recognized by museums and art galleries who work as our partners to deliver temporary exhibitions or use us as a learning and research resource on Omani heritage.

Bait Al Zubair is proud to exhibit two magnificent old canons presented by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to the museum on the occasion of its opening. The museum is one of country’s architectural icons and in 1999 was the proud recipient of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ Award for Architectural Excellence, the first time it was awarded in Oman.

The complex now consists of six separate buildings, as well as a garden with a miniature Omani village, an aflaj system and a selection of indigenous plants and trees which make the complex a calm and beautiful place to visit. The buildings themselves are as much the collection as are the thousands of items on display.