Al Ain National Museum Tourist Attraction

Al Ain National Museum

Al Ain National Museum is the oldest Museum in the UAE. It is dedicated to the history and culture of Al Ain and is a part of the architectural complex of the Sultan ibn Zayd Fortress, which was built in 1910. The Museum tells visitors about the most interesting artifacts found in the city and across the country.

Al Ain National Museum is divided into 3 parts: ethnographic, archaeological and gift. Thus, Museum visitors can recreate a complete picture of the traditions and culture of residents.

The ethnographic section of the Museum represents the pre-oil history of the country life, many aspects of which are lost now. The collection has many black-and-white photos of the 60-ies of XX century. Installation series illustrate scenes from the daily life of the local population, examples of teaching methods of children, household utensils, looms, medical devices and jewelry. This exhibition also represents many agricultural tools. Fishing and pearl fishing, the traditional occupations of the inhabitants of these places for thousands of years, are also widely reflected in this part of the Museum.

The archaeological section of the Museum represents the objects of the excavations from the stone age to the end of the pre-Islamic period. The most ancient exhibits date back to the period of 7500 years ago. Funerary artifacts such as pottery, stone vessels and objects made of copper were discovered in collective graves. Ancient settlements and burial places enlarged the Museum collection with beautiful specimens of bronze bracelets.

Two galleries of the Museum exhibit the collections of Islamic art, metal objects, clay, ceramic and glass items, golden swords, silver daggers, gold plated ships, guns and many photos dedicated to the period of the discovery of oil in the country.

Open hours

Closed on Mondays
II - IV & VI - VII: 08:00 - 19:30;
V: 15:00 - 19:30


Museum in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates · Al Mutawaa
Phone: (+971) 3 711 8331
24° 12′ 58″ N, 55° 46′ 26″ E

Ticket price

Regular price: AED 3
Children price: AED 1 (under 10years)

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