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A Mosaic of Museums

A Mosaic of Museums

The UAE is home to many vibrant museums that offer a diverse array of subjects for visitors to explore. In this guide, we point you towards the most noteworthy ones that you should consider adding to your culture itinerary.


Dubai Museum
Housed in a fort dating back to 1787, this museum offers an opportunity to get acquainted with the history of Dubai through a series of dioramas and archaeological exhibits from regional excavations. It also contains a collection of old weapons and arms from different historical periods along with a model of the city in 1820.

Dubai Moving Image Museum
Dubai Moving Image Museum showcases the progress of visual entertainment, from its inception to the birth of modern-day cinema. It is one of only a handful of museums in the world focusing on the history of the moving image.

The Women’s Museum
Here, visitors can learn about the lifestyle and philosophy of Emirati women through history. The first floor is dedicated to works by female Emirati artists, while the Diwan Ousha Bint Khalifa space celebrates the life and work of the acclaimed Emirati poet Ousha Bint Khalifa.

Etihad Museum
Etihad Museum is a unique museum dedicated to exhibiting the holistic story of the nation’s development, from pre-union and throughout the full time span of unity. The location of the museum has a historical context, located adjacent to Union House, where the signing of the 1971 agreement between the Trucial States forming the United Arab Emirates took place.

Coffee Museum
Located in Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical District, the Coffee Museum highlights the importance of coffee to different cultures and countries down the centuries. It is a place where you can learn about the origins of coffee, examine centuries-old apparatus and sample a wide range of world coffee varieties.

Coins Museum
Located in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, this museum offers visitors the chance to discover more than 470 rare coins dating back to different historical eras, from the Arab-Sasanian Dirhams to coins minted in North Africa and Andalusia.

Salsali Private Museum
Founded by Iranian art collector Ramin Salsali, Salsali Private Museum is the first Private Museum for contemporary art in the region in which Salsali’s collection of over 900 pieces of painting, photography, video art, sculpture and installation is showcased.

Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi
Born of an agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab world. It houses art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance. Spanning millennia, the items on display originate from societies and cultures all over the world, but universal themes and common influences are highlighted to illustrate similarities arising from shared human experience, transcending geography, nationality and history.

Al Ain National Museum
Standing next to the Eastern Fort in Al Ain, the National Museum compiles relics and archaeological finds that were dug up in Abu Dhabi. The museum consists of two main sections: the Ethnographic Section, illustrating the life of the local people in the pre-oil era, and the Archaeological Section, which exhibits the antiquities of the country's ancient history, from the Stone Age through to the Islamic Ages.

Al Ain Palace Museum
Al Ain Palace Museum is one of the most important cultural attractions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The musuem was once the home of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the 'Father of the Nation' and the first president of the UAE. The family rooms and administration facilities are kept in their the original order, providing great insights into everyday life in the palace during that time. Built in 1937 and then renovated in 1998, the building finally became a museum in 2001.

Emirates National Auto Museum
This museum houses the amazing private automobile collection of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. The collection includes a vast number of unique cars and other vehicles. While some vehicles in the collection have been kept in their original form, others have been modified as pieces of art.


Sharjah Art Museum
Sharjah Art Museum houses a permanent art collection donated by H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The collection is composed of paintings and sculptures by some of the most famous artists in the Middle East, who have left an important mark in the local and Arab art world. The museum also features The Art Library, which consists of over 4000 titles in Arabic, English and other languages, along with visual and audio materials.

Sharjah Classic Cars Museum
This one-of-a-kind museum is the perfect destination for classic cars enthusiasts. The museum is divided into five sections each representing a historical stage of development in the automotive industry. All the cars on display are vintage classics of different brands dating back to the 20th century. A 1915 Dodge is the oldest car in Museum. It sits next to other showcases unique models spanning over Rolls Royce, Ford, Mercedes, Chevrolet, Bentley and many others.

Sharjah Archaeology Museum
This museum contains all the archaeological artifacts that have been found in Sharjah since the beginning of the excavations in 1973 up until now. Visitors get the chance to learn about the civilizations that developed in the region since the Stone Age up until today through the artifacts, currencies, jewelry, pottery and ancient weapons on showcase.

Sharjah Maritime Museum
This museum sheds lights on marine life which formed a major part of Sharjah's heritage. Here, you can learn Sharjah’s most interesting marine stories and explore traditional wooden seafaring dhows used for fishing, trading and pearling, each designed for their use.


Museum of the Future
Scheduled to open in Dubai in December 2018, the Museum of the Future will become a unique incubator of futuristic innovations and designs. It is intended to offer a platform to demonstrate and test the latest inventions and prototypes from up and coming start-ups and the world’s technology giants.

Zayed National Museum
Set to be the national museum of the UAE, this museum will tell the story of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, his unification of the United Arab Emirates, the history of the region and its cultural connections across the world. The museum will be situated at Saadiyat Cultural District on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be a preeminent platform for global contemporary art and culture that will present the most important artistic achievements of our time. Through its permanent collection, exhibitions, scholarly publications and educational programmes, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will promote a truly transnational perspective on art history.

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