Bait Al-Baranda, Muscat

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Contextualizing Muscat's recent cultural history, Bait Al-Baranda details the capital's heritage all the way back to its prehistoric beginnings. A series of interactive exhibits set in a renovated 1930s residence, the museum houses a diverse collection of displays, dating back as far as 750 million years in the dinosaur fossil collection. Uncover the historical periods, cultural legacies, and geographical diversity of the region, with exhibits including the folk arts of Muscat, the history of the frankincense trade, and the earliest human settlement. Head downstairs to see the ever-changing exhibition space. For Bait Al-Baranda and beyond, use our Muscat road trip planning website to get the most from your Muscat vacation.
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  • This beautifully restored House has a good exhibition for children, it was a little disappointing for me
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  • in a beautiful building, tells the geological formation of Oman and its development during colonial enterprises a few years ago could be interesting, now looks dated, some Panel does not work and is outclassed by new National Museum
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  • It was a great experience, the place is well maintained, clean and the people are wonderful, they have a simulator that shows how was the continents million of years back, and how would they look in m...  more »
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  • This is one of the historical and cultural sites in Muscat, known also as the House of Naseeb. He was the merchant Naseeb Bin Mohammed who built the house in the late nineteenth century. “Al Barandah” is the local pronunciation of the foreign word “veranda”, which means “balcony”. The House was named after the balcony that extends along the length of the façade on the first floor. The museum recounts the history of Muscat since its geological formation to the present day, using interactive technology that displays pictures of tectonic plate movement over the past 750 million years until today, showing the activity that formed the continents in the past and how they will change over the next 250 million years. The museum also includes documentation of the Sultanate of Oman’s history since its inception to the present day.
  • Went here for a school trip very nice!
  • We went this place... This place is just amazing.. 😀😀😀
  • A very old museum that was rebuilt lately. It's small but it's a good place to know a bit of history.
  • It's a nice, small museum. Plenty of displays, videos & interactive displays. A bit dated but good to get the history of Oman & Muscat.

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As the capital city, Muscat has a a good range of accommodations to suit the needs and wants of those who arrive in the sultanate. The city center stands out as the best place to look, whether you want something luxurious or budget-conscious, with most of the options located between the scenic waterfront and 23rd July Street. In particularly prominent spots sit a number of luxury options, with extra facilities galore and great access to the city's malls and attractions. Side streets house a decent number of guesthouses, with those positioned further from the center representing the real budget-friendly options in Muscat.
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