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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  • We visited on a ships cruise trip and drove up into the hills to find this beautiful building. It is stunningly beautiful and on entering find items depicting the very old bedouin life. Stands holding...  more »
  • This museum is housed in a beautiful building and offers an overview of the history and living habits in Oman. Shooting inside the museum is prohibited.
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  • The small charming Museum is located in the District of muttrah, close to the souks. It takes its name Baranda balconies stretching along the façade. The small museum tells Muscat's development of its geological formation to the present day.
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  • Small but worth visiting museum, walking distance from the sea (not beach). Also traditional souq is 10mins walk away.
  • Small but beautiful and well maintained Museum. Emphasisis on the timeline of rich history of Sultanate of Oman.
  • A recommended place to visit while in Muscat. In 40 minutes you get the gist of this beautiful city dating back from the dinosaur period.
  • A place NOT TO BE MISSED during a visit to muscat. Actually, I visited this place twice, because I didnt have enough of it from the first time. An old Omani house converted into a museum for local culture and omani history. The interior is an architectural masterpiece especially the woodwork, spaces and light. Some of the rooms has been converted into media tools to explain the geological formation of Omaan as well as history timeline.
  • Haven't come inside since that day of touring belonged to Bait Al Zubair. The outside looks promising. Very native. I like it.
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