Bait Al-Baranda, Muscat

3.8
#5 of 16 in Museums in Muscat
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.
Create an itinerary including Bait Al-Baranda
map
Bait Al-Baranda Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
132 reviews
Google
4.1
TripAdvisor
  • 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.
    View original
  • 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.
    View original
Google
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful small museum displaying the rich history!
Places to stay near Bait Al-Baranda

Plan your trip to Muscat

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Bait Al-Baranda by other users

10 days in Muscat BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES September, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in Oman BY A USER FROM SERBIA August, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Oman BY A USER FROM SERBIA August, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Oman BY A USER FROM SERBIA August, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Oman BY A USER FROM SERBIA August, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Oman BY A USER FROM SERBIA August, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Oman BY A USER FROM SERBIA August, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Oman BY A USER FROM SERBIA August, relaxing, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Oman BY A USER FROM SERBIA August, culture, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Oman BY A USER FROM SERBIA August, culture, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 46 days in Oman BY A USER FROM SERBIA August, culture, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Muscat BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans