I am not much into museums but once in a while, I don’t mind diving into history and that’s when I plan a visit to a museum. But I must say, Dubai Museum located in Al Fahidi Fort (built in 1787), Bur Dubai, impressed me in an unexpected way with its extraordinary recreation of how people, shops, animals in old Dubai times.
As we know that Dubai and history don’t go hand in hand as Dubai is a relatively new city which definitely does not inherit a rich history which countries like United Kingdom or France or India do. But still Dubai museum offers a good knowledge about the older times in Dubai.
It covers the archaeology and does a fantastic job at that, showcasing a still life, yet speaking a language telling stories of how life was in those days.
On entering the museum, a spiral staircase leads to the first gallery where old maps of Dubai are displayed. Next is the video room, showing a video, that depicts Dubai from before the discovery of oil in the 1960s to the current day.
Moving ahead we see the model shops filled with craftsmen, vendors and buyers. A tailor, a carpenter, an iron smith, a textile vendor and others line the street. The whole recreation along with the sound effects make you go into that era.
There is a model mosque too. There is also a fascinating display of archaeological finds from different locations in Dubai.
But for me the main attraction was the Dhow (the traditional boat) in the middle of a large courtyard that covers the underground galleries. It makes a perfect spot for some great pictures.
The people have disappeared but the stories remain. Decades from now, even the world we inhabit today would find its glimpses in history and the generations then would be wondering, thinking about it. Strange but beautiful how museums keep decades, miles and generations connected. Dubai Museum is surely one amazing peek into its past face and can make for that lovely afternoon well-spent learning something about Dubai’s past glory.
Since the Dubai Museum does a good job at showcasing whatever little history, Dubai has , I would like to give it 4 stars out of five.
Here are some useful details:
Address : Opposite Grand Mosque – Al Fahidi St – Dubai
Phone : 04 353 1862
Entry fee: AED 3 per person (Adult)
Hours : Saturday to Thursday 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
Friday 2 pm to 7:30 pm