Bait Al-Baranda
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Krupa C
Bengaluru, India212 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
After checking out the reviews here on Trip Advisor and noting down the timings and days of the week they are open, we had carefully scheduled a visit to Bait Al-Baranda in our Oman itinerary. I was quite excited to see the interior of a traditional Omani residence, and display of the continental shifts, among other things.

It is located very close to the Fish Market and just at the corner where the road runs along the sea. Easy to find. Sadly, upon our visit, the museum appeared shut. Repeated calls also went unanswered. We asked around the neighbourhood, went around the building's backside as well hoping to find the staff entrance open perhaps, but no luck.

It was very disappointing. They should have atleast put out a notice on the main door announcing any changes. So, this review is more for the management than the place itself which from the outside looked exciting - white all over with heavy wooden accents and window shutters and doorways.

As we now had extra hours on our hands, we went to explore the Fish Market instead and then headed to the Corniche.

My visit was in December 2021.
Written 11 December 2022
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ShvRm_Traveller
Goa, India578 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Museum is located near the Muthra Waterfront inside an old house. The museum is not a must see but may be visited if there is time on hand. The museum was inconspicuously located and it took us a while to locate the building. There were hardly any visitors and very few staff.
There is a nominal entry charge which has to be paid for the entrance. The museum showcases the historical and geographical changes which have taken place over the years, in the region of modern Oman. This is done through display of exhibits and photos as well as means of interactive sections.
The museum may appeal to locals and expatriates working in Oman, more than the tourist.
Written 31 July 2020
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Jim H
Stockport, UK86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is in an old house and was just behind our hotel (Naseem). It can be "done" in an hour but is an enjoyable wander through a very oild house with lots of art and history arranged more like a stately home than a modern museum.
On the ground floor is a room with an interactive model showing how the continents have moved over time. Great for kids and grandads to turn the wheel and change geology! You will not be able to miss the world's only Romanian-Omani dinosaur either!
Written 18 February 2020
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shiraziwine
Shiraz, Iran1,549 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This museum i think is not a must see of the city , if you have extra time it would be nice to visit it with a guide to explain you the details
Written 3 January 2020
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AKK
Bengaluru, India482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Amazing museum which gives you a great perspective of the evolution of the world and especially the region. This is one of the place where you can spend hours understanding the development of the world. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 16 October 2019
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saschastreule
Chur, Switzerland612 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Great museum to learn a lot about the history of oman and the landmarks.
It’s no so big but worth to visit for 1 hour.
Written 10 October 2019
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UAEnose
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is a small museum near the main souq in Muttrah so it's a good idea to combine visits to them both.
The museum is housed in an older building which is interesting in itself. If you go round in the recommended order you get a clear picture of the history of the country, beginning with geology through prehistory to the present. Some sections are interactive but targetted more at children than adults. I'm not sure how the audio narratives would work were the museum busy - I was the only visitor on a Thursday morning in September, so I could start the audio at a time convenient for me.
In places the lighting was inadequate (bulbs blown) so I couldn't read the poster panels. I told the guard, but I wasn't sure he understood.
There's a shop, but it was closed when I was there.
This museum is worth a look and offers a peaceful hour or so after the hawkers in the souq.
Written 21 September 2019
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doctor694
Oman75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
This lovely old building, initially the residence of the French consul in Oman, has been turned into a lovely little museum with quite an eclectic collection of exhibits, allowing the visitor to get acquainted with Oman's geology, natural history, important historical events, culture and tradition in a total of one hour's time. Very interesting if you want to learn in a flash as much as you need about this amazing country, before you start exploring it yourself.
However, as I visited this place and took my multiple visitors there, I could notice a decline, and even I got an impression of neglect.
This interesting little museum deserves better maintenance and more publicity, as many expats, even living long in Oman, don't know about it. And I would recommend every newly arrived expat to visit it.
Written 24 January 2019
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AHMED
Muscat, Oman14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Business
Close by the Famous Mattrah Souq. Its a Small Museum where one can get detailed information about the history , culture & people of Oman.. Its a interactive Museum. Videos and Audios play in each section and thus don't require to hire a good for it. Again Worth to Visit ... Utterance Fee Just half a Rial. ( Local Currency)
Written 1 January 2019
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Michael C
London, England, United Kingdom169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
An interesting insight into the 100 million year history of Oman. The building itself, steps away from the harbour, has its own interesting history - much of it neglect! Inside interactive and passive exhibits detailing 100 million years of Oman history (they had dinosaurs).

But I agree with others, it could use some improved lighting in places - everything is in both Arabic & English but not all readable in the gloom.

Good value for the admission price.
Written 27 December 2018
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