Ministry marks International Day of Museums

NIZWA, MAY 1 – The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, celebrated the International Day for Museums that falls on May 18 every year. The ministry launched activities through specialised lectures and an exhibition of the museum’s holdings entitled ‘Outside the Glass Museum’ and concludes on May 14 at Nizwa Cultural Centre. The opening was under the auspices of Shaikh Hamad bin Salim al Aghbari, Wali of Nizwa. Members of Majlis Ash’shura and representatives of the Municipal Council of Al Dakhiliyah Governorate, general directorates in the governorate, representatives of universities and colleges in Nizwa, students, citizens and residents attended the ceremony.
The celebration started with a speech by Rahma bint Qasim al Farsi, Director-General of the General Directorate of Museums.
She said: “The celebration aims to raise awareness among the members of society about the role of museums in the development of society, and that museums are an important method for cultural exchange and development of understanding and cooperation among countries.”
‘The ministry continues its policy and programmes to promote a new museum system in the Sultanate to keep pace with modern development. The ministry is working to establish a variety of museums, including the Omani Maritime History Museum project which will be established in Sur and some museums are being planned for renovation and development. We are also announcing the completion of a museum in Mad’ha in Musandam, which will be inaugurated by the ministry on Wednesday,” Rahma added.
In a move to bring the public closer to the Natural History Museum, a three-dimensional design of the museum (Virtual Reality) and the whale hall was inaugurated.
Azza al Jabri, Director of the Natural History Museum, explained this design, explaining that it serves the promotional and marketing aspect of the museum locally and abroad.
She said that the Natural History Museum is the first local museum to design the museum’s three-dimensional display.
The patron opened the Virtual Museum exhibition of the Natural History Museum entitled “Outside the Glass Museum” and toured to identify its diverse exhibits that reveal the diversity of the elevations in the environment of the Sultanate. The most important of which were mummified animals such as the Arab tiger, which is located in the Samhan Mountains and the Arabian Ghazal located in different parts of the Sultanate. Bones of a dinosaur found during one of the archaeological discoveries in the Sultanate and a selection of fossils and skeletons of marine animals such as dolphins, and a diverse mix of reptiles and insects present in the Sultanate.
The Children Museum also participated along with the Omani French Museum with paintings containing explanatory information about the Omani-French relations, affirming the deep historical relations between the two friendly countries since the early 18th century.