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Oman Across Ages Museum: A journey through the past, a celebration of the present


Muscat: His Majesty the Sultan Haitham bin Tarik will patronize the official opening of the Oman Across Ages Museum in the Wilayat of Manah on Monday.

His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik also issued Royal Decree 15/2023 stipulating the establishment of the Oman Across Ages Museum and defining its functions.

The Royal Decree stipulates that the museum will be headquartered in the Wilayat of Manah in the Governorate of A’Dakhiliyah.

The museum is the largest of its kind in the region, offering visitors an interactive experience of the cultural and geographic diversity of the Sultanate and the building includes galleries, a library, an auditorium, cafés, and social and research spaces.

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The permanent exhibition space alone is 9,000 sqm and some galleries stretch more than 20 meters high.

The museum takes one on a vast, sweeping journey through time. Starting with the first settlers of prehistory and ending in modern-day Oman, you fly through different ages, dynasties, and civilizations.

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The Renaissance Gallery marks the culmination of this long national story. It follows the country’s remarkable economic, technological, political, and social modernization under the Late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

The museum seeks to introduce the various historical eras witnessed by the Sultanate such as the geology of the earth and its first inhabitants, up to the era of the blessed Renaissance and the various achievements in it in various sectors, in addition to looking forward to the future in line with the aspirations of the Sultanate of Oman.

It will have an interactive audio-visual narration using the latest technologies in this field with the aim of creating an enjoyable, educational museum experience for various visitors.

Importantly, the museum sits at a crossroads through time – it is a journey through Oman's past, a celebration of its present, and an insight into its future.

It is noteworthy that the museum was built under the royal orders of the Late HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said who laid the foundation stone for the project on July 14, 2015.

It may be noted that last year the Royal Court Affairs (RCA) launched a competition to design a logo for the Oman Across Ages Museum.

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A statement from RCA said that the logo must be based on the ancient history of the Sultanate of Oman till the Blessed Renaissance, achievements witnessed during the Blessed Renaissance, also the nature and geographical diversity of the country.

The logo must be innovative and not borrowed from other logos or designs of any party, whether local or regional, or international. The participant bears legal responsibility for intellectual property rights.

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