Muscat: The Sultanate of Oman will mark the 2023 International Museum Day on Thursday under the theme 'Museums, Sustainability, and Well-being.' Museums are vital contributors to the well-being and to the sustainable development of our communities.
There are many ways in which museums can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: from supporting climate action and fostering inclusivity. The International Museum Day supports a set of Goals from the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In 2023, we will focus on: Global Health and Well-being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, in particular concerning mental health and social isolation.
Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, adopting low-carbon practices in the Global North and mitigation strategies in the Global South. Life on Land: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, amplifying the voices of indigenous leaders and raising awareness on the loss of biodiversity.
Museums in Oman had 115,255 visitors in 2022.
‘The number of visitors to private museums was 18,428 while 96,827 visited the government ones.
Have you visited these museums in Oman?
Oman Across Ages Museum is the largest of its kind in the region, offering visitors an interactive experience of the cultural and geographic diversity of the Sultanate the building includes galleries, a library, an auditorium, cafés, and social and research spaces. The permanent exhibition space on its own is 9,000 sqm and some galleries stretch more than 20 meters high.
Sultan's Armed Forces Museum is a military history museum, located in the 150-year-old Bait Al Falaj Fort, once the headquarters for Sultan Said bin Sultan's Armed Forces, located on Al Mujamma Street, in the Ruwi.
Bait Al Zubair is a museum, located on Al Saidiya Street, Old Muscat, Oman. The museum has an extensive collection of ancient weapons, including khanjar, household equipment, and costumes. Outside the museum is a full-scale Omani village and souk.
The National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman is a museum located in Oman. The museum is equipped with infrastructure for 43 digital immersive experiences, a learning center, conservation facilities, an ultra-high definition cinema, and discovery areas for children. It adopted the region’s first open-plan museum storage concept, where visitors can learn about the various processes that artifacts go through before they are put on display.
The Museum of the Land of Frankincense is part of the Al Baleed Archaeological Park. The displays are beautifully presented and take you back to the origins of Frankincense discovery in Oman. Interesting and educational.
The Natural History Museum of Oman is a natural history museum, located at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture complex, Al Khuwair. The museum has detailed coverage of Oman's flora and fauna, with displays on indigenous mammals, insects, and birds and botanical gardens.