Natural History Museum, Muscat

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The Oman Natural History Museum is a natural history museum, located at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture complex, Al Khuwair, opposite the Zawawi Mosque in Muscat, Oman.The museum opened on 20 December 1985, and has detailed coverage of Oman's flora and fauna, with displays on indigenous mammals, insects, and birds and botanical gardens. One of the highlights of the museum is the whale room: it houses the huge skeleton of a sperm whale, which was washed up on the Omani coastline in the 1980s.The museum contains marine and animal fossils and ancient mammals such as monkeys and elephants primitive, teeth Deinotherium and Gomphotherium, and stuffed animals: Arabian leopard. Caracal. Arabian Oryx. Arabian wolf. Arab Red fox. Ghazal skeleton Arabic. Ibex Arabic. Flamengo. Birds. Crow. Owl. Reptiles. Snakes' lizards. Snails and shells.New premisesIn January 2014, the Ministry of Heritage and Culture announced plans to build new premises for the museum, the project will consist of three floors with a gross area rated to 5,000 square meters. The first floor is specialised for exhibiting marine environments such as sandy coasts, mangroves, rocky coasts and coral reef environments as well as the geological history of the Sultanate’s seas while the second floor displays wild environments such as mammals, insects, birds, valleys, caves and water springs in addition to the geological history of Oman.
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  • Really enjoyed my visit although the sullen staff on the payment desk were not the greatest advert for Omani customer services, as they initially refused to accept cash payment then grudgingly changed...  more »
  • We were interested to know all about Oman and its natural history. We spent a really informative hour looking around and were amazed at the diversity of animal and insect that could be found in the co...  more »
  • Small museum but not expensive either. Some interesting exhibits, plenty of written commentary explaining Omani natural history. No more than an hour required.  more »

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