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 a new premises for the museum, the project will consist of three floors with a gross area rated to 5,000 square meter. 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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  • Small museum but not expensive either. Some interesting exhibits, plenty of written commentary explaining Omani natural history. No more than an hour required.  more »
  • Must visit if interested in history, culture or civilization. It hosts a variety of artefacts depicting early cultural & traditional history of Oman along with influences from Turkey, Iran, India, etc...  more »
  • Also this museum as others in Muscat, pointing straight to the chase and also allows children to appreciate and discover something new. Really interesting and recommended
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  • It is a really good place to bring kids because the museum showcases fossils and artifacts of animals and a few plants which have existed in Oman in the past and even in the present. It is a good way of knowing how Oman has evolved.and developed over time. My family and I have come to appreciate the wonders of our temporary home- Oman more.
  • Loved the displays! This is a small museum but it's very informative.
  • One of the nicest museums in Oman, has many galleries showcasing fossils from different ages. With a huge whale skeleton at the main gallery
  • whale hall really good. good for kids
  • Good paleological details.

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As the capital city, Muscat has a a good range of accommodations to suit the needs and wants of those who arrive in the sultanate. The city center stands out as the best place to look, whether you want something luxurious or budget-conscious, with most of the options located between the scenic waterfront and 23rd July Street. In particularly prominent spots sit a number of luxury options, with extra facilities galore and great access to the city's malls and attractions. Side streets house a decent number of guesthouses, with those positioned further from the center representing the real budget-friendly options in Muscat.
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