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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  • March 28, 2017
    Very small. It very interesting museum. Details the history of Oman and its inhabitants. Goes way back in history with clear descriptions written in English and Arabic.  more »
  • March 15, 2017
    Enjoyed looking at all the costumes here and the model village in the grounds wish we had more time and could have enjoyed a coffee and a look around the gift shop  more »
  • March 12, 2017
    The Natural History Museum is a gem, Really well planned and laid out with fascinating displays and information.A must for all school parties and children but also so much for adults too, who are inte...  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    One of the nicest museums in Oman, has many galleries showcasing fossils from different ages. With a huge whale skeleton at the main gallery
  • May 6, 2017
    whale hall really good. good for kids
  • June 3, 2017
    Good paleological details.
  • October 11, 2016
    Very infomative place about history
  • February 14, 2017
    good natural history

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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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