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Natural History Museum, Muscat

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Natural History Museum
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Very infomative place about history
  • good natural history
  • Small one
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  • I visited the Museum during a visit to Oman. The exhibition is very interesting and well presented. What struck me most is the incense tree outside. This is the first time in my life to see and smell and touch this beautiful tree! Thank you so much for this experience for you. Best regards from Hamburg, Germany
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