Museum of the Frankincense Land, Salalah

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Stroll through Museum of the Frankincense Land, a museum that documents the once illustrious maritime strength of the nation, and in particular the sea port of Zafar, which was supported by the spice trade. The well-organized display, featuring adequately labelled exhibitions, describes the downfall of the port. Kilometers of landscaped paths along the coast feature reed beds and frolicking geese, along with an archaeological site featuring ruins of the port's past. Children under the age of six cannot enter the museum halls. Plan my trip to Salalah with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • This museum, located in Al Baleed Archaeological site, is quite small, but is very well laid out, and contains many interesting artefacts excavated at Al Baleed, and Sumhuram. Gives you a good introdu...  more »
  • A small museum, which explains the production and the routes of incense. Some exhibits.
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  • We went to the Museum in the late afternoon (entrance cost OMR 1 per person) and then we missed out on the stroll in the Archaeological Park with the Sun. However, the Museum offers 3 or 4 rooms, one of which is multimedia, with historical artifacts, reconstructions, testimonies that give a subtle yet concise overview of the history of Oman and its impressive evolution in recent decades thanks to Sultan Qaboos. Suggest that you stop by after lunch, to enjoy the beautiful park and boswellia plant which produce the famous and precious Omani frankincense, exported for centuries throughout the world.
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  • The Land of Frankincense Museum is considered one of the most prominent historical museums in Oman because it includes historical and cultural features from different eras. The museum is located in Dhofar Governoratein the heart of a historic site that was registered in UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 as an archaeological and tourism park after consultation with the international organisation. UNESCO chose the Al Baleed site, considered by archaeologists as the most important remnants of an Islamic ancient city on the Arabian Sea coast, as being part of the historic home of the frankincense tree the Sultanate of Oman is renowned for, especially since frankincense was the most important Omani export in ancient times. The museum is located in Al Baleed. It is divided into two main halls: the Hall of History which branches into 6 sections, and the Marine Hall which is divided into 7 sections.
  • The museum it self is kind of small, the objects viewed are nice, but photographs are prohibited inside the museum, also there was a ride around with a golf cart but unfortunately I was there by 1pm and it starts by 3pm!!
  • This is a smaller museum, but it is a beautiful place. They have an incredible boat exhibit as well as artifacts from the local region. They also have some impressive Qurans and other written work. The signs are in Arabic and English. It is right next to the Al Baleed Archeological Site, which is really interesting to walk around.
  • Small museum inside photography prohibited , and Frankincense Trees (Boswellia sacra) are planted in and around
  • Somewhat interesting in Salalah as not much else to see, but would pass on it if it was in any other city.

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The main hotels of Salalah sit close to the sea, enjoying extensive views of the coast, private beaches, pools, and fine-dining restaurants. Some particularly luxurious resorts can be found along the coastal roads, with sculpted grounds and onsite malls. Inland, where the real city sits, you'll find some similarly luxurious hotels. However, there's a much greater choice of standard options, with a pool perhaps, a restaurant for sure, and comfortable rooms. Rental apartments along 23rd July Street provide perhaps the best budget-friendly options in town.
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