The 19 best museums in the UAE - enjoy a piece of history!

The United Arab Emirates has a rich culture spanning hundreds of years. They are proud of their achievements as a nation over the past few decades and have an amazing history in the Middle East.

If you're looking for a piece of history in the UAE, museums are definitely the best way to go.

Some of the most popular museums in the UAE can be found in the cities of Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

1. Dubai Museum

Dubai MuseumThis museum is located on Al Fahidi Street in Al Fahidi Fort in Dubai. It was opened in 1971 and reflects the traditional life of the Bedouins living on the coast, in the mountains and in the desert area.

The museum is full of historical finds and maps, as well as a video exhibit that shows a fascinating picture of Dubai's development.

Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays

Admission fee: AED 3 (adults), AED 1 (under 12 years).

2. Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Louvre, Abu DhabiThis is the first Louvre to open outside Paris. It opened in Abu Dhabi in November 2017. Made like a shallow dome, it houses 600 works of art and artifacts that provide a glimpse into the history of the world and its many religions.

The Louvre in Abu Dhabi was designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel. The exhibitions are kept in chronological order to stimulate a dialogue between the exhibits despite their different cultural contexts.

Hours: Closed Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the other days of the week

Entrance fee: AED 60 per person.

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

Sharjah Museum of Islamic CivilizationOpened in 1987, this museum in the UAE is called Souk Al Majarrah. It is dedicated to tracing the history of Islam. There are many artifacts as well as Islamic art and sculptures to see.

The main attraction here is their beautiful dome overhead, which is decorated with zodiac signs in the night sky. There are astronomical works in the Islamic Faith Gallery on the first floor that help determine the direction of travel to the Kaaba.

This museum can be found across from the Sharjah Creek.

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday through Thursday), 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Friday)

Admission fee: 10 AED for adults (ages 13+), 5 AED for children (ages 2-12).

4. Emirates National Auto Museum, Abu Dhabi

Emirates National Auto Museum, Abu DhabiThe Emirates National Automobile Museum, once featured on the popular BBC Top Gear car show, houses more than 200 cars from the personal collection of Sheikh Hamid ibn Hamdan Al Nahin.

Its famous cars include the Mercedes Rainbow collection. The museum was founded in 2004.

Opening hours: from 10 am to 6 pm every day

Admission fee: 50 AED for adults and free for children under 10 years.

5. Etihad Museum, Dubai

Etihad Museum, DubaiThis museum in the UAE has large halls, an educational area, recreational and administrative spaces, and eight permanent galleries. Experience-based exhibitions are often held here, while their many programs are quite interactive.

The entrance to the Etihad Museum is quite memorable because it is shaped like a manuscript with 7 columns. This museum is located across December 2 Street in Dubai.

Opening hours: from 10 am to 8 pm every day

Admission fee: AED 25 for adults, AED 10 for students, free for children under 5 years old.

6. Al Ain Palace Museum, Abu Dhabi

Al Ain Palace Museum, Abu DhabiThis museum was once the home of Sheikh Zayed ibn Sultan Al Nahyan and his family. It was built for the Al Nahyan family in 1910 before being turned into a museum in 1966 for public viewing.

The museum has materials about the ruling family, as well as tours of their former private rooms and gardens.

It is located on Al Ain Street and can be viewed for free.

Open 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Saturday through Thursday), 3 to 7:30 p.m. (Friday), closed Mondays

Admission: free of charge.

7. Sharjah Science Museum

This museum is very popular for its fascinating exhibitions and hands-on experiments on aerodynamics, physics, and physiology among other sciences. It was opened in April 1997 as an interactive, fascinating science museum.

This place is great for children, and many school tours have been organized here. The Electricity Exhibition is considered a must-see attraction. The museum is located near Sharjah Media Corporation in Al-Abar district.

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday through Thursday), 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Friday)

Admission fee: AED 10 for adults, AED 5 for children under 12.

8. Saeed Al Maktoum House

Saeed Al Maktoum HouseSaid Al Maktoum House was built in 1896 in the Al Shindag area. Until 1958 it was the residence of the ruling Al Maktoum family and the seat of the monarch of Dubai, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum.

The house is located in a prominent part above the Gulf of Dubai (Khor Dubai) strategically, which made it stand among Deira and Bur Dubai, overlooking the Persian Gulf.

The house has witnessed the births of his sons and grandchildren, and is considered a tourist icon that receives visitors year-round.

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Saturday through Thursday), 3 to 8:30 p.m. (Friday)

Admission fee: AED 3 for adults, AED 1 for children (under 6 years).

9. The Women's Museum of Bait Al Banat

This museum in the UAE was created by Professor Rafi Gubash in an attempt to eliminate stereotypes about women in the Arab world and to preserve their history and achievements, especially those of women in UAE history.

It was founded in the 1950s. The museum can be found in the old gold store in Deira.

Opening hours: from 10:00 to 19:00 from Saturday to Thursday

Entrance fee: 10 dirhams per person.

10. Camel Museum

Camel MuseumOnce called Beit Al Rekab, this museum firmly asserts the importance of camels in the history of the UAE. It was built in the 1940s in the Al Shindagh area of Dubai.

Exhibits present different types of camels, anatomy, features, and how to care for them.

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Thursday

Admission fee: free of charge.

11. Sharjah Maritime Museum

Sharjah Maritime MuseumSharjah has a fascinating history of trade, fishing and pearls. This museum in the UAE aims to share the maritime stories of the region. It was originally opened in the Heritage District in 2003, although it was moved to the Al-Khana area in 2009.

It pays special attention to the culture of dhow navigation in the UAE. One of the oldest pearls in the world is located here.

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday through Thursday), 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday)

Admission fee: AED 10 for adults, AED 5 for children under 12.

Sharjah Calligraphy Museum

The Sharjah Calligraphy Museum is home to works of art and writings by artists from around the world. Exhibitions are regularly held here showcasing the art of Arabic calligraphy.

It was created in 2002. It is definitely worth looking at the paintings from Al-Kufa in their traditional Kufic script.

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday through Thursday), 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Friday)

Admission fee: AED 7 for adults, AED 3 for children under 12.

13. Sharjah Heritage Museum

Sharjah Heritage MuseumSharjah Heritage Museum was opened in 2005. It was reopened in 2012 after a renovation at Bait Saeed Al Taweel Al Shamsi in the heart of Sharjah.

The museum illuminates Sharjah's heritage and the rich culture of its inhabitants. It displays the deeply rooted customs and traditions of the people.

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday through Thursday), 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Friday)

Admission fee: AED 7 for adults, AED 3 for children under 12.

14. Dubai Coffee Museum

It is the first museum in the UAE dedicated to coffee. It was opened on International Coffee Day in 2014. The museum, located in Al Fahidi district, features various roasting and brewing techniques and a large collection of books on the history of coffee.

There is a lounge where you can have a cup of hot coffee and a gift store to buy memorabilia for your friends.

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday through Thursday)

Admission fee: free of charge.

15. Pearl Museum, Dubai

Founded in 2003, this museum is home to the world's largest collection of sea pearls. It celebrates the history and tradition of pearls in the UAE. The museum celebrates pearl divers and sailors. It has a large collection of equipment and maps used to collect these pearls.

It was founded by the late Sultan Al-Owais. Visits are by appointment only, and tourist groups can have a maximum of 10 people at a time. It can be found at the Emirates Bank head office in Deira.

Opening hours: from 10:00 to 18:00 (Saturday to Thursday)

Admission fee: 15 dirhams for adults, 10 dirhams for children under the age of 12.

16. Sharjah Natural History Museum

This museum in the UAE is focused on documenting the flora and fauna of the Arabian Desert. It was founded in 1997 and has since introduced the Arabian Wildlife Center, a children's zoo and beautiful botanical gardens where you can walk and enjoy nature in all its glory.

The museum is quite suitable for children. It is located behind Sharjah International Airport on Deid Road.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, 2 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday

Admission fee: 15 dirhams for adults, free for children under 12.

17. Dubai Moving Images Museum

This museum houses the private collection of the famous businessman Akram Niknas. It is located in the MCN Beehive building. There are several interesting pieces in the collection, some of which date back to the 1730s.

The Dubai Museum of Moving Images was founded in 2011, and is open from 11:00 every day (except Fridays).

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday through Thursday)

Entrance fee: AED 30 for adults, AED 20 for children under 18.

18. Dubai Police Museum

The Dubai Police Museum epitomizes the achievements of the country's police force. It was opened in 1987, tracing the history of the police force since its inception in 1956. There are many exhibition halls displaying collections of weapons, even featuring Dubai's first police logo.

Admission is free, although you must fill out an online form with the Dubai Police before you are allowed to enter. It can be found next to Al Mulla Plaza.

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Saturday through Thursday)

Admission fee: free of charge.

19. Al Oqaili Museum

Mubarak Al-Oqaily was a prolific poet, and this museum in the UAE is dedicated to his life and work. It was built in 1923 in his former two-story residence.

This fascinating museum is full of manuscripts, handwritten works, and information about his life. Renovated in 2010, the museum is located in Bani Yas in Deira.

Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Admission fee: free of charge

From coffee and automobiles to Islamic civilization and camels, UAE museums offer culture in a variety of educational areas.

If you want to immerse yourself in UAE history, museums are a great way to start familiarizing yourself!

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