Zoom up on a space shuttle simulation (replete with a countdown, realistic shuttle sounds, and movements). Dock on the 5th floor where your tour officially begins!
Dubai's rise to prominence as a global village is a story for the ages. Books can provide insight, but museums in Dubai are perfect for learning more about the city's history. There are many museums in Dubai, but here are some of the most popular ones.
The architecture of the Etihad Museum, like most buildings in Dubai, will blow you away. It was designed by Canadian architects Moriyama and Teshima.
Why Visit: Focused on Dubai, the Etihad Museum has photos and films showing the formation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between 1968 and 1974.
Timings: 10 AM - 8 PM
Address: 1 Jumeirah St - Al Mina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on mapfrom AED 25
Pearl was as instrumental as oil in Dubai's rise. The Pearl Museum celebrates the valuable jewel and the divers and sailors who collected them.
Why Visit: The pearls in the museum were donated by Sultan Ali Al Owais, a philanthropist, poet and pearl merchant.
Timings: 8 AM to 4 PM (Monday to Friday)
Address: 10 Baniyas Rd - Port Saeed - Riggat Al Buteen - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on mapFree Entry
Dubai wasn't always a global city. The Dubai Museum chronicles its journey from a historic city to a global village.
Why Visit: The Dubai Museum is built in a fort that was used to protect the city. It was originally built in the 18th century.
Timings: 8:30 AM to 08:30 PM (Saturday to Thursday). 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Fridays)
Address: Al Fahidi Fort - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on mapfrom AED 3
No city can grow as a global destination without a strong police journey. The Naif Museum celebrates the development of the Dubai Police Force through the years.
Why Visit: The museum features life-size models and interactive displays, including the change in Dubai Police Force's uniforms since 1956.
Timings: 8 AM to 3 PM (Monday to Thursday), 8 AM to 11:30 AM (Fridays)
Address: Sikkath Al Khail Road Naif Opp Hyatt Regency Hotel - Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on mapFree Entry
As the name suggests, the Museum Of The Future gives a peek into the following decades. It has a futuristic exterior, having Arabic calligraphy panels all over it.
Why Visit: The Museum Of The Future showcases technology's best (and worst). It features different chapters about space, climate change, and others.
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
Address: Museum of the Future, Sheikh Zayed Road, P.O. Box 66610, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Find on mapfrom AED 145
Cinema lovers should experience their favourite movies in the 17th-century Dutch peep box viewer. The museum has similar equipment showing the evolution of motion pictures.
Why Visit: The History of Cinema Museum is home to 300+ photos and videos, some dating back to the 18th century.
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM (every day except Friday)
Address: MCN Hive, 1st Floor, TECOM - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on mapfrom AED 30
The Saruq Al-Hadid Museum takes you back to the Iron Age. It has over 8,000 artefacts dating back to the Iron Age.
Why Visit: The artefacts in the museum were discovered by Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum when flying over the Rub Al Khali desert.
Timings: 7:30 AM to 7 PM (Monday to Thursday), 9 AM to 5 PM (Friday, Sunday)
Address: 778Q+PVV - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on mapfrom AED 20
Women are central to any city or country's success. The Women's Museum in Dubai celebrates the history of women in the UAE and how they changed society.
Why Visit: Founded by Professor Rafia Ghubash, an Emirati woman, the Women's Museum contains artworks drawn by women and other artefacts from across the UAE.
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM (Saturday to Thursday)
Address: Al Sabkha, Gold Souq, Near - Al Khor Street - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on mapfrom AED 20
A museum dedicated to coffee (yes, coffee!), the Coffee Museum showcases the history of coffee and the artefacts used for brewing coffee.
Why Visit: Coffee comes from the Arabic word 'kahva.' so it isn't surprising to see a museum in Dubai dedicated to it.
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM (Saturday to Thursday)
Address: Historical Neighborhood, Bastakiya, Villa 44 - Al Hisn St - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on mapFree Entry
Like magic? We bet you'll love the Museum of Illusions! It is home to over 80 engaging activities that'll appeal to your curious self.
Why Visit: From the anti-gravity room to holograms, the Museum of Illusions is home to some seriously mind-blowing activities.
Timings: 10 AM to 10 PM (Saturday to Thursday), 10 AM to 11 PM (Friday)
Address: Al Seef - Dubai Creek - Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on mapfrom AED 80
The Al Shindagha Museum is one of the most popular museums in Dubai. It portrays the city's from a village to a global city.
Why Visit: The Perfume House, a section in the Al Shindagha Museum, gives you a taste of lavish scents and traditional methods used for making perfume.
Timings: 10 AM to 8 PM (except Tuesday)
Address: 288 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on mapfrom AED 15
The Heritage Villages gives a glimpse of Middle Eastern village architecture from the 16th century. It also hosts the annual Dubai Shopping Festival.
Why Visit: Among the oldest places in Dubai, the Heritage Village has a distinct architecture fit for your Instagram.
Timings: 7:30 AM 8:30 PM (Saturday to Thursday), 12.30 to 8:30 (Friday)
Address: Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Read on map
The Al Maktoum family, the ruling family in Dubai, lived inside the House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum until 1958.
Why Visit: The museum has invaluable artefacts, like jewellery and stamps, that portray the life of the Royal Family of Dubai.
Timings: 08 AM to 08:30 PM (Saturday to Thursday), 3 PM to 08:30 PM (Friday)
Address: 779R+72F - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on map
Visit Al Bastakiya to see Dubai before the skyscrapers and oil. The buildings here are centuries old and made from coral, gypsum and palm wood.
Why Visit: The art gallery in the Al Bastakiya is a haven if you love contemporary Arabic paintings and artwork.
Timings: 7 AM to 8 PM (Everyday)
Address: Bur Dubai - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on map
Of course, there's a museum dedicated to camels in Dubai. The site allows visitors to learn about the camels of the Arabian Peninsula.
Why Visit: Camels and Dubai are intertwined. The Camel Museum tells the sweet tale of the connection between a camel and a man.
Timings: 8 AM to 2 PM (Sunday to Thursday)
Address: 779Q+9V7 Al Shandagha Historical District - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Find on map
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The Museum of the Future is the most visited museum in Dubai, with over 1M visitors annually.
Certain museums such as Museum of the Future have an entry fee of AED 140, while certain museums such as the AL Shindagha Museum charge entry fees as low as AED 25.
Usually children below a certain age, senior citizens, and students with valid ID proof can avail discounts on Dubai museum tickets.
There are usually no age limits to enter museums. Certain exhibits deemed inappropriate for children might be off-limits, but children are allowed entry into museums. Usually, children below 16 have to be accompanied by an adult.
Dubai museums do not enforce any dress codes. However, given that you are in an Emirate, it is advisable to dress modestly.
Yes, visiting a museum in Dubai would take atleast 3-4 hours, a lot of which would involve moving from one exhibit to another. Do make sure to wear comfortable shoes for the outing.