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Dubai Museum

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The Creek
As featured in 3 Days in Dubai and 3 other guides
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Address: 34 St | Al Fahidi Fort, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number:
+971 4 353 1862
08:30 - 20:30
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Fri 14:00 - 20:30
Sat - Thu 08:30 - 20:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai life in the...

This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai life in the days before the discovery of oil. Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms and desert and marine life.

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Dubai Museum seems like an just a small non-description building while driving through the city. However our brief stop, about an hour, exposed us to the history of this Islamic... read more

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Dubai Museum seems like an just a small non-description building while driving through the city. However our brief stop, about an hour, exposed us to the history of this Islamic country. I learned about it's foundation, leadership, geography, educational system and daily way of life. Although it was small there was enough information provided for a visitor to get a... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is small but lot of artefacts display on UAE history. Nice place to visit and understand the old culture, the people, business and way of living. In a nut shell minimum entry fees but maximum information. A must visit for all.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is very small, from a Western perspective and has to tell the history of such a big city. It is still interesting to learn how fast the city has grown over the years.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum was really interesting and very informative. There were many informative displays and an exhibition showing life in the old days which reminded me of Yorvik! We were on a half day tour of the souks but could really have spent more time here as there was plenty to see. It is largely underground so quite cool too!

Thank Hilary G
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited Dubai last week with my family. The Dubai Museum gives us a picture of what Dubai was some decades back.. Its culture and history brings out Dubai at its best. Very informative for all. A must visit museum.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We saw this as part of a half day Dubai City Tour and enjoyed the whole experience. The museum was well set up and interesting not too big or time consuming.

Thank Gale L
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The dubai museum is a great mixture of ethnic, history and natural history put together in a very visual interactive way. Recommended especially as a younger children friendly museum as the reproductions of the market place, the school area and the palm groves make it very easy to understand. With a variety of audio visuals, models and displays it offers... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great little museum and we would have really enjoyed studying the exhibits had we not arrived at the same time as two coach loads of tourists who were only interested in taking hundreds of photos and not really looking at the museum at all. Might be best to go later in the day when the tourist buses... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It;s a really worth while to visit Dubai museum. In fact you must. It's located in heart of Dubai. Inside it;s very informative about Dubai old days. Very near to historical Mosque as well as Hindu Krishna & Shiva temple. Well, you can go for Abra (Small Boat) ride too. It's just a 1 Dhs. (but Rs.17.50 one way) Meena... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went as part of a city tour. Half an hour wasn't enough but better than nothing. Well laid out, easy to follow storyboards and explanations. With the Museum being part of the city tour the chances are it will be very busy.

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Staying in The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.
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