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Must-See Museums in Muscat - page 2

Must-See Museums in Muscat

The cultural epicenter of Oman, Muscat is home to museums as varied as the city itself—you’ll find tributes to everything from art and history to traditional crafts. Here are some of the best to add to your itinerary.

Bait Al Zubair Museum

Located at the heart of the Old Town, the Bait Al Zubair Museum is one of the most-visited Muscat attractions; it houses the extensive private collection of the Al Zubair family. Inside, a series of colorful exhibitions showcase traditional Omani crafts, furniture, weaponry, household items, and clothing, as well models of an Omani-style village and souk.

Land of Frankincense Museum

Those exploring the Al-Baleed Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will want to stop at the park’s Land of Frankincense Museum. You can learn all about the fascinating history of the ancient Islamic city and the importance of frankincense, one of Oman’s most lucrative exports, and see archaeological finds from Al-Baleed, Sumahram, and Wabar. 

Sultan's Armed Forces Museum

Housed in the imposing Bait Al Falaj Fort, the Sultan's Armed Forces Museum is one of the most comprehensive military museums on the Arabian Peninsula. It showcases an enormous collection of military artifacts, weaponry, and vehicles, most notably a bulletproof Cadillac once belonging to Sultan Qaboos bin Said. 

The National Museum

The National Museum, which opened in 2013, chronicles Oman’s cultural history and heritage and showcases a wide collection of artifacts relating to the Sultanate of Oman. The museum also includes exhibitions on Omani arms and armor, currency, prehistory and ancient history, among many topics. 

Natural History Museum

The focus shifts to Oman’s geological wonders and biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, where highlights include a taxidermy display including Arabian leopards and wolves; a gigantic sperm whale skeleton; and a botanical garden filled with native flora. 

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Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the delights of Muscat with ease on this Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour. With your 1- or 2-day ticket, explore the city at your own pace aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. Enjoy 360-degree views of the sights as you hear the entertaining onboard audio commentary, and hop on and off at any of the stops as you please. See top Muscat attractions such as beautiful Muttrah Corniche and the Royal Opera House; hop off to enjoy Muttrah Souk; admire the picturesque forts of Muscat Old Quarter, and much more.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$73.80
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$73.80
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Full-Day Grand Canyon and Nizwa Tour by 4x4

Full-Day Grand Canyon and Nizwa Tour by 4x4

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Combine visits to Jebel Shams and Nizwa during this full-day tour from Muscat. In a rugged 4x4 vehicle, get spectacular views of Oman's Grand Canyon and dig in to a traditional lunch in the mountain village of Misfah. Entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Muscat accommodations are included.
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  • 8 hours
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$233.00
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3 Day Package TOUR JASMIN

3 Day Package TOUR JASMIN

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Oman’s most scenic spots are out of reach of most travelers, unless you have your own transportation. During this in-depth, multi-day tour, you’ll cover the top sights in the desert, from towering dunes to picturesque wadis, or valleys. Travel between locations in a sturdy, comfortable vehicle, guaranteeing access to off-road attractions. Enjoy a night under the stars around a desert campfire and swim in a real-life oasis.
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  • 3 days
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$880.00
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4 Days Package TOUR FARAH

4 Days Package TOUR FARAH

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Oman’s interior offers dunes, ‘wadi’ gorges, and mountains, all easiest to explore by chauffeured tour due to their challenging terrain. This 4-day private tour from Muscat delivers: with private transport and a driver-guide to negotiate the sands, tracks, and steep roads. Visit Nizwa and Sur, watch for sea turtles, explore 'wadis,' and bash the dunes and stay overnight in the Wahiba Sands, all without self-driving or having to arrange accommodation.
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  • 4 days
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$1,120.00
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Jebel Shams Day Trip: The Grand Canyon of Oman

Jebel Shams Day Trip: The Grand Canyon of Oman

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Exploring Oman’s rugged natural sights takes expert navigation—and a sturdy vehicle. During this hassle-free private tour, you’ll enjoy comfortable pickup from Muscat. Settle back and relax as you make your way to Oman’s own Grand Canyon: Jebel Shams, the country’s highest peak. Stop at other interesting sights along the way, from Persian ruins and Oman’s ancient capital to a talented local textile weaver, with the option to shop.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$200.00
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Private Safari Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

Private Safari Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid from Muscat

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Head into Oman’s Wahiba Sands without having to worry about transport or missing out on the desert’s Bedouin heritage. This private full-day tour from Muscat serves up all the desert essentials and more: a dune bash, interaction with local Bedouin, and time at the palm- and pool-dotted canyon of Wadi Bani Khalid. Private 4x4 transport from your hotel, Muscat port or airport, and plus entry fees are included.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Nizwa Full Day tour

Nizwa Full Day tour

Exploring Oman’s interior from Muscat without a guide may mean missing hidden gems and background that could make your experience extra enlightening. With this private tour, make the most of Nizwa and the old villages of Misfah and Al Hamra with a driver-guide to provide insight you wouldn’t get independently. Plus, you can focus wholly on the sights with a driver to handle the navigation and any rough terrain.
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  • 7 to 9 minutes
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Jabl Shams and Nizwa private and custom tour

Jabl Shams and Nizwa private and custom tour

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Visit Nizwa and Jabl Shams with ease from Muscat on this customizable full-day tour. Depart from your Muscat hotel or port in a private vehicle with a driver-guide and make your way to Nizwa. Explore the Nizwa Souq and admire the produce, pottery, jewellery, handicrafts, and more. Pause at Nizwa Fortress before continuing to Jabl Shams Mountain. Take in the sweeping views from the canyon.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$200.00
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Private Tour: The Grand Canyon of Oman and Jebel Shams Day Trip

Private Tour: The Grand Canyon of Oman and Jebel Shams Day Trip

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Driving up Oman’s Jebel Shams mountain to see the country’s Grand Canyon isn’t recommended to anyone but seasoned off-roaders. This private full-day trip takes you there and back, with no driving worries. Marvel at the vast canyon from Jebel Shams’ summit, and visit Nizwa, villages, and ancient ruins with a guide to navigate and provide background you’d otherwise miss. Lunch and return hotel transport are included for ease.
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  • 8 hours
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Wahiba Sands Desert Safari 4X4

Wahiba Sands Desert Safari 4X4

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Oman’s Wahiba Sands may lie within day-trip distance of Muscat, but exploring the high dunes is a no-no for inexperienced desert drivers. With this private tour, ride across the dunes by 4x4 to experience the desert’s beauty, and get the opportunity to enjoy the pools and caves of Wadi Bani Khalid—one of Oman’s river gorges. Entry fees and round-trip transport from Muscat port, airport, and hotels are included.
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  • 8 hours
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$214.00
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Muscat by Night with Local Dinner from Muscat

Muscat by Night with Local Dinner from Muscat

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Take in the sights of stunning Muscat—Oman’s history-packed capital—on this evening city tour, which includes dinner and soft drinks. Tick off some of the standout sights after-hours, from centuries-old Portuguese forts to the Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque, illuminated by nighttime lights. Then, dig into a local specialty: Omani grilled fish.
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  • 5 hours
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$56.00
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Half-Day City Tour of Mystic Muscat

Half-Day City Tour of Mystic Muscat

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Your guide will meet you at your hotel, the airport, or the harbor to begin this private guided tour, highlighting some of Muscat’s cultural attractions. Visit the stunning Grand Mosque, the collection of weapons, costumes, artifacts, and replica village at the Bait al Zubair museum, followed by a drive through Old Muscat where you’ll see the Al Jalali and Mirani forts. Round out your morning strolling through the various souks.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$100.00
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2 Days Package TOUR JAMILA

2 Days Package TOUR JAMILA

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Skip the hassles of planning—but keep the thrill of adventure—on this multi-day tour of Oman’s top desert sights. Accommodation, meals, and transportation are included, meaning you can focus on the stunning scenery. Get a peek at the country’s largest wadi and bathe in a real-life desert oasis. You’ll also sleep under the stars at a desert campfire, with an exhilarating 4x4 ride over sky-high sand dunes.
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  • 2 days
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$590.00
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Nizwa Full Day (Muscat tours) : Oman Shore excursions

Nizwa Full Day (Muscat tours) : Oman Shore excursions

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Visit three of rural Oman’s historical must-sees on this private day trip from Muscat, all without having to worry about self-drive or finding your own way. Travel in air-conditioned comfort and check off 17th-century Nizwa Fort, exploring its tower and ramparts with a guide to help uncover its history. Then, visit Nizwa souk, the pottery town of Bahla, and Jabreen Fort— another of Oman’s mud-brick castles—before returning to Muscat.
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  • 8 hours
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$200.00
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Mystical Muscat

Mystical Muscat

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This half day tour will give you a unique chance to get a light touch to the history, culture and heritage of Oman covering the main attraction of the capital of the country.
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  • 5 hours
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$250.00
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Wahiba Sands&Wadi Bani Khalid desert Safari(Muscat tours) : Private tours

Wahiba Sands&Wadi Bani Khalid desert Safari(Muscat tours) : Private tours

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Venture away from the capital city and into the desert for a full-day safari. First, your driver will take you to Wahibi Sands, which is known for its many colors of dunes ranging from golden brown to black. Then check out Wadi Bani Khalid, a scenic valley with pools, waterfalls, and flowing waters.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$200.00
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Wahiba Sands&Wadi Bani Khalid desert Safari(Muscat tours)

Wahiba Sands&Wadi Bani Khalid desert Safari(Muscat tours)

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Travel out of Muscat for a day of desert exploring. Watch the land unfold before you as you drive to Wadi Bani Khalid.  Marvel at the steep canyon walls and stark landscape, take a dip in the crystal water, or explore the hidden caves. After that, travel to the Wahiba Sands desert. You will be welcomed into a traditional Bedouin family home and offered refreshments to share.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$200.00
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Muscat City Tour -Half-Day- Mystic Muscat : Cultural & Themes tours

Muscat City Tour -Half-Day- Mystic Muscat : Cultural & Themes tours

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Discover the history and culture of Muscat, Oman during this private sightseeing tour. See the Grand Mosque, to admire the second-largest handmade carpet in the world, the Opera House, Mutrah Souk, Al-Alam Palace, the home of the royal family, and the Bait Al Zubari Museum, for a deep dive into Omani culture. All entrance fees are included as well as a private driver-guide and vehicle.
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  • 4 to 5 minutes
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$100.00
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Muscat City Tour -Half-Day- Mystic Muscat

Muscat City Tour -Half-Day- Mystic Muscat

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Experience the highlights of Muscat on a half-day private tour. With a local guide, visit important sites and landmarks such as Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Amouage perfume factory, Muttrah (the city’s old commercial center), Al Alam Palace, Fort Al-Mirani, and more. You will also enjoy views of the Shangri-La fjords and the mountains near Jebel Sifah along the way.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$100.00
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5 Days Package TOUR DINA

5 Days Package TOUR DINA

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Sinkhole - Fins Beach - Wadi Shab - Ras Al Hadd - Wadi Bani Khalid - Wahiba Sands - Nizwa Misfath - Jebel Shams - Wadi Bani Awf
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  • 5 days
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$1,400.00
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2 Days Tour TOUR FATIMA

2 Days Tour TOUR FATIMA

Difficult terrain means that Oman’s mountains, coast, and ‘wadi’ canyons are best explored on a tour, especially if time is short. This private 2-day trip from Muscat cherry-picks the highlights, with visits to the pool-dotted canyons of Wadi Shab and Tiwi, the ‘dhow’ shipyards of Sur, and Ras Al Jinz turtle sanctuary, all with a guide for insight. Overnight accommodation and hotel, port, and airport transfers are included.
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  • 2 days
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$635.00
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Wadi Shab full day tour (Muscat tours) : Private & custom tours

Wadi Shab full day tour (Muscat tours) : Private & custom tours

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Explore one of Oman’s ‘wadi’ river gorges—Wadi Shab—without doing any off-road driving or navigation yourself. With this private tour from Muscat, simply enjoy the scenery as you trace the east coast to the wadi to explore its pools and paths. Ride a boat, trek the canyon floor, bathe in the pools, and swim through a cave to waterfall, all with a guide to share local facts and handle the driving.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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Jebel Shams Day trip (Muscat tours) :Oman Shore excursions

Jebel Shams Day trip (Muscat tours) :Oman Shore excursions

Experience one of Oman’s scenic highlights without transport hassles or driving off-road trails alone on a private Muscat day trip. Traveling by private 4x4 with a driver-guide, concentrate on the scenery while climbing Jebel Shams—the mountain overlooking Oman’s Grand Canyon. Marvel at the canyon below and make side trips to Nizwa Fort and villages—places hard to get to independently. Entry fees and hotel and port transfers included.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$200.00
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Jabl Shams with Nizwa for tours and sightseeing

Jabl Shams with Nizwa for tours and sightseeing

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Visiting Oman's Jebel Shams mountain and Wadi Ghul, nicknamed the ‘Grand Canyon,' means driving off-road—not recommended for visitors unfamiliar with the terrain. This private tour from Muscat provides an answer: with a driver-guide to manage the trails and navigation. Visit the old capital of Nizwa and marvel at the canyon landscapes of Wadi Ghul before a picnic lunch on Shams, Oman’s highest peak. Includes hotel, airport, or port transfers.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$200.00
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