AL AIN NATIONAL MUSEUM
AL AIN NATIONAL MUSEUM (Al Jahili area, Hessa bint Mohamed Street – next to Al Ain Oasis, Abu Dhabi) — Standing next to the Eastern Fort in Al Ain, the National Museum compiles relics and illustrative findings from the Stone Age until the early days of the United Arab Emirates. To understand life and cultures from the region’s past, the museum is a must visit.
The museum consists of two main sections:
-The Ethnographic Section illustrates the life of people occupying the region during the pre-oil era. It highlights remarkable phases in the life of a typical citizen at that time such as birth, education, marriage, and working life. The section displays some old versions of the Holy Quran, manuscripts, women clothes and cosmetic materials.
-The Archaeological Section exhibits the antiquities of the country’s ancient ages in a chronological order beginning with the Stone Age, then the Bronze Age (The third and second Millennium BC), over the Hellenistic eras, and ending with the Islamic Ages. Discoveries of these various ages such as stone tools, ironware, bronze ware, in addition to pottery and arrow heads, are all displayed in this section. Moreover, this section highlights the modern developments and the cultural transition, which the country witnessed following the discovery of oil with all its socio-economic impacts.
The Al Ain National Museum lies downtown, on the east side of Al Ain Oasis, coming from Abu Dhabi on the left side of Zayed bin Sultan Street, near the Murabba’ Roundabout. Free admission. Hours: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm (daily, except Mondays), 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm (Fridays).