Located south of Dubai Creek, The Al Fahidi Fort built in 1787  has survived through the years and is considered the oldest standing structure in Dubai. This fort was renovated and transformed into Dubai Museum, which is now a popular tourist attraction in Dubai. The Ruler of Dubai opened the museum in 1971 so that the traditional way of life in Dubai could be captured and preserved.

The museum's historic setting makes this a perfect place for a journey back in time when Dubai was merely a desert settlement. Dubai's simple and traditional life before the discovery of oil which brought its extravagant advance towards modernism can be witnessed here. In the museum, different wings are dedicated to various aspects of Dubai’s Bedouin era, with galleries that contain exhibits and life-size dioramas that illustrate daily life before the invention of technology and modernism in the emirate.

Several exhibits illuminate the trade route of Dubai by displaying local antiques and artifacts from countries that traded with Dubai. These exhibits illustrate how Dubai started out as a modest village settlement before it took the world by storm with its innovative and astonishing new-age attractions and architectural marvels that transformed it into a world-renowned tourist destination. The entrance fee to Dubai Museum is AED 3 for adults and AED 1 for children below the age of 6.


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Maedeh PS (9 months ago)
Rather disappointed after first, and last, visit to Museum of the Future. Yes, the architecture is amazing, out as well as inside but to enjoy this, I don't need a ticket. The content is quite nice but nothing overly exciting and presented with technologies that were mostly available already 20,30 years ago. I have honestly expected a lot more. Still nice to visit but certainly dropped off my 'must visit when coming to Dubai' list
Wei Seng Woon (9 months ago)
Overall was a great experience. Loved the architecture for sure! Mind-blowing, even a bit wacky. The thematic exhibits were a mixed bag, they tried to tell a story - some much more impressive than others. Still worth a visit, for the experience: it does differentiate itself from many other museums. Of course, taking photos of the building outside is free of charge - need to go around to find good angles.
Sharon Quinn (10 months ago)
Was actually very disappointed with this visit and it definitely wasn't the experience I had hoped for or expected to get. Yes the building architecture is amazing to look at but the content on display wasn't what either of us had hoped for as had been of the impression that much of it would be interactive, which it wasn't. In fact you're under strict instructions not to touch anything. It was an opportunity to read and look at models of different things. Maybe our expectations had been too high. Some areas, such as the DNA library of animals and plants, were fabulous to look at but that was probably the highlight and feel this is more of a trip for kids. We had also left it until late in the trip to book ticket, which by that stage were sold out. Only managed to get them via a friend so of you want to visit, make sure to book early.
Ada Martinez (10 months ago)
First interaction should be voluntary, or they should ask you if you want to wait on a line to see the first exhibition. Long waiting time. After that, they allow you to go around by yourself. Impressive structure, beautiful to see the flying "bird" and robotic dog. Personnel is very nice and professional.
Adriana Mihaela Gicariu (2 years ago)
The building itself is just wonderful! This museum displays different items, such as cars, drones that will be used in the future. The tour starts with a trip outside the Earth. In the museum, each step you take comes along with special effects and sounds, introducing you to the year 2071. It's worth visiting. I recommend purchasing tickets online, in advance, since they sold out pretty fast. There is a cafeteria and also a souvenir shop in the lobby.
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