Located in the historical city of Nizwa around 140 km from the capital Muscat, the Oman Across Ages Museum celebrates Omani achievements, both past and present. It offers an insight into the country’s rich heritage. Work began on the gargantuan project following a royal decree by the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said in 2014.
The museum is built on an area of 40,000 m² and is inspired by geometry of the majestic Hajar Mountains. The structure blends into the breath-taking landscape. It houses 9,000 m² of permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a library, an auditorium, research and storage spaces, and children’s classrooms. The museum serves as a unique centre for learning for both Omanis and visitors whilst shedding light on Oman’s history, culture and economic growth through the ages as well as offering a glimpse into the future.
Using the latest in interactive visuals and sound presentations coupled with rare artefacts, the museum traces Oman from its first settlers to its different dynasties and civilization. A spotlight on Oman’s boom in the 1970s up to the present day during which a number of political, economic, technical and social reforms took place.
The sheer scale of the complex includes galleries, a library, an auditorium, research facilities and a range of cafes and F&B outlets. With galleries stretching to more than 20 metres visitors will marvel at the exhibitions against a truly dramatic backdrop.
Masterfully using media to perfectly showcase Oman’s extensive historical and present achievements, the museum hosts archival and contemporary film footage and stunning photography. A series of virtual settings creates a time travel effect with clear precision taking the visitor on a truly magical journey. The centre piece of the museum is a large gallery of five of the country’s most iconic architectural marvels.
The Oman Across Ages Museum is ideally located in Nizwa, 21.6 km from the ancient fort. The Museum is open Saturday to Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm.