Museums in Dubai – a complete guide


Do you like the museum of the future? You will fall in love with these museums in Dubai…

The first answer that comes to mind when someone asks the question: “Are there museums in Dubai?” is most likely ‘Yes, Museum of the Future!’. While the Museum of the Future is a must visit for residents and tourists alike, we would like to tell you about the many other museums in Dubai that are full of history, heritage and culture that are also worth visiting.

A visit to the museums is ideal if you want to learn about the UAE’s past, enjoy art and culture, and a great way to spend time with family or friends. The best news? Most of the museums listed below are pocket-friendly or free.

Here are 10 museums in Dubai to visit

Al-Shindagha Museum

shindaga museum

Al Shindagha Museum is located at a very important place in the emirate which witnessed the establishment and development of the emirate. Inside the museum, visitors are transported back in time to the 19th century, where they learn about the heritage and growth of the United Arab Emirates into the magnificent metropolis it is today. From pearl fishing, to the oil age, to cultural practices and The Creek’s major importance to commerce, visitors are sure to come away with in-depth knowledge and insight into the country’s rich past. Your ticket for this museum will also give you access to the Maison des Parfums, located next to the “Centre de documents historique”.

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Al Shindagha Musuem, Al Shindagha, Dubai, tel. : (800)

Bayt Al Khanyar Museum

dagger museum

This museum is also known as Dagger Museum and it is a one-of-a-kind museum dedicated to Emirati daggers. The Arab dagger is an important part of Emirati tradition and has been worn by many famous people, including the country’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Besides the artifacts, you will also find a collection of historical photographs showing several generations of rulers and citizens of the United Arab Emirates. The museum also has a café serving traditional coffee. It will cost you 5 Dhs to enter.

Bayt Al Khanyar Museum, Villa 42 Al Fahidi Street, Al Fahidi, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 286 2222.

Currency Museum

currency museum in dubai

Located in the historical district of Al Fahidi, near the Ruler’s Diwan in Bur Dubai, this museum is spread over two floors where visitors will have the chance to discover coins belonging to different historical eras. There are touch screens that you can interact with so you can find out more about the piece that holds your interest.

Coin Museum, Al Fahidi Historial Neighborhood, Bur Dubai, Dubai, Tel: (800) 33222.

Dubai Coffee Museum

dubai coffee museum

The largest coffee museum in the Middle East is located right here in Dubai, in the historic Al Fahidi district. It features a wide selection of antique artefacts illustrating regional and international coffee history and culture. You will experience a number of different regional coffee styles including local Arabic style, Ethiopian style, Japanese style and more. You can even grab a coffee, sit back and sip while you learn more about coffee in the cozy space.

Dubai Coffee Museum, Al Fahidi Historic District, Bastakiya, Villa 44, Dubai, Tel. : (0)4 353 8777. @coffeemuseum

Emirates Philatelic Association

dubai stamp museum

Do you like stamps? No… not the ones you received during your visit to Expo 2020 Dubai, postal type. whether the answer is yes or no, you should make it a point to visit the Emirates Philatelic Association. The museum paints a picture of postal advancement in the UAE and features a collection of stamps, postmarks and more. Want to buy one? You can, because they sell valuable stamps here. Visit it the next time you’re in old Dubai and you might come away surprised.

Emirates Philatelic Association, Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 353 5005.

Etihad Museum

The Etihad Museum opened in 2017 and documents the founding history of the United Arab Emirates. The Etihad Museum covers 2.5 hectares and is located next to Union House, where the signing of the treaty establishing the United Arab Emirates took place in 1971. As for its unique design, the structure is designed in the form of a manuscript, with seven columns built in the museum to resemble the pens used to sign the original declaration. Tickets for adults cost 25 Dhs and for students 10 Dhs.

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Etihad Museum, Union House, 2nd December Street, Jumeira 1, Dubai. Such. : (04) 515 5771

Naive Museum

dubai police naive museum

The Naif Museum is located in Deira and was once a former police headquarters and prison dating back to 1939. Visitors will get an insight into the history and development of the Dubai Police and the city’s judicial system. Expect to see life-size models with old police uniforms, artillery displays and more.

Naif Museum, Naif Police Station, Sikkath Al Khail Road Naif opposite Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dubai, Tel; (800) 33222.

Future Museum

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A museum is an exhibition space that houses objects of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural interest. However, the Museum of the Future is different. Inside the breathtakingly beautiful structure – a unique eye-shaped design with a hollowed-out middle – visitors will get a futuristic glimpse of the world 50 years from now. Expect a space shuttle simulation, a visit to the “station command center”, a “gram-worthy space where you will learn the importance of climate change, a level where you can revive your senses and well You can read all about this subject here Tickets are priced at 145 Dhs for over three years old.

Book your tickets (well in advance) here.

Museum of the Future, Sheikh Zayed Road in front of Emirates Towers, Dubai, Tel. : (800)

Saruq Al Hadid Museum


Saruq Al-Hadid translates to “The Way of Iron” and the items on display here were found at an archaeological site on the edge of the Rub Al-Khali desert. Fun fact: They were discovered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai while piloting his helicopter. The items are all preserved and in perfect condition. The collection grew as archaeologists and historians unearthed more tools, pots, beads, jewelry and more. Does the ring pattern in the photo above look familiar? The Expo 2020 Dubai logo was inspired by one of these 4,000-year-old gold rings that was found at an archaeological site in the desert.

Al Shindagha Historic District, Bur Dubai, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 359

Women’s Museum

dubai womens museum

This museum is dedicated to sharing and celebrating the lives of women in the United Arab Emirates. It is a national archive and documentation center and you will learn about some very important Emirati women and their lives in relation to historical and social context. You can find it in the old gold souk in Deira next to the fish market.

Women’s Museum, Old Gold Souk (near the fish market), Deira, Dubai, tel. : (0)4 234 2342,

Soon to be re-opened

Dubai Museum

dubai museum

Located in Bur Dubai in the Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum is the oldest existing building in the city (built around 1787). It was once a monarch’s base, a fortified residence, an arsenal of weapons and a prison, before being renovated during the reign of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. At the moment however it is being renovated and we here at What’s new have been keeping an eye out for any signs of reopening. When it was open it was one of my personal favorites giving visitors a taste of old Dubai.

Pearl Museum

pearl museum

Pearl fishing was very important to the United Arab Emirates and dates back over 7,000 years. Before the UAE was home to skyscrapers, it was once a small village with industrious pearl fishermen, dhow builders and merchants. At the Pearl Museum, you will find a superb collection of pearls that belonged to the late Sultan Ali Al-Owais, who was a successful pearl trader and businessman. At the moment it is currently listed as “temporarily closed”, but we will update this listing when it opens.

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