Al Ain National Museum

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Timings : Tuesday - Sunday: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM,
Friday: 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Time Required : 2 - 3 hours

Entry Fee : Adults - AED 3,
Children (under 10 years) - AED 1

Al Ain National Museum, Abu Dhabi Overview

Al Ain National Museum is the oldest museum in the UAE and was formerly the residence of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late founder of UAE. It houses many artefacts like weaponry and more that was discovered from many archaeological sites that date back to sixth millennium BCE. Established in the year 1937, the Al Ain Museum also referred to as Al Ain Palace Museum. Also serving as a political and social centre, the palace was refurbished in 1998 and was finally opened as a museum.

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Exhibits at Al Ain National Museum

The museum is divided into three major sections with each section narrates the fascinating life story of UAE housing various artifacts including collection of items about the ruling family. The three sections are Archaeology, Ethnography and Gifts.

Archaeology: This part exhibits an exquisite compilation of artifacts especially from the Hili Gardens located nearby.

Ethnography: The museum also features myriad of remarkable materials such as Bedouin jewelry, small imitation of a traditional majlis, musical instruments, weapons and one from Garn Bint Saud going back to first millennium BC.

Gifts: There is also a gift section, which displays unique assortment of gifts presented to Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan over his lifetime. The collection includes silver daggers, golden swords and a golden palm tree. All the exhibits are subtitled in English and Arabic.

Nestled at the periphery of Al Ain Oasis, this artistically restored museum will allows its visitors to get a better understanding of the traditions and culture of the authentic Arabian world.

How To Reach Al Ain National Museum

By Car:
Get onto the Abu Dhabi - Al Ain Road and continure for 125 kms on the highway. Go Along 135th Street (Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street) once you reach Al Ain. Take a right onto Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Awwal Street (The right turn after Master Cake bakers). 

Continue straight and take a right to 143rd street at the T-Junction. Continue further straight till youreach the other T-Junction, Take a left and the museum will be to your right. 

By Bus:
There is no direct bus to Al Ain from Abu Dhabi. Take a bus from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station to Al Ghubaiba Bus Station in Dubai. From There, you will be able to take a direct bus to Al Madina Petrol Station in Al Ain City. It is just 850m (10 minute walk) from the bus stop to the museum.
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