Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
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Monday
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
About
This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai life in the days before the discovery of oil. Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms and desert and marine life.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Fahidi • 7 min walk
  • Al Ras • 9 min walk
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive and Historic Fort
    This review if just of the exterior of the fort as we did not go inside as the Museum has been closed since the pandemic. However, Al Fahidi Fort is an impressive sight and provides a real sense of history. Built in 1787, it is the oldest structure in the city still standing. It is located near the historic Al Fahidi neighborhood along scenic Dubai Creek and it is an area, along with Al Seef, well worth exploring to experience the "old" Dubai.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Seyon
    London, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dubai museum
    The ancient past of Dubai. How they started and keep progressing to become one of the most beautiful city in the world. Let's of facts about the city and the transformation so far. Quite an interesting journey. I wish leaders in Africa can think and have great vision for development to make Africa compete with the rest of the world.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania35,409 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small fortress
    A not very imposing fort, seen from the outside. Stone walls, not very high, and a few towers, not very impressive either. The fort houses the Dubai museum, but it is currently closed to visitors. So all you can do is walk along the walls trying to see it from as many angles as possible.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 November 2023
  • ShropshireReviewer
    Shropshire, United Kingdom253 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Part Of A City Tour
    Good little museum, we visited one morning as part of a Dubai City tour we had booked. Quite small, but it provided an inside of how houses were in old Dubai in years gone by. We didn’t spend much time there but worth a visit if you’re passing.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 April 2024
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Arun Rajaram
Chennai (Madras), India129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019
Getting to explore Dubai history at such a nominal price is absolutely worth mentioning. This is a nice museum, looks like is small but it has a lot of rooms and information. A fort converted into a museum.

The history and heritage of Dubai as it grew from a small village to be one of the best cities of the world. Even children would find it quite interesting. Very informative and provides a valuable perspective on the growth of the city throughout recent years. It helps to understand the history and the culture of the region.

It shows how the people used to live and that most of them were fishermen.
Also, walk around the Dubai museum to get a feel of the old Dubai and its spice markets!! We loved it.

They have a gift store in the museum with some interesting books where you can buy any kind of stuff from Dubai.

The exhibition in the underground is especially very well made. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 2 May 2020
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AvidWchrTraveller
Armidale, Australia252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
All areas of this museum are wheelchair friendly. From the ramped entrance guarded by two ancient cannons, the museum has many interesting and informative exhibits which can be accessed with a wheelchair. Some of the traditional buildings on display have a small hub into them or between rooms. Some walkways are a bit narrow but well worth the effort to learn about the history of Dubai and the UAE. A rather steep spiral ramp leads upwards to an exit point where tour buses pick up visitors ( a kind of waiting room is at the top of the ramp), however you can just return to the entrance and leave that way if preferred. Could easily spend a leisurely 2-3 hours or possibly more at the museum enjoying all the exhibits and information signs, then some extra time cruising the surrounding area. Highly recommended.
Written 14 January 2020
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Ameen
Dubai, United Arab Emirates7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Since i arrived in Dubai back in May i heard about this place which is near to creek. Just 10 Mins walk from the metro station. got a chance to visit this amazing place. Since am a person who like to visit places which has historical importance i enjoyed the place. Entry fee was just 3 Dhs for 6 yrs and above and 1 dhs for below 6. Very informative place about Dubai and ancient life.They showcase weapons of ancient times, and the complete life style of Dubai in old days with the help of manikin.
Written 19 January 2020
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Tiffani M
Westminster, CO22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The museum itself was fine but the extremely rude lady at the ticket desk was an unexpected disappointment. After I handed her the 6 dirhams for my daughter and myself, she yelled something at me that I didn’t understand and then said, “this no good (pointing to the 5dirham bill I gave her) so I asked “why” and she pointed to the tiny corner of the bill that had been torn off. I was in shock, and she said, “Use this somewhere else, not here. Give me a different one, I saw that you have more money “. So I gave her a different one and told her that I think she has serious problems and walked away only to be scolded by a tour guide that was in the queue behind us who said, “You dont talk that way to a government employee”. I later found out that the bill was “perfectly useable”. In summary, I don’t think such a rude and mean person should be working in a customer service position with tourists.
Written 1 January 2020
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Kevin M
Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States240 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As a history museum, I felt Dubai Museum to be pretty standard in what it has on display. Some of the bigger exhibits are found in the underground level, and showcase the society and industries of the pre-modern UAE. The newer museums in the nearby al-Shindagha Heritage Village are more specialised and fascinating. Still, the old fort it was built into is lovely, despite the cramped corridors and the surrounding city outside. If you're interested, I recommend visiting this museum sooner in your trip, both to get a basic understanding of the region, and to set your expectations a little lower.
Written 31 December 2020
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Shaf
Mumbai, India46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
The fort has the Dubai Museum. Taking a cab to it is ideal, that's what I do but otherwise the Al Fahidi station on the green line will be closest, but even then a cab will be needed, from the station it is 5 mins away. The museum has a lot information of how life way before modernisation. So many relics and information to go alongside it, if you're into it, you could spend an entire day here reading and seeing and moving ahead. Ticket is needed, it is a meagre amount. Do check it out when you're in Dubai.
Written 1 February 2020
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lbj17
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK3,373 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We thought that at 3 AED there wouldn’t be much to see, but we spent just under an hour there and didn’t spend much time looking at the swords etc. There are boards in Arabic and English detailing Dubai’s development since the 1800s and particularly over the last 70 years.

It’s a pity that too many people want to take selfies of themselves rather than look at the exhibits. Selfie sticks should be banned!

We were unfortunate to arrive at the same time as a cruise ship group, but they almost jogged through the museum, so we weren’t bothered by them for long.

Closed at the weekend.
Written 23 February 2020
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Lynette S
Brisbane, Australia156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
This museum is housed in Dubai Fort & is very cheap to visit. At the beginning you tour through the old fort, looking at exhibits. Originally, we thought, ‘oh well you get what you pay for’. Then as you head further down into the fort, you come across a modern museum, telling the story of the development & history of Dubai. It was very well done & we spent a couple of hours here, immersed in Dubai’s history. Highly recommend if you are a history buff like me.
Written 13 September 2020
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Gopal R
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
The Dubai museum is a must visit for all those who are interested in knowing the history of the United Arab Emirates and it's great Visionary leaders. There's a light and sound show which depicts the evolution of the U.A.E. from a small fishing village trading dates and pearls to a full fledged metropolis which is now proudly one of the leading cities of the world. Please check when the temporary closure will be lifted by the end of the month.
Written 15 March 2020
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Danielle S
Arlington, TX132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I absolutely loved this museum - the exhibits are life like and the signage is very informative! Kids would love this, but adults I'm sure would appreciate this museum which tells the history of Dubai and its people. The part about the Bedouin women's role in their society is definitely romanticized... not entirely accurate, but still very interesting!
Don't miss the gift shop at the end of the tour. I can't wait to go back and wish I bought the souvenirs I wanted...
Written 23 February 2020
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