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National Museum, Sultanate of Oman APRIL 2016

Official Guidebook of a Great New Omani Institution

The National Museum, Sultanate of Oman, is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Oman’s rich cultural heritage. It has drawn inspiration from the international museum community – experts from Tate in London, the Hermitage in St Petersburg and the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon were consulted in its development. However, at heart, the museum is a great new Omani institution, showcasing the finest examples of the nation’s history and culture. 

The collections – which feature more than 7,000 items – are housed in tailor-made buildings in Muscat. It is an innovative museum: the first public building in the Sultanate that includes advanced facilities for people with special needs, including Arabic Braille. It hosts the first museum Learning Centre in the Sultanate, which is designed to fulfill one of the new museum’s main purposes: to pass on knowledge of Omani history to the next generation. 

We are delighted to have collaborated with the museum to create the official guidebook to this major new international institution, published to mark its grand opening on April 16. Designed in an appealing compact format and illustrated throughout, it features highlights from the museum’s galleries including The Land and the People, Maritime History, Arms and Armour, Civilisation in the Making, Aflaj, Currency, Prehistory and Ancient History, Splendours of Islam, Oman and the World, Intangible Heritage and Oman’s modern Renaissance.

The guidebook’s front cover, pictured below, features a sa’idi-style khanjar dagger, which is the national symbol of Oman.