Dubai's 7 Best Art Museums

Art is beautiful, inspiring, and powerful. It moves our hearts, minds, and even inspires revolutions; therefore a thorough detail of where in Dubai to appreciate mankind’s most prominent form of expression is a must.

Dubai and the rest of the United Arab Emirates presently possess a small inventory of art museums, but breathtaking museums like the Louvre and Guggenheim are on the way!

This is a ranking of the best art museums in Dubai and the UAE; the ranking includes museums that are on the way!

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1. BONUS: Louvre Abu Dhabi – UAE's Best Museum


The Louvre is one of the most renowned museums in the world.

The Abu Dhabi extension of the Louvre encompasses both modern architecture and the region’s traditional architectural domes. The museum features its own world-class collection hosts exhibitions loaned from the Louvre in Paris. The Louvre’s opening in UAE has heightened the country’s presence in the world of art.

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5

Cost: AED 60 for adults; 50% off for 13 – 22-year-olds & education professionals; Free for children under 13

Timing: Every day from 11 AM to 8 PM; Closed Mondays

Contact: (971) 600 56-55-66


2. Dubai Moving Images Museum – Best Photography Museum in Dubai


A museum dedicated to photography and optics. It features pieces dating back to the twelfth century! The museum is quite interactive as it allows you to not only touch, but also use replicas, and sometimes even originals, of archaic photo tools. Dubai Moving Images Museum is established through the private collection of a businessman who hopes to spread his joy for photographic arts. Also Try: Essential Things to See & Do in Dubai (Do NOT Miss Out!)

Keep in mind that this museum is very small!

Cost: AED 50 for adults, AED 25 for children or students with valid ID

Timings: Daily from 11am to 6pm; except Friday

Contact: (971) 04 421-6679

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


3. BONUS: Sharjah Art Museum – Best Art Museum in UAE


The Sharjah Art museum offers large galleries and exhibitions giving visitors an opportunity to appreciate extremely large collections of art. The museum hosts rotating seasonal exhibitions and regular programs and workshops that interact with visitors.

The massive museum stands 3 stories high and features over 500 unique pieces. Ranked: Best Science Museums in Dubai (FANCY)

Cost: Free

Timing: Saturday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm; Friday from 4pm to 8pm

Contact: (971) 06 568-8222

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


4. BONUS: Sharjah Calligraphy Museum – Best Calligraphy Museum in UAE


The Sharjah Calligraphy Museum is celebration of an art form that is extremely popular in the Middle East and Islamic culture! This museum hosts calligraphic works from both local and international artists. Ranked: Best Heritage Zones in Dubai (Few Remain)

Cost: AED 10 per Adult, AED 5 per child

Timings: Saturday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm; Friday from 4pm to 8pm

Contact: (971) 06 569-4561

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4/5


5. BONUS: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi – Expected to be UAE’s Best Museum (Tie)


Guggenheim’s global brand of museums is coming to Abu Dhabi! The museum features jaw-dropping architecture and will include massive collections of modern art. It will be a world-class museum featuring educational courses, fixed exhibitions, visiting galleries, and rotating showcases. Ranked: Best Things to Do in Abu Dhabi (Many are FREE)

Note: Coming Soon (2018)

Predicted Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


This ranking is competitive; Contenders 6 and 7 are currently omitted as their Dubaing ScoreTM fell below 3.5. The ranking is updated every week; they will be visible again if their score rises above 3.5.

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