28 Best Heritage Museums & Locations in Dubai

Dubai truly tries to uplift and preserve its heritage and the city has devoted plenty of resources to showcasing its past and roots—a very honorable mission and one that is necessary given the rapid growth the city has faced.

This is a ranking of the best heritage sites in Dubai.

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1. Dubai Heritage & Diving Village – Best Heritage Zone in Dubai


Get ready for a blast from the past with this thing-to-see in Dubai.

Prepare to see a collection of zones showcasing past Dubai traditions of diving & weaving along with a showcasing of traditional architecture & way of life. Also Try: Ultimate Palaces & Forts in Dubai (Almost GONE 2017!)

Cost: Free

Timings: Saturday to Thursday from 8.30am to 8.30pm; Friday from 2.30pm to 8.30pm

Contact: (971) 04 515-5000

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


2. Dubai Museum – Best Heritage Museum in Dubai


This small museum features maps and paintings dating back to 3000 BC and gives a vivid view into the culture of the city and a glimpse into the past lives of those who lived here for centuries. Also Try: Best art Museums in Dubai (Very RARE!)

Cost: AED 3 per Adults; AED 1 for children under 12

Timings: Saturday to Thursday from 8.30am to 8.30pm; Friday from 2.30pm to 8.30pm

Contact: 800-4003

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


3. The Women’s Museum of Bait Al Banat – Best Women’s Heritage Museum in Dubai


Bait al Banat museum’s name translates to the “The Girl’s House.”

This museum aims to preserve the history on women in the UAE. The museum features a gallery showcasing the achievements of Emirati women Also Try: Best Souks in Dubai (Only 2017!)

Cost: AED 20

Timings: Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 7pm

Contact: (971) 04 234-2342

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


4. Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House – Best Preserved Traditonal School


Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House was established in 1912. Today, it serves as a museum showing visitors a reminiscent view of how the education system used to be in the Dubai prior to globalization. It also offers a look at detailed traditional architecture.

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Cost: Free

Timings: Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 7.30pm; Friday from 2.30pm to 7.30pm

Contact: (971) 04 226-0286

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


5. BONUS: Al Ain Palace Museum – Best Archaic Palace in UAE


Al Ain Palace Museum palace was built in 1910 for Abu Dhabi’s ruling family. This giant fort houses memorabilia of the ruling family, and it also offers stunning architectural sights.

Cost: Free

Timings: Daily from 8.30am to 7.30pm; Friday from 3pm to 7.30pm; closed on Monday

Contact: (971) 03 751-7755

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


6. Dubai Pearl Museum – Best Museum Display of Local Pearls


This small museum showcases 50 kilograms of pearls and showcases the lives of pearl divers. Pearl diving used to be a major sector of UAE’s economy and thus its unsurprising that its being showcased through a prominent museum.

Cost: Free

Timings: By appointment only

Contact: (971) 04 201-2713

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


7. BONUS: Heritage Village Abu Dhabi – Rising Heritage Village in UAE


Heritage Village Abu Dhabi shows the growth and development of Abu Dhabi. It features a look into the houses that existed prior to the oil discovery and how life used to be back then. It also has workshops showcasing traditional craft skills. Also Try: Best Things to do in Abu Dhabi (Shocking!)

Cost: Free

Timings: Saturday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm; Friday from 3.30pm to 9pm

Contact: (971) 02 681-4455

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


8. Etihad Museum – Best Local History Museum in Dubai


The Etihad museum features 8 fixed galleries and 1 rotating gallery that features different items per rotation. It features plenty of pieces showcasing the development of Dubai and certain timings allow visitors to take part in interactive shows.

Cost: Free

Timings: Daily 10 AM – 8 PM

Contact: (971) 04 515-5771

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


9. Dubai Coffee Museum – Leading Local Coffee Culture Museum in Dubai


A museum for coffee lovers! Coffee has been a part of Emirati culture for ages. The ground floor features 6 rooms showcasing live demonstrations of coffee brewing and roasting styles from across the globe. You get to try the coffees as you take a comfy seat in the lounge.

Cost: Free

Timings: Daily from 9am to 5pm, closed on Friday

Contact: (971) 04 353-8777

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


10. BONUS: Al Ain National Museum – Heritage Zone Founded by UAE’s Most Celebrated Leader


Al Ain National Museum museum was established by UAE’s late founder. It gives insight into Al Ain and its people dating centuries back. Its primer focus is on ethnography and archaeology, and it includes a unique gift shop selling traditional Bedouin jewelry and tools. Some of the heritage artefacts featured here date back to 3000 BC.

Cost: AED 3 per person, AED 1 for children under 10

Timings: Daily from 8.30am to 7.30pm; Friday from 3pm to 7.30pm; closed on Monday

Contact: (971) 03 711-8331

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5


11. BONUS: Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization – Best Islamic Heritage Location in UAE


Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization features artefacts that give a detailed insight and view of the Islamic civilizations development throughout history and its structure under and through various empires and leaderships. It doesn’t just reflect upon history as it has dedicated wings for Islamic arts, and it has many artefacts from the Islamic World dating back to the birth of the religion in the 600s.

Cost: AED 10 per adult, AED 3 for children under 12, free for children under 2

Timings: Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm, Fridays from 4pm to 8pm

Contact: (971) 06 565-5455

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4/5

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12. Dubai Municipality Museum – Best Governance Heritage Display in Dubai


This small museum features the growth of the local municipality system. The museums showcases original manuscripts and official documents.

Cost: Free

Timings: Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 2pm

Contact: 04 2253312

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


13. Dubai Police Museum – Best Law Enforcement Development Display in Dubai


Dubai Police Museum is a celebration of the city’s law enforcement. The museum features three halls which feature weapons and official tools used the Dubai Police.

Cost: Free (Note that visitors must complete an online form from the Dubai Police)

Timings: Daily from 9.30am to 1.30pm except weekends and official holidays

Contact: (971) 04 269-2222

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


14. BONUS: Fujairah Museum – Display for Oldest Artefacts Found in UAE


The Fujairah Museum features artefacts discovered from the emirate. Some of the artefacts displayed here date back to 5000 BC. Its beautiful architecture resembles that of a fortress.

Cost: AED 5 per person

Timings: Sunday to Thursday from 8.30am to 1.30pm and 4.30pm to 6.30pm; Friday from 2.30pm to 6.30pm

Contact: (971) 09 222-9085

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5

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15. Dubai Soil Museum – Most Unique Heritage Zone in Dubai


This tiny museum is devoted to soil. It showcases the importance of soil and the role it plays in urban development.

Cost: Free

Timings: Sunday to Thursday from 8.30am to 4.30pm

Contact: (971) 04 336-1100

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


16. Horse Museum – Most Popular Local Animal Heritage Location in Dubai (Tie)


A museum celebrating horses; this might be of interest to animal lovers! This museum is some-what large and features everything about horses and horse racing, and it stresses on how Arabic culture intertwined with the Arabian horse.

Cost: Free

Timings: Sunday to Thursday from 8am until 2pm; closed on Friday and Saturday

Contact: (971) 04 515-5000

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3/5


17. Camel Museum – Most Popular Local Animal Heritage Location in Dubai (Tie)


A museum about camels is a must-mention for heritage related things in Dubai. This museum was built in 1940 and teaches about camels and camel-racing. It discusses and promotes care for the animal and the many benefits it provides. It even delves into the life and growth & development of a camel.

Cost: Free

Timings: Sunday to Thursday, from 8am until 2pm; closed on Friday and Saturday

Contact: (971) 04 515-5000

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3/5

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18. Coin Museum – Leading Local Currency Display


This small museum features 7 rooms that display 470 coins that display the monetary system of the British Empire, India, the UAE, and some other Arab countries.

Cost: Free

Timings: Sunday to Thursday 8am to 2pm

Contact: (971) 04 353-9090

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3/5


19. Naif Museum – Leading Archaic Arms Museums in Dubai


This fort showcases Dubai’s first police station. It also displays the uniforms, weapons, and equipment used by the police then.

Cost: Free

Timings: Sunday to Thursday from 8am until 2pm, closed on Friday and Saturday

Contact: (971) 04 515-5000

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3/5


20. Saruq al Hadid Archaeology Museum – Leading Traditional Architecture Preserve in Dubai


Saruq al Hadid Archaeology Museum is massive and it was built in 1928! The museum features traditional architecture and 10 rooms showcasing the archaeological components of Dubai.

Cost: AED 20

Timings: From Sunday to Thursday, from 8am until 2pm, closed on Friday and Saturday

Contact: (971) 04 515-5000

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3/5


21. BONUS: Al Eslah School Museum Sharjah – One of the Oldest Schools in UAE


Al Eslah School was the first formal school in Sharjah! This is another school museum that gives a look into the traditional education system and infrastructure in the country, prior to the effects of globalization.

Cost: Free

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

Contact: (971) 06 565-5466

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3/5


22. BONUS: Sharjah Heritage Museum – Most Engaging Display of Heritage Artefacts


The museum displays the details of the life of the citizens of the country and their culture, dating back decades. It shows the differences in life of those who lived on the coast against those who lived in the mountains. Essentially, it celebrates the Emirati culture and heritage.

Cost: AED 10 per Adult, AED 5 per child

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

Contact: (971) 06 568-0006

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3/5

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23. BONUS: Sharjah Maritime Museum – Best Maritime Heritage Museum


This small museum allows visitors a view of the country’s maritime customs and how the sea fed the country’s economy prior to the discovery of oil. It displays traditional dhows that were used for fishing, trading, and pearling.

Cost: AED 10 per Adult, AED 5 per child

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

Contact: (971) 06 522-2002

Dubaing ScoreTM: 2.5/5


24. BONUS: Abu Dhabi Maritime Museum – Expected to be UAE’s Best Heritage Museum (Tie)


This museum will be focused on the importance of the Arabian Gulf for the country. The museum will be designed utilizing real parts of a ship and will include a massive aquarium topped with a real traditional dhow.

NOTE: Coming Soon

Predicted Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


25. BONUS: Zayed National Museum – Expected to be UAE’s Best Heritage Museum (Tie)


This museum will be established in Abu Dhabi and will feature the culture, history, and the social and economic transformation of the country.

NOTE: Far from Completion

Predicted Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


This ranking is competitive; Contenders 26, 27 and 28 are currently omitted as their Dubaing ScoreTM fell below 2.5. The ranking is updated every week; they will be visible again if their score rises above 2.5.

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