Are you planning to visit Abu Dhabi any time soon? If so, a day tour of Abu Dhabi is probably the most exciting activity that you’d prefer. And for a day tour, what could be a place better than the world-class Abu Dhabi museums. These museums are stunning, intricately designed and are one of their kind. Here, we will let you know the best and some of the most popular museums in Abu Dhabi.
Best Museums In Abu Dhabi
Here are some of the best museums in Abu Dhabi that preserve and testify the rich Arabian past from different eras. The architectural structures of these museums are highly artistic. Make sure you visit all of them on your next trip to the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.
1. Emirates National Auto Museum
The Emirates National Auto Museum (ENAM) is among the best Abu Dhabi museums. It contains a collection of around 200 cars which belongs to Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. It has a great collection of off-road vehicles along with an array of classic American cars. The main point of attraction is Sheikh’s Mercedes rainbow collection and the world’s largest truck.
Entry fee: 50 AED (or US$13.6) approximately
Timings: 9 am – 5 pm every day
2. Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is so vast that if you want to see everything inside it, you are required to take leave for almost 100 days. Yes, this is true. Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is one of the biggest museums in the United Arab Emirates. This perfect haven for art lovers showcases artworks from all over the world.
Its fascinating architecture featuring a domed roof has been designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. One of the key points of attraction in this museum is the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold. The museum also includes a restaurant where visitors can food.
Entry fee: Dh60
Timings: 10am – 8pm (Saturday to Wednesday), 10am – 10pm (Thursday & Friday) (Monday remains closed)
3. Heritage Village
This place will teach you about the past and culture of Abu Dhabi. It is located near Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Corniche Breakwater. If you are interested in the rich history of Abu Dhabi, Heritage Village is the place to be. You can experience a campfire with coffee pots and life in a tent made up of goats’ hair.
4. Qasr al-Hosn
The Qasr Al Hasan is known as the symbolic birthplace and the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi. Established as a watchtower in 1761 by Sheikh Dhiyab Bin Isa, Qasr Al Hasan is also deemed as the first permanent structure built in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Hence, it is one of the famous museums in Abu Dhabi. The museum is located at Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi.
5. Zayed National Museum
The Zayed National Museum is built in the memory of the UAE’s founding president, late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is drafted by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Lord Norman Foster. This museum displays the story of Shaikh Zayed. The Zayed National Museum is located in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.
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6. Al Ain National Museum
The Al Ain National Museum is known as the oldest museum in the United Arab Emirates which was built by the former UAE president, late Shaikh Zayed bin Al Nahyan. The museum is divided into two parts, Ethnographic part, and Archaeological part. The ethnographic part displays the life of the people during the pre-oil era. It displays different phases of their life such as birth, education, marriage, and working life.
On the other side, the archaeological part displays the old objects (antiques) related to the ancient ages in a chronological order. The Museum is located on the east side of Al Ain oasis, near the Murabba roundabout.
7. Manarat Al Saadiyat
The Manarat Al Saadiyat is located on Saadiyat Island and has now become a popular cultural spot for the visitors. The museum has multiple galleries and rotating exhibitions that illustrate the concept of art, science, and culture. It is spread across 15, 400 square meters and also contains artifact retail store which offers a unique collection of products and books.
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8. Women’s Handicraft Centre
The women’s handicraft center is a small museum run by the Abu Dhabi Women’s Association. It displays the skills of the local artists in the form of art and crafts. The female artists prepare several products such as handmade souvenirs, incense, and local dresses. You must ask for permission to capture photos here. Also, the visitors are required to remove shoes before entering the workplace.
9. Etihad Modern Art Gallery
If you want to explore the best among all the museums and galleries in Abu Dhabi, then you can consider Etihad Modern Art Gallery. It is a unique gallery which displays the art collections of local as well as international artists. The gallery, established in 2013, is open to the public every day from 10 am to 10 pm except Fridays. It is located at Al Bateen Area, near Al Huwaylat Street in Abu Dhabi.
To behold the fine architecture and excellent craftsmanship that Abu Dhabi has to showcase, a visit to these top Abu Dhabi museums is a must! Book a UAE tour package now!
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