The property was built to defend against British attacks and former home to the Quwasim family it was later used as a police headquarters and jail before becoming home to the museum in 1987. The exhibits provide an interesting insight into the history and traditions of the region, including historical, cultural and archaeological material.
Located close to the Mohammed bin Salim Mosque at the western edge of the emirate, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is a historic fort in the northern emirate. Archaeological excavations and research suggest have revealed that this building was once the ruling family’s residence. Today, the museum showcases a collection of historical, archaeological, ethnographical and traditional material on display. The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, with its historical artefacts and all its storied past is a must-visit for all history and culture buffs. Wooden doors in RAK Museum display carving and the rooms are a national treasure. The towers and the overall architecture of this 19th-century fort depict the region’s architectural history. The rooms have antique wooden doors featuring carved designs, making it one of the best spots in Ras Al Khaimah. Visitors to the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah can also enjoy the exhibitions displayed in its rooms around the inner courtyard garden.
Many of the historic artefacts showcased in the museum have been generously donated by the ruling Quwasim family and residents of Ras Al Khaimah. Along with it, the Department of Antiquities and Museums has also added to the collection by undertaking surveys, scientific studies and archaeological excavations that are displayed in the museum. The popular emirate has many other places and historic sites of interest to visitors. Al Qasimi Palace is a popular destination where visitors can explore the history of the emirate. The palace is also an interesting spot for those eager to discover “haunted places”, as there are rumours abound about the fascinating history of this place. There are also a number of other things to do in Ras Al Khaimah.
*Important note about the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah.
Ras Al Khaimah National Museum Ticket Price: AED 5 for adults | AED 2 for children, Families: 15 AED
Sat – Thurs: 08:00 – 18:00
Fri: 15:00 – 18:00 Mon (Closed)
National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah
Al Hisn Rd – RAK City
Ras al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates.
Tel.: +971 7 233 9900
Fax: +971 7 233 1000
Photo courtesy: www.rakheritage.rak.ae
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