Oman’s artefacts: Glimpses of the past

With a history that dates back centuries and involves the contributions both to and from many civilisations around the world, people who come to Oman can get a glimpse into what the past was like, thanks to the many collections of artefacts housed across the country.

Some relics that are hundreds of years old have been carefully and painstakingly restored and are available to the public when they visit museums in Oman, while many others are available on display in many of the country’s forts.

While many artefacts are of course kept in the capital, Muscat, there is no dearth of them in the other parts of the country as well, particularly when it comes to those that had a significant impact in shaping local traditions and customs.

“Thanks to its strategic position at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate has always played a major role in trade including the ancient Silk Road and spice routes where Oman served as a gateway for all ships traversing the Strait of Hormuz, Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea,” said Oman’s Ministry of Tourism. “Al Wattih, in the Muscat region, is thought to be one of the world’s first inhabited settlements, with artefacts dating back to the Stone Age.”

A number of museums in Muscat and other cities contain a plethora of relics that show visitors to these areas just how rich and extensive the country’s history is, and are well worth a visit. Among the more prominent of these is Bait Al Zubair, while in some interior areas, forts such as the one in Nakhal are also a must-see for a further exploration into Oman’s legacy across the millennia.

The Ministry of Tourism said, “In Muscat, attractions like The National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman, Bait Al Baranda and Bait Al Zubair offer a glimpse into the country’s past with well-preserved artefacts from daily life and works of art. Bait Al Safah is located in Al Hamra, in one of Oman’s best-preserved old towns, and is a living museum. Visitors can experience locals demonstrating traditional ways of making Omani coffee, bread making and more.”