For history lovers, the National Museum is a must-visit attraction in Ras Al Khaimah. The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah tells the story of the ancient city through its rare artifacts and fascinating exhibits. The museum is one of the few museums in the world that has been continuously inhabited over 7,000 years. The exhibits display the archaeology, city’s natural history, and mainly the ethnography since prehistoric times. Don’t miss this beautiful museum of Ras Al Khaimah anyhow!
The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is located In the western part of Ras Al Khaimah city in a fort that was the residence of the ruling family until the early 1960s. The National Museum houses a collection of archaeological and ethnological artifacts. The Qawasim Room on the first floor contains documents, manuscripts and treaties between the rulers of Ras Al Khaimah and the UK Government, as well as some traditional weapons belonging to the ruling family. The museum’s exhibits feature discoveries from the earliest settlers to the late Islamic period. Traditional life in Ras al-Khaimah is the highlight of the Ethnographical display. Visitors will learn about architecture, pearl diving, date agriculture, farming and fishing in the various galleries.
Many rooms inside the Late Fort are open to the public and exhibit archaeological, historical and ethnographical objects. The artifacts and collections were partly donated by members of the ruling Quwasim family and residents of Ras Al Khaimah. Archaeological excavations, surveys and various scientific research projects undertaken by the Department of Antiquities and Museums have provided further material and significant information about the culture and the traditions of the area. All exhibition rooms are situated around the inner courtyard garden and can be entered through antique wooden doors with traditional carved designs. The various galleries contain a rich variety of archaeological finds, historical information and aspects of the cultural heritage of this emirate. Further galleries are planned in the near future to supplement the present exhibitions.