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Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Al Fahidi Fort, Al Fahidi Street, Dubai

The Basics

Housed in Dubai’s oldest structure—built in 1787—the Dubai Museum gives visitors insight into a side of the city hard to imagine amid all the ultramodern skyscrapers. The museum is a highlight on many city tours, along with other popular Dubai attractions such as the Jumeirah Mosque, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Creek, and the Gold and Spice souks.

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Dubai City Tour with Guide - Old and New Dubai sightseeing tour
Dubai City Tour with Guide - Old and New Dubai sightseeing tour
star-4.5
$59.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great photo opp tour
Excellent tour guide and driver, very knowledgeable and very clear at explaining what was happening during the morning. A. Great way to see the sights for some photo opportunities.
Glenn_B, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dubai

star-5
Day tour of Dubai
Declan_K, Sep 2021
Dubai City Tour with Guide - Old and New Dubai sightseeing tour
Very informative and friendly guide. Good tour. Shame the Dubai museum was closed due to COVID restrictions
star-5
Fantastic trip
Ilda_M, Dec 2021
Dubai half day tour with Entry ticket to Burj Khalifa at the Top
Loved, unmissable tour. women have to be careful with cloth, they are very demanding, entering the mosque.
star-5
Excellent tour especially with Rafiq
Saqab_Z, Dec 2021
Dubai City Tour with Guide - Old and New Dubai sightseeing tour
Excellent tour around the city with a small pleasant boat ride across the creek. Rafiq guide was great with the info and funny too. Very recommended
star-5
A must do trip round old Dubai with food too.
Dandasugden, Nov 2021
The 10 Tastings of Dubai With Locals: Private Food Tour
It was a personal tour with Orlina. Very special and great to have her all to ourselves. Orlina’s knowledge of Dubai and UAE history was great. She answered every question. Was great to learn and see loads about how Dubai has grown. Excellent trip round many key areas and the food tasting was brilliant addition. Lovely food and restaurants. Would highly recommend Orlina. She made us feel special.
star-4
I loved learning about...
Carrie_K, Nov 2021
Dubai City Half-Day City Tour
I loved learning about the history and seeing all the great sites. Would have liked a little more time to shop at the souks and learn how to barter to get the spices I wanted and maybe a gold piece or two. Our guide was fabulous and told us all the history of the old city and took us to great picture opportunities. A great introduction to what we needed to explore more in depth
star-5
Very good tour
Susana_V, Nov 2021
Old and Modern Dubai City Tour with Dubai Frame Visit and Blue Mosque Visit
It was an amazing tour. We get the overview of the City in just a few hours. Our tour guide was very experient and gave us a lot of information about the City. We really liked and we really recomend it if you're just passing through Dubai for a short period of time.
star-5
Old Souk
cherylbaldwin2015, Nov 2021
Dubai Aladdin Tour: Souks, Creek, Old Dubai and Tastings ( Small-Group)
Sammi was an excellent tour guide and we enjoyed our time on this tour. Very informative and interesting.
star-5
Awesome day!
CarrieJ_S, Nov 2021
The 10 Tastings of Dubai With Locals: Private Food Tour
The guide Orlina was very informative on more than just food. She gave us lots of insight to cultural issues and how he country is run.
star-4
Great
Lorraine_S, Nov 2021
Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Great bus tour - very informative . Good tour of the city . Commentary very good. Didn’t know about the hour stop at the mall. When got back to bus too deck nearly full
star-5
Mahmoud makes touring Old Dubai fun, personable, tasty AND an amazing learning experience! 11/10 would recommend!
Rachel_S, Nov 2021
Explore Old Dubai,Al Fahidi District, Museums, Markets, Foods&Abra "Small Group"
My husband & I had SUCH a great time with Mahmoud!! We did the 5:30pm tour and it was beautiful to see the sunset colors & Old Dubai lit up at night. It felt like a totally private tour (was only us 2 and Mahmoud), and he took care of us so well! Great snacks and treats all along the way, and he helped us bargain for lower prices in the souks! He’s the man!! Would veey highly recommend this tour - learned so much more about Dubai and especially the history and culture! It’s an 11/10 from us.
star-5
Great tour with amazon guide
sharelle_T, Nov 2021
Dubai City Half-Day City Tour
our guide Mr. Nimesh was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw many sights on our afternoon tour and had a enjoyable afternoon. I would recommend this tour to anyone in Dubai that is looking to learn.
star-4
A little overpriced
Olivier_D, Nov 2021
Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Nice narrated tour with many available languages. However only 1 bus per hour, therefore if you miss the bus at a stop, you will have to wait another hour. The problem is that you don't really know when the bus is coming as it doesn't follow the schedule. We had to wait for 30 minutes passed the scheduled pick up time at stop 6 (Gold Souq). The actual schedule did not strictly follow the map as stops 8 and 9 were swapped. I found it a little too expensive compared to other Viator offerings...

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Dubai Museum is a must-see for history buffs.

  • See the museum as part of a city sightseeing tour, with stops at several other popular attractions.

  • The Dubai Museum is accessible to wheelchair users, but there are some steep walkways that may require assistance for manual wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

To reach the Dubai Museum, either walk along Al Fahidi Street through the backstreets of Bastakia or make your way there from Bur Dubai Souq. The Dubai Museum is a short walk from both the Bhubaiba and Fahidi bus and metro stations. Limited free public parking is also available.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily (limited hours on Fridays) except for during Ramadan, when the museum remains closed on Fridays. Despite being in the oldest building in Dubai, the museum is completely air-conditioned, making it a perfect way to spend an hour or so during the hottest part of the afternoon.

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History of Al Fahidi Fort

Located on the southern shores of Dubai Creek, the 200-year-old Al Fahidi Fort was built at what was then the edge of urban Dubai to lend protection to the city. Throughout its history, the building served as an arsenal for weapons and artillery, and as a prison before it became a museum in 1971.

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