These Dubai museums are free today and here’s why

Dubai has some great museums and if you’ve never visited three of the best-rated, today it’s absolutely free to do so.

To celebrate International Museum Day, Dubai Culture has announced that entry to some of its museums will be free on Saturday (18th May).

Get yourselves along to Etihad Museum, Al Shindagha Museum, and Dubai Museum and you’ll skip the normal entry charges.

The trio of attractions are open every day except Friday during Ramadan, from 10am-5pm.

Here’s why each knowledge-packed hangout is absolutely worth your time.


Etihad Museum

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Built to resemble the unification manuscript that brought the Emirates together in 1971 and sited next to Union House, where the actual document was signed, the museum celebrates the culture and history of the Emirates.

Jumeirah Beach Road. General admission usually AED 25, under fives and people with disabilities go free. or call 04 515 5771.


Al Shindagha Museum

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Recently-opened museum on the banks of Dubai Creek. Discover the place where trade with the outside world began, while being guided step-by-step through Dubai’s extraordinary development, including the first bank, the first police house and the first market and a perfume house.

Al Shindagha. 04 515 5336. Admission usually AED 15 for adults aged 24 and over, students and children AED 5, groups and families of five people and above, AED 10. Free for under fives and people of determination.


Dubai Museum

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Opened in 1971 in the former 200-year-old Al Fahidi Fort, the museum is probably one of the oldest buildings in Dubai. Dubai’s progress from pearl diving and fishing to tourism and oil is captured in a series of engaging dioramas. There’s also a mock souk and exhibits of Bedouin life.

Al Fahidi Fort, opposite the Grand Mosque. Admission usually AED 3 adults, AED 1 for children. 04 353 1862.

International Museums Day is organised by the International Council of Museums and has been an annual celebration since 1977. It will definitely take more than a day to see all the ones Dubai has to offer, so here are a few more suggestions for you to check out…including the emirate’s police museum and museum of coffee.

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