Are you planning to visit Abu Dhabi soon? If yes, then a one day tour to Abu Dhabi is probably the most exciting activity you will enjoy. And what better place for a day trip than world class Abu Dhabi Museum, These museums are stunning, intricately designed and unique in their kind. Here, we’ll tell you about the best and some of the most popular museums in Abu Dhabi.
Best Museums in Abu Dhabi
Here are some of the best museums in Abu Dhabi that preserve and testify to the rich Arab past of different eras. The architectural structures of these museums are highly artistic. Make sure you visit them all on your next trip to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
1. Emirates National Auto Museum
Emirates National Auto Museum (ENAM) is one of the best museums in Abu Dhabi. It houses a collection of about 200 cars that belongs to Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. It houses a range of classic American cars as well as a spectacular collection of off-road vehicles. The main point of attraction is the Sheikh’s Mercedes Rainbow collection and the world’s largest truck.
entrance fees: About 50 AED (or US$13.6).
Time: Every day from 9 am to 5 pm
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2. Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is so huge that if you wanted to see everything inside it, you would have to take about 100 days of vacation. Yes this is true. The Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is one of the largest museums in the United Arab Emirates. This ideal place for art lovers displays artworks from around the world.
Its attractive architecture with domed roof was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. A major point of attraction in this museum is the Salvator Mundi, which is the most expensive painting ever sold. The museum also includes a restaurant where visitors can dine.
entrance fees: Dh60
Time: 10 AM – 8 PM (Saturday to Wednesday), 10 AM – 10 PM (Thursday and Friday) (Closed Monday)
3. Heritage Village
This place will teach you about the past and culture of Abu Dhabi. It is located near Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Corniche Breakwater. If you are interested in the rich history of Abu Dhabi, Heritage Village is the place for you. You can experience life in a campfire with coffee pots and a tent made of goat hair.
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4. Qasr Al-Hosn
Qasr Al Hassan is known as the symbolic birthplace and the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi. Established as a watchtower by Sheikh Dhyab bin Isa in 1761, Qasr Al Hassan is also considered to be the first permanent structure built in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Therefore, it is one of the famous museums in Abu Dhabi. The museum is located at Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi.
5. Zayed National Museum
The Zayed National Museum is built in memory of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding President of the UAE. It has been designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Lord Norman Foster. This museum displays the story of Sheikh Zayed. Zayed National Museum is located on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.
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6. Al Ain National Museum
Al Ain National Museum is known as the oldest museum in the UAE, which was built by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Al Nahyan, former President of the UAE. The museum is divided into two parts, the ethnographic part and the archaeological part. The ethnographic part displays people’s lives during the pre-oil era. It displays various stages of their life like birth, education, marriage and working life.
On the other hand, the archaeological part displays old objects (antiquities) belonging to ancient times in chronological order. The museum is located on the eastern side of Al Ain Oasis, near Murabba Square.
7. Manarat Al Saadiyat
Manarat Al Saadiyat is located on Saadiyat Island and has now become a popular cultural destination for visitors. The museum has several galleries and rotating exhibitions that reflect the concepts of art, science and culture. It is spread over 15,400 square meters and also houses the Artifact retail store which offers a unique collection of products and books.
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8. Women’s Handicraft Center
The Women’s Handicrafts Center is a small museum run by the Abu Dhabi Women’s Association. It showcases the skills of local artists in the form of arts and crafts. Women artists produce many products such as handmade souvenirs, incense sticks and local costumes. You have to ask permission to take photographs here. Additionally, visitors must remove shoes before entering the workplace.
9. Etihad Modern Art Gallery
If you want to explore the best of all the museums and galleries in Abu Dhabi, you might consider the Etihad Modern Art Gallery. It is a unique gallery that displays a collection of art from local and international artists. Established in 2013, the gallery is open to the public from 10 am to 10 pm every day except Friday. It is located in the Al Batain area, near Al Huwelat Street in Abu Dhabi.
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