One of the most well-known attractions in Salalah, the Museum of the Land of Frankincense is a must-visit when at this seaside destination and provides captivating insights into the region’s past.
Planning a Visit
This museum can be found next to the Al Baleed Archaeological Park and Anantara Al Baleed Resort Salalah overlooking the ocean which adds to the site’s charm. It is generally open from 8:00am to 2:00pm and then again from 4:00pm to 8:00pm; these hours can differ on weekends, while on Fridays, it’s open from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Ensure you also explore the Al Baleed Archaeological Park which is part of the “Land of Frankincense”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What to Expect
Those visiting this museum from nearby Salalah hotels have much to look forward to on their visit to this attraction which even has a frankincense tree; this is quite symbolic since the region was a key part of the frankincense trade. At this site, one will find several halls where one can see excavated artefacts from places like Al Baleed and Ash Shisr and models of boats from ancient times; visitors can also learn about the archaeological heritage of the Governorate of Dhofar.
The Maritime Hall is the first section you will come across at the museum and it provides fascinating information on everything from the maritime trade and boat building to life at sea and the navigation skills of seafarers. Amongst the highlights here are the intricately carved wooden boat models such as the Sambuq and Battil, while the model of a Baghla is impressive as well.
Another key section at the Museum of the Land of Frankincense is the History Hall where one can view exhibits of the neighbouring Al Baleed Archaeological Park and other historical sites; these include metalwork, ancient pottery and more. Also of interest are the manuscripts of the Holy Quran, a copy of a letter sent to the Omani people by the Prophet Mohammed and even models of tombs and mosques in the country.