Located along the Gulf of Oman is the historic city of Sur. Known throughout history as being an important trading port and economic centre, Sur still serves as an economic hub of Oman. The city is most famous for its shipbuilding, and is currently one of Oman’s most reputed dhow-building cities. Sur is also home to beautiful beaches and historic landmarks as well, with plenty of great accommodation options such as Sur Plaza Hotel Oman which offers a host of recreational facilities, luxury dining services, and many other amenities and comforts.
Of the many interesting landmarks of Sur, one which showcases Oman’s history and its seafaring and naval prowess is the Maritime Museum. Oman was a dominant in sea power in ancient times and the Maritime Museum is a great place to witness the proud heritage of the Omani navy and seafaring. One can also gain many valuable insights about the history of the region and the trade and naval practices that existed in the region during ancient times, and is sure to be an interesting and intriguing experience.
The Maritime Museum of Sur was established in 1987 and is home to a large collection of artifacts and items of great historic and cultural importance. Being a city that has consistently been associated with the sea, Sur is actually the ideal location for a Maritime Museum. One can witness numerous implements and tools that were used throughout the ages to design and equip ships and boats, along with many historic equipment which was used to navigate ships and boats. In addition to these items, one can also find sculptures and uniforms of historic sailors and naval figures of Oman as well as rare details about their exploits in the region. The Museum also boasts of a large collection of rare photographs and eminent historic figures of Oman and famous vessels that were used over the years. One of the major highlights of the museum is a life size model ‘ghanjah’ ship, which is a testament to the skill and dedication of the shipbuilders of Sur, as these vessels are both complex and intricate. So for an enlightening experience about the maritime history of Oman, visit the Maritime Museum.
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