National Museum

The National Museum in Ras Al Khaimah

The National Museum in Ras Al Khaimah

For history buffs, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is a can’t-miss attraction. Through fascinating exhibits and rare artifacts, it tells the story of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the few places in the world to have been continuously inhabited for more than 7,000 years.

The museum is housed in an 18th century gypsum and stone fort, the former seat of the ruling Al Qasimi family. It was the active residence of the Qawasim Sheikhs until the reign of His Highness Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the father of the current ruler.

Exhibits currently on display showcase the area’s natural history, archaeology, and ethnography from prehistoric times through the rise of the Qawasim. Items to view include Iron Age softstone vessels with intricate patterns, terracotta urns from the 18th century, and trading wares from the pre-modern port city of Julfar.