Thousands visit nature and history museum in Salalah
July 20, 2019 | 9:34 PM
by Times News Service

Muscat: Over 65,000 people have visited the Museum of the Land of Frankincense to learn more about Oman’s nature and history so far this year.

The museum boasts 13 different sectioAmer Ahmed Al Rawas, Administrative Assistant of Cultural Relationshipsns, ranging from history to seafaring and the development of Oman through the ages. Visitors pay OMR2 per person to enter.

at the Museum of the Land of Frankincense, exclusively told Times of Oman, “There was a grand total of 68,610 visitors to the Museum up until July 16, 2019.”

Speaking about what the museum has to offer, he added, “The museum offers visitors and researchers a summary of the country’s march through time, as well as a chance to learn about its long history and marine culture through the ages all the way to the present.”

“The museum does this through two halls,” he said. “The first hall is the history hall and the second is the marine hall.” All together, the two halls combined have 13 sections which include geography, ancient history, the history of the area, Oman’s first introductions to Islam, as well as the renaissance. They also include Oman’s most important seafaring moments, shipbuilding, and sections for commerce, sailing, virtual reality experiences, and the renaissance from the point of view of sea trade.

According to Al Rawas, the museum welcomes a large number of tourists every year, and all of these tourists have different needs that call for different entertainment and education approaches.

Al Rawas said, “The museum welcomes tourists and introduces them to Omani history and also organises many field visits for schoolchildren. Additionally the museum organises events as well as documentaries and workshops for students through its multimedia section.

“Our museum also contributes to the educational and cultural evolution of Oman in a way that was not scientifically feasible until the time of the renaissance, led by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who launched sustainable and comprehensive development in all fields,” he added.

According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information, visitors to the museum are comprised of three types, which are general visitors, delegations and students.

The Ministry of Tourism said in a statement that Najib Bilala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife in Kenya, visited the Museum of the Land of Frankincense in the governorate on Thursday, July 18.

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