Muscat Cultural Walking Tour, Muscat (Self Guided)

The impressive cultural and historic heritage of Muscat is duly reflected in its museums. Informative and insightful, most of them are popular tourist destinations and are worth visiting. Follow this tour to the most prominent museums of Muscat.
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Muscat Cultural Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Muscat Cultural Walking Tour
Guide Location: Oman » Muscat (See other walking tours in Muscat)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: leticia
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Muscat Gate Museum

1) Muscat Gate Museum (must see)

The Muscat Gate Museum is a museum opened in January 2001. The museum contains displays about Oman's history from the Neolithic times to the present. It has a number of special exhibits on Muscat's water springs, the ancient wells, underground channels, the souks, houses, mosques, harbors and forts.

Operation hours: Sunday - Thursday: 8 am - 2 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bait Muzna Gallery

2) Bait Muzna Gallery

Bait Muzna Gallery is located just opposite Bayt Az-Zubair in a renovated traditional house, originally the home of a member of the Oman Royal Family. Opened in 2000, the gallery features some wonderful works of art by Omani artists and collectors' items, such as mandoos (wooden, brass-fitted dowry chests), Omani doors, and Bedouin jewelry.

Operation hours: Saturday - Thursday 9.30 am - 5Ș30 pm.
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Bait Al-Zubair

3) Bait Al-Zubair

The Bait Al-Zubair museum is located on Al Saidiya Street in a marvelously restored house. The museum displays a wide range of the national heritage exhibits, including photographs, traditional handicrafts, ancient household equipment, weapons, furniture, jewelry, coins, early European maps and prints of the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa, documents, books and manuscripts.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday 9.30 am - 6 pm.
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Omani-French Museum

4) Omani-French Museum

The Omani French Museum is a heritage museum, located in the former residence of the French Consul, Bait Faransa, in the old quarter of Muscat.

The white building which was essentially a palace, was initially established as a present by the Sultan Assayed / Faisal bin Turki to the French Consul in Muscat in 1896. On January 29, 1992, Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the late French President François Mitterrand established a museum in the palace to preserve the historical Omani-French relations. The museum has a substantial collection of items to this effect including photographs of the early French diplomats, historical documents, Omani - French ships, Omani and French costumes and jewelery and furniture.

Operation hours: Sunday - Thursday: 8 am - 1:30 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Al Jalali Fort

5) Al Jalali Fort (must see)

Fabulous Al Jalali Fort is one of Oman's finest historic fortifications. Located on the top of a rocky outcrop, the fort provides magnificent views of the harbor and the old city, including Muscat's most impressive sight — the Sultan's Al Alam Palace.

Walking Tours in Muscat, Oman

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Create Your Own Walk in Muscat

Creating your own self-guided walk in Muscat is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Wadi Kabir Self-Guided Tour

Wadi Kabir Self-Guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Muscat Religious Buildings Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
Muttrah Walk

Muttrah Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Muscat for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Muscat has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Muscat, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.