Al Alam Palace and National Museum
The National Museum of the Sultanate of Oman, established by royal decree in 2013 and opened July 30, 2016, is the Sultanate's flagship cultural institution, showcasing the nation’s heritage from the earliest human settlement in the Oman Peninsula some two million years ago through to the present day.
Al Alam Palace (Palace of the Flag) was built in 1972, two years after the still-reigning Sultan ousted his father in a British-backed coup. It is one of the funkiest royal palaces you’re ever likely to see, with mushroom columns in turquoise and gold. A short stroll away, the National Museum provides a first-rate introduction to the history of Oman. Allow a couple of hours to take in the interactive exhibits and interesting short films – and don’t leave without sampling dates with qahwa (cardamom-infused coffee) in the ground-floor cafe.
Open Sat-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 2pm-6pm; 5 rials/£10 adult, free for children and students under 26 .