Housed in what’s now known as Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum
opened in 1971, the same year the UAE was formed. The building itself was built in 1787, and served as a defensive garrison as well as a royal residence. It was later used as an artillery arsenal and prison, before being renovated and reopened as the city's first official museum.
Here you can find a series of exhibits themed around different environments, including marine, coastal, desert, mountain and agricultural life. There are plenty of historical photographs and artefacts that lend a sense of place, while complementary audio and video clips help bring the past to life. Don't miss the charming courtyard in the centre of Al Fahidi Fort that displays models of traditional dhow sailing boats.
Cost: AED3 for adults