The museum consist of local antiques but also contain the antiques which were imported from around the world for the purpose of trade. These includes the antiques from Asia, Europe and Africa. The museum have dioramas which highlight the life of Arab living in Dubai before the oil era. Geographically museum is located in Al Fahidi area Bur Dubai. The total area of museum is 4000 squares meters.
Al Fahidi Fort is constructed as a square structure. On the three sides of fort there is towers constructed. Internal halls line three of the fort walls. One hall is at the main gate and houses the ticket office, while the others contain a collection of old weapons and arms from different historical periods along with a model of the city in 1820 AD. Traditional musical instruments are also displayed next to a video of folkloric music.
The entrance for galleries is located in the tower on the south western side of the fort. The first section of the Galleries displays the maps of old Dubai. When a person enter from the tower will have to cross the spiral stairs of the fort and then reach the first gallery of maps. A video room which was updated in 2007 is located next to the maps room. This video is beautifully made to show the difference life of Dubai people before oil era and after oil era. Next to the video room dioramas of Pre-oil era is located. The first thing found is deck of a dhow. After that there is retail shops which always fill with buyers and sellers. Going ahead in street one can easily find a mosque model and houses along with dates farms camels and other animals. In the last take one back 3000BC to Al Qusais. Here are tombs, an excavated skeleton, and an archaeologist. All the way sounds, visual effects and electronic guides accompany the dioramas.
In short the museum have a lot of information and activities for the visitors. If one want to know the old heritage of Dubai must visit this beautiful museum. The Ticket of Dubai Museum for the adult is AED 3 while for children under 6 is AED 1 only. The museum provide the free tourism Guidance to the tourists. The museum remain open from Saturday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM. While on Friday it open 02:30 PM to 08:30 PM.
If one want to reach the museum from bus can use Ghubaiba or Fahidi bus stations nearby. One can also reach through the metro station of Ghubaiba or Fahidi.