Visiting the Dubai Museum is one of the best things to do while visiting Dubai. This place will intrigue visitors especially history buffs, who are yearning to know more about the history of this once simple and humble Gulf city.
Entrance to the Dubai Museum
Simple and humble? No one would think of describing Dubai this way today! The city is a financial and commercial powerhouse, home to some of the most sophisticated engineering and architectural structures the world has ever seen. And they’re building more!
But Dubai was once a Bedouin village.
And through the years, the city has flourished, thanks to its strategic position and the Dubai Creek, which allowed traders and merchants from all around the Middle Eastern Region to ship and sell goods.
This is just a peek into Dubai’s success story that will be told at the Dubai Museum. Inside the museum, you will see cannons, fishing boats, traditional houses called barastis, and a cool archaeology section.
I’m not going to give too much away. Discovering Dubai’s fascinating history is something more fun for you to do!
But to do that, you need to get there first.
Here are the simple steps on how to get to Dubai Museum using the train or public boat:
Dubai Museum is housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, which was built in 1799. This is one of the oldest surviving structures in the city.
This Museum was once the home for rulers in the area until 1896. It then became a prison, a garrison, and eventually, a museum in 1971.
Getting to Dubai Museum By Metro Train
Step 1: Go to the nearest Dubai Metro train station from where you are staying in the city.
Step. 2: Purchase a one-way or return ticket or a day pass. Then take the train that goes to Al Fahidi Station. Al Fahidi Station is on the Green Line, Zone 5.
Step 3. Get off Al Fahidi Station, and walk a few minutes to reach the Dubai Museum. Here is a map illustration to help guide you:
Al Fahidi Metro to Dubai Museum
Dubai Metro Operation Times
5:50 am to 12:00 am (Saturday to Wednesday)
5:50 am to 1 am ( Thursday)
1:00 pm to 1:00 am (Friday)
Getting to the Dubai Museum By Traditional Boat
One very scenic way of getting to the Dubai Museum is crossing the Dubai Creek from the neighborhood of Deira using a traditional boat called an ‘Abra’. Learn more about the Abra.
At the affordable cost of 1 Dirham, you can easily cross Dubai Creek to get to Dubai Museum. This may not be the most straightforward way, but it’s certainly the more memorable route I can assure you!
Here are the steps of getting to the Dubai Museum using the traditional boat – abra.
Step 1: Make your way to Deira – one of the historic neighborhoods in Dubai. You can get there by taking the Dubai Metro. The best station to get off is Al-Ras Station, which is on the Green Line.
Step 2: From Al-Ras Station, walk towards the Deira Old Souk Abra Station, which faces Dubai Creek. Here is a map illustration to guide you:
Al Ras Metro to Deira Old Souk Water Taxi Station
The dock that leads to awaiting abras going to Bur Dubai from Deira
Step 3: Line up to get on an Abra. You may pay your 1 Dirham to the driver, who typically sits in the center of the abra.
Aside from tourists, migrant workers also frequently use the abra to get home.
The hardworking Abra Captain making sure everybody paid for the ride
Step 4: Enjoy the ride! It is quite short, only about 6 minutes. Get off at the Bur Dubai Old Souq and Water Bus Station.
The Bur Dubai Water Taxi Station where the abra from Deira stops.
Step 5: From the Bur Dubai Old Souq and Water Bus Station, walk towards Al Fahidi Street, which will take about 7 minutes. You can even make a stop at the Bur Dubai Old Souq (Market) if you want. The Dubai Museum is on Al Fahidi Street – you can’t miss it!
Here is a map illustration to guide you:
Bur Dubai Water Station to Dubai Museum
Entrance Fee for the Dubai Museum: 3 Dirhams for Adults, 1 Dirham for Children
Opening Times: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm (Saturday to Thursday)
2:30 to 8:30 pm (Friday)