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Abu Dhabi Museums

Louvre Museum, Al Ain National Museum, Emirates National Auto Museum, Zayed Heritage Center, Women's Handicraft Center, UAE Currency Museum, Maritime Museum, Al Ain Classic Cars Museum and many more.

There is simply no better way to learn about the rich culture, interesting history, and unique handicrafts of UAE than to visit the insightful museums in Abu Dhabi. Whether you want to get educated on the subject or you have some time on your hands to kill, you must definitely explore a few of these museums and you will not be disappointed at all. 
While some of the museums in the city Of Abu Dhabi are known for their matchless collections of historical artefacts and other objects, other museums also successfully draw in visitors with their remarkable structures.

The royal palace complex of Al Ain National Museum and the futuristic architecture of the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi fascinate art and culture enthusiasts from all across the globe, making them two of the finest among Abu Dhabi museums. While the former boasts a wealth of archaeological findings, the latter is known for the remarkable collection of regional and French artworks. Furthermore, Abu Dhabi also presents sheer delights for car lovers with Emirates National Auto Museum and Alain Classic Cars Museum which are dedicated to vintage and modern cars.

Here are some of the best museums in Abu Dhabi:

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Louvre Museum

A brilliant illustration of ultramodern architecture, Louvre Museum is not only the most spectacular but also the largest on the list of museums in Abu Dhabi, spread across an area of 260,000 sq ft. 86,000 sq ft out of the entire area is dedicated to the galleries that exhibit collections that are quite significant and invaluable from cultural as well as educational point of view.

In addition to artworks and artefacts from the region, the exhibits at the museum also showcase some precious creations from France. If you are an architecture enthusiast, the “seemingly floating dome structure” of the museum is going to sweep you off your feet.

Location: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 10 am to 8 pm

Entry Fee: AED 60 per person.

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Zayed Heritage Center

Acquire great knowledge about the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed through his personal belongings and photographs put on display at Zayed Heritage Center. From the collection of his favourite cars and hunting rifles to his cologne and other personal effects, there is a lot on show, making this one of the most interesting museums in Abu Dhabi.

A visit to this museum also gives you an opportunity to see a collection of gifts to Sheikh Zeyad from various dignitaries. However, the true essence of this retro-tastic museum can be found in the collection of rare photographs that document the historical events in the life of the great leader and in the history of the UAE.

Location: Baynounah Street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 7:30 am to 2:30 pm

Entry Fee: Free Entry.

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Warehouse 421

An ultra stylish complex serving as a cultural centre and exhibition space, Warehouse 421 deserves to be on your checklist if you are interested in exploring the traditional art of Dubai along with checking out works of some talented emerging artists.

Once a warehouse, this venue was launched as a platform for artistic expression in 2015. A recent but significant addition to the art scene of Abu Dhabi, Warehouse 421 was developed with the objective to encourage local artists and designers, and promote education, heritage and health through art. Spending some time here is a great way to get some valuable insights into the regional art and heritage.

Location: Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 10 am to 8 pm

Entry Fee: Varies from event to event.


Emirates National Auto Museum

Undoubtedly one of the most visited museums in Abu Dhabi, Emirates National Auto Museum is famous worldwide for housing an unusual collection of vintage cars and military vehicles.

This assortment of more than 200 private vehicles of Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan including the Mercedes rainbow collection is a treat for anyone’s eyes whether or not they are into cars. The museum complex is built in the shape of a pyramid, and also shelters the world’s largest truck which is one of the greatest attractions worth seeing here.

Location: Hamim Road, Off E11, Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: AED 50 per person.

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Al Ain National Museum

One of the earliest among Abu Dhabi museums, Al Ain National Museum was established in 1971 with the objective to preserve the national heritage of Al Ain and other parts of UAE. The museum is located within the palace of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late founder of Dubai.

Some priceless possessions from various archaeological sites in the region, giving a good understanding of the lifestyle and culture during the Stone Age, Hellenistic and Islamic eras are put on display in the Archaeological section. Whereas, in the Ethnographical section, traditional musical instruments to household and professional objects can be seen by visitors.

Location: Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Timings: 8 am to 7:30 pm

Entry Fee: AED 3 per person. 

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Women's Handicraft Center

A place that captures the essence of the traditional craft of Abu Dhabi, Women’s Handicraft Center is one of the most popular attractions in Abu Dhabi. A visit to this government-run art and craft centre gives tourists a chance to learn about various types of popular handicrafts such as embroidery, textile weaving, silver thread work, etc.

Various articles like dresses, incense, and souvenirs made by female artists are on exhibit here. If you are intrigued by the richness and uniqueness of the local craft, you can purchase the products from the on-site shop. Besides, this museum is also famous among tourists for the henna painting service that is offered here.

Location: Women's Association Complex, Karama Street, Al Mushrif

Timings: 9 am to 3 pm

Entry Fee: AED 5 per person. 

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UAE Currency Museum

Established to mark the 40th anniversary of The Central Bank in 2013, this unique museum occupies a fairly large section of the ground floor of the bank. The museum boasts of a large collection of old coins and paper notes from the UAE and other parts of the world which have been put on display in a row of glass cases.

From gold and silver Islamic coins to old coins and paper notes of Indian Rupee, the collection is vast.  If you are travelling to Abu Dhabi with kids, you should definitely spare this museum an hour to educate yourself and your kids about the history of trade and currency in the region.

Location: Next to King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 9 am to 3 pm

Entry Fee: Free Entry.


Maritime Museum

Khalifa Park is an ideal spot for recreation, featuring Maritime Museum which is also known as Abu Dhabi History Museum and Aquarium. Whenever you are in Abu Dhabi, visit this place with your family because the history and aquarium tours are captivating.

The history museum boasts an impressive collection from the past of the region which includes silver and gold coins in addition to other articles that depict the lifestyle of the local people in the earlier periods.

The tour is accompanied by audio that educates you about various aspects of the history of the UAE and its development. Then follows the aquarium where a wide range of marine species can be seen inside their glass enclosures.

Location: Al Salam Street, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 3 pm to 10 pm

Entry Fee: 6 AED per person for Museum, Aquarium and Train Ride.


Al Ain Classic Cars Museum

If you are into car, history, and history of cars, Al Ain Classic Car Museum is definitely one of the Abu Dhabi museums you are going to admire very much. An impressive collection of exquisite vintage cars is on display which makes this place an interesting place for petrol-heads from all across the world.

The collection is vast and features a lot of old models ranging from Rolls-Royce to Ford. The history and evolution of transportation in UAE can also be learnt on a visit to the museum through the books available here.

In addition to displaying classic cars, this place also offers various services like maintenance and preservation of such vehicles, undertaken by a team of professionals.

Location: Al Ain Al Fayda Resort, Al Ain City, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: AED 5 per person.


Folklore Gallery

Boasting a diverse collection of traditional art and craft, Folklore Gallery is one of the most interesting museums in Abu Dhabi for any aesthete. This gallery established in 1995 is among the most excellent places in Dubai where you can procure original artworks or get your pictures framed.

The artworks available here range from old and modern paintings by local artists and Bedouin Jewellery to traditional style ceramics. So whether you want to take back home an aesthetic souvenir or buy an appropriate gift for an art-lover, Folklore Gallery may just have the right choice for you.

Location: 1st Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 9 am to 9 pm

Entry Fee: Free Entry.


Abu Dhabi History Museum

One of the best Abu Dhabi Museums to visit with your friends, the Abu Dhabi History Museum and Aquarium is located within the famous Khalifa Park. It is in this museum where you can soak in the displays of the city’s history, and learn about how it developed from being a desert community to one of the most developed cities in the world. 

The museum is home to diorama-style exhibits, which depict the monumental moments in the development of Abu Dhabi. The museum also consists of an aquarium, which gives you a chance to learn about the marine ecosystem of the city, in addition to offering sights of the marine wildlife here. 

Location: Zone 1 - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timing: 03:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

N2N Gallery

Quite tiny as compared to other Abu Dhabi Museums, but still notable and famous, the N2N Gallery is where you can enjoy viewing sculptures, graphic art as well as artworks by European artists. Tucked within a café at the base of the Al Ain Tower, this sleek art museum often exudes an industrial vibe, owing to its black walls and exposed piping. However, the stark backdrop is perfect for the vibrant artwork that you can find here. 

The main theme of the artworks here is a seamless blend of modernism and realism, which is clearly evident in the mostly dreamy and colourful paintings that enhance the otherwise dull walls. 

Location: Al Ain Tower, Khalidiya next to office entrance - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timing: 01:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.

Etihad Modern Art Gallery

Amongst the most modern and glamorous Abu Dhabi Museums, the Etihad Modern Art Gallery is home to some of the best contemporary art works and displays in the city. Furthermore, it is considered as the abode of one of the most thoughtfully curated collections of Emirati artists in the whole world. 

Most of the work here showcases the opulent Emirati art scene, including paintings, photography and displays by new as well as established UAE artists. The gallery also plays host to numerous international exhibitions, such as one where works of 160 Japanese artists were featured, poetry nights and more. 

Location: Al Bateen Area Villa 15, Al Huwaylat Street (Behind Al Bateen Mall) - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timing: 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

Abu Dhabi Art Hub

The Abu Dhabi Art Hub is amongst the most popular Abu Dhabi Museums to visit. Located within the World Trade Centre Mall, the museum is an art gallery showcasing art works, displays as well as various exhibits by established artists not only from the UAE, but also from other parts of the world.

The art museum is known for its pristine white space, which acts as a perfect backdrop for the vibrant artworks. 
Spread across two-storey mezzanine floors, Abu Dhabi Art Hub is home to various colourful portraits from solo artists, most of which have been created around specific themes like Tolerance, Women’s Day, etc. You can also find contemporary artwork here, or sign up for regular workshops on calligraphy, water colour painting and more at this museum. 

Location: The Mall World Trade Centre - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timing: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Manarat Al Saadiyat

Considered as one of the best Abu Dhabi Museums, the Manarat Al Saadiyat is known for its large-scale opulent installations, from artists all around the world. This high-tech museum was the first one of its kind to open its doors in the Saadiyat Cultural District in Abu Dhabi in the year 2009. Revered as an art hub for artists, both local and international, the Manarat Al Saadiyat also boasts of a stunning structure. 

The façade of the museum consists of a white honeycomb lattice that covers its exterior and looks mesmerising when it is fully illuminated at night. The museum consists of a 250-seater auditorium and an outdoor terrace, in addition to three galleries with various art displays and exhibits. You can also attend performances, workshops and lectures here. 

Location: Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hwy? Saadiyat Cultural District? Saadiyat Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timing: 10:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m.
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  1. What are the best museums in Abu Dhabi to visit with kids ?

    1. Louvre: Known for its fantastic architecture and stunning collection, Louvre is the most visited art museum in Abu Dhabi. The museum also houses a special section for children, that allows kids to engage in fun, interactive activities with an educational bend.

    2. Abu Dhabi History Museum and Aquarium:
    Offering a fantastic insight into the history and culture of Abu Dhabi, this museum houses a number of fun attractions and rides specially tailored to young children.

    3. Heritage Village:
    A man-made oasis village, Heritage Village offers a stunning insight into the Emirates’ past. The Museum also houses a number of fun activities for children like toy trains.

    4. Al-Ain Museum:
    Shedding light on the culture and history of Al Ain, this museum is a popular tourist destination among families.
  2. Is the Louvre Abu Dhabi free?

    Entry to the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is free for all children below the age of 13. The entry price is AED 31.50 for people between the ages of 13 and 22, and AED 65.00 for everyone else.
  3. Is photography allowed in museums in Abu Dhabi?

    Most museums in Abu Dhabi do not allow photography within their premises. However, some of the outdoor museums like Heritage Village do.
  4. What is not allowed to carry in museums in Abu Dhabi?

    Things that cannot be carried to Museums in Abu Dhabi

    -  Food and drinks
    - Photographic cameras
    - Any sharp objects such as knives or cutters Weapons
    - Non-essential drugs.

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