10 Best Museums in Abu Dhabi - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
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.

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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.

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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:

01

Louvre Museum

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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Al Ain National Museum

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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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Emirates National Auto Museum

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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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04

Zayed Heritage Center

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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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05

Women's Handicraft Center

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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

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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.

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Maritime Museum

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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.

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Al Ain Classic Cars Museum

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 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.

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09

Warehouse 421

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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.

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Folklore Gallery

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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.

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