This nicely restored, rambling palace was Sheikh Zayed’s residence from 1937 until 1966. The simple yet elegant cinnamon-colored compound is divided into private, guest and official quarters by courtyards and landscaped with cacti, magnolia trees and palms.
Now creatively restored, the museum houses a large collection of material about the ruling family. Visitors can tour the private rooms and gardens once occupied by the ‘Father of the Nation’.You can step inside the majlis (meeting room) where Zayed received visitors, roam around the huge kitchen, see the canopied matrimonial bed and snap a photo of the Land Rover he used to visit the desert Bedu.
The former home of the late UAE founder, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Palace was once a political and social hub. Built in 1910, the building became a museum in 1998.
Al Ain Palace Museum or Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum was the palace of HH the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and was built in 1937. The palace, which has since been converted into a museum strives to maintain the look and feel of the past and does considerable justice to the intention. This was the residence of the ruler and his family and the museum contains much information to educate us about the family tree and its history.
We visited the Al Ain Mubazzarah and Jebel Hafeet Park on 1st Jan, 2013 to spend our new year in the summer escape of UAE, Al Ain. Our day trip was planned for the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, Al Ain Zoo, Al Mubazzarah Park and Jebel Hafeet. The visit to these places was a different experience amidst the greeneries, hot springs, the park area etc . was a must visit place in Al Ain. The place was crowded as lots of visitors were exploring the city and the park was a great tourist attraction for everyone coming to Al Ain.
The palace was once a hub of the city’s political life, but since 1998 been converted into a museum dedicated to the history of the United Arab Emirate’s royalty, particularly that of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. Among the exhibits on display are numerous personal effects of the late ruler, as well as an extensive photo gallery that traces his life story.
Several residential quarters are on display. The palace consists of many courtyards, each for specific purposes such as wards for guests, children’s housing, meeting rooms or ‘majlis’ for the local and foreign visitors to the palace.A walk through the courtyards is bound to transport you into an altogether different world, very much in contrast with the bustling life you would have left behind at the gates. The palace museum provides fascinating insights into the life that was led there before and is also a place to explore for its beauty and architectural elegance.
This is the oldest museum in Al Ain and was built by the former President HH the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The museum contains artifacts dedicated to both the Ethnographical and Archaeological history of the region. Visitors will get an overall view of country’s 7500 years old traditions and culture.
Ethnographical section is focused on the history of UAE in the days before oil was discovered and used as a key economic driver. On display is objects catering to the many daily routine activities of the community, such as traditional education and teaching, recreational pastimes, house hold equipment, and professional gear such as those used for weaving, fishing and medical procedures. There are several more interesting relics exhibited in an educative fashion guaranteed to keep you occupied for quite a while. Traditional art forms and musical instruments are also present.
The Archaeological section displays objects right from Stone Age to Islamic period, definitely a treasure trove for the history buff. Several items are exhibited including age old tools such as those made of flint, stone, fine arrowheads. The section also contains artifacts from the grave at Hili and Umm an Nar, such as pottery, stone vessels, copper objects.
The items put on show here offer insights and evidence of the rich culture and bustling trading relations people in the region had with other communities around the world at the time. The museum is a significant attraction in Al Ain and provides you with much information about the history of this growing country.
Located near the commercial area on the road to Sinaiyya, the Al Ain Palace Museum, or Qasr Al Ain Museum, is housed in the former home of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which was first constructed in 1910.
Al Ain Palace Museum is open six days a week, from Tuesday to Sunday.
- Adults: AED 3
- Children under 10: AED
Where: Al Ain St, near the commercial area on the road to Sinaiyya
Telephone: +971 3 751 7755