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Al Ain Palace Museum

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Al Ain Palace Museum

Significant for its association with the life and story of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Al Ain Palace Museum originally functioned as the residence of the United Arab Emirates’ Ruling Family and the Ruler’s administrative centre. Al Ain Palace was built in 1937 and then extended by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE, who used it as his residence until 1966. It was renovated and converted to a house museum in 2001. Some of the architectural features typical of the Transition Period (1930s–60s ) of building in Al Ain at this time can still be seen at the palace.

The museum is a cultural and historical location where visitors can experience the Emirati way of life in the 20th century and learn about the private and political life of the Ruling Family, especially that of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The restoration added two new buildings to the complex, one of which houses administrative offices and displays artefacts gifted to the museum by the local community. The other building shows the Al Nahyan family tree, providing information about the country’s rulers and their lineage.

A large, modern tent in the museum complex is a reminder of the traditional tent that Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan used to receive guests. The tent reflects Bedouin tradition and Arab hospitality. A courtyard in the museum also has a Land Rover, similar to the ones Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan preferred to use for his travels across the desert.

Timeline

1937

The Al Ain Palace is built as a complex of private and public areas, featuring residences for the Ruling Family and administrative buildings.

1937

1966

The last year the palace functioned as the Ruling Family’s residence.

1966

1998

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan commissions the restoration of the entire palace complex, adding two new buildings and retaining the original architectural style throughout.

1998

2000

The restoration is completed and the palace is converted into a museum.

2000

2001

The museum is opened to the public.

2001

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Location Details

ADDRESS

Hessa bint Mohammed St. Central District

Opening Hours

9 AM - 7 PM

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