Opened on 16th December 2006, the name of this building literally translates as "Villa with a Veranda".
Situated after the port roundabout, on the right side just before the fish roundabout on the Muttrah corniche. The Museum is inter-active and contains the history of Muscat, and is administered by Muscat Municipality.
The Museum presents the story of Muscat includes plate tectonics and scenic diversity in Muscat (geology); ancient life in Muscat; earliest human settlements from 10,000 BC to the early Islamic era; Muscat in the words of geographers and travelers; Muscat from the 1st century to 1744 AD; Al Bu Said dynasty; Muscat the harbour; Muscat today: The challenge and the achievement; and folk arts of Muscat. Where adopted in providing this information, with state-of-the art technology to provide an interactive briefing to visitors.
Bait al Baranda has become a part of the Omani landmarks that embody and preserve the memories and history of Muscat city and contribute to cultural activities.
To ensure the perfection of renovation work, a specialized Omani institution was formed to conduct historical research, this was carried out by university researchers who verified historical facts from more than 2,500 references and documents in libraries and archives in Oman and abroad.
Opening hours: (Sat to Thurs) 900 am to 1300 pm 1600pm - 1800 pm Entry fee: R.O 1.000 (adults), 500 bzs (children ) - children under 4 years are not allowed.