National Museum works on making it a must-see in world

September 08, 2018

The National Museum is leaving no stone unturned to make it one of the must-see museums in the world. Along with entering into agreements with international museums, it has also bought, received and borrowed over 1,000 artefacts from within and outside the country. 

The museum stated that 68,230 people visited it in 2017, a growth of more than 50 per cent on the previous year’s figures, when it was opened to the public.

In an emailed reply to Muscat Daily the National Museum said, “Till last year, the number of pieces we bought were 289. We received around 730 pieces as donations and borrowed around 132 pieces. The collection is used in three ways: for displays and exhibitions, to act as a reference source for research and to support the development of education programmes and to stimulate visitors’ interaction with the museum.”

It said that the museum is open seven days a week and the Learning Centre at the museum offers workshops for children who visit with families on public holidays. Parents and children are invited to take part in a range of museum-related activities and to enjoy a shared creative experience.

“We work with relevant partners to promote programmes offered every month. We have many marketing and promotion plans, such as using all media platforms and dealing with different institutions in the tourism sector to promote the museum and increase the footfall. The visitor number in 2016 was 30,778 and it was 68,230 in 2017.”

The museum signed many agreements with other museums like the National Historical Museum of Belarus, The State Hermitage Museum in Russia, British Museum and Tate museum (UK) and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (CGF) in Portugal.

“We are also working on MoUs with other institutions in the Middle East and Asia. The purpose of the agreements include training for capacity building, exchange of collections, organising exhibitions, skills and museum knowledge and promotion of Oman’s culture and heritage.”