Al Ain National Museum

Museum in Al Ain

This charmingly old-fashioned museum is perfect for getting up to speed on the ancient past of the Al Ain region. Highlights of the archaeological section include weapons, jewellery, pottery and coins excavated from 4000-year-old tombs at nearby Al Hili and Umm Al Nar. The ethnography galleries zero in on various aspects of the daily life of the Bedouin and settled people, including education, marriage and farming.

There is beautiful silver jewellery, traditional costumes and a harrowing display of simple circumcision instruments with lots of sharp points and hooks – ouch!