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Bait Al Naboodah

About The Museum

Bait Al Naboodah opened its doors on November 14, 1995. After its renovation and restoration, Bait Al Naboodah was reopened again on April 08, 2018.

Why visit the museum?

Here, you can learn about the authentic architectural designs of traditional Emirati houses, in addition to, the lifestyle and values of the traditional Emirati culture.
Built in the mid-19th century, this house is a unique model of the marvelous Sharjah architecture. It has been renovated to tell the story of Obaid Al Naboodah and show how the architecture of his house was influenced by the pearl trade.

Experience the lifestyle of our ancestors,Visit Bait Al Nabooda‎h

Bait Al Naboodah originally belonged to the late Obaid bin Eissa Bin Ali Al Shamsi, also known as Al Naboodah. He was a prominent pearl merchant who held commercial ties in India, Africa and France.
Al Naboodah lived in this house, built in 1845‎, with his family. The house construction went through several phases as his family grew bigger.

This charming two-storey house is built around a large courtyard with walls made of coral. What makes Bait Al Naboodah architecturally distinguished are the teak columns and the intricate plaster and wood carvings found throughout the house. In addition, the house features malaqaf (wind scoops) that are built into the walls, instead of the traditional barjeel (wind towers).

Bait Al Naboodah is famous for its design, beauty and size. The building embraces local design elements and cultural practices, while incorporating architectural influences from the broader Gulf region. It was one of Sharjah's largest houses and is a prime example of a grand coastal home.

The Museum will be closed on Friday December 30th 2022 & Saturday Jan 7th 2023

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Location :
Bait Al Naboodah is located in Al Mareija area in the heart of Sharjah, opposite Al Eslah School Museum and Al Arsah Souq.
Opening Hours :
Saturday to Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Opening Hours in Ramadan:
Saturday to Thursday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday: Closed
Entry Fees to the museum
Children (under 2 years): Free
Children (2-12years): 5.00AED
Adults (13+ years): 10.00AED
Government school trips: Free
Private school trips: Free

Government University trip: Free 
Private University trip: Free

Senior (60+) + one companion: Free
People with Disabilities: Free

Heritage Ticket Fees, a “Joint Ticket” to visit Al Eslah School Museum, Sharjah Heritage Museum, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, Sharjah Fort “ Al Hisn” and Bait Al Naboodah:

Children (under 2 years): Free
Children (2-12years): 10.00AED
Adults (13+ years): 20.00AED
The museum entry is free during the following days:
  • Sharjah Heritage Days.
  • International Museum Day on 18th of May.
  • Martyr's Day on 1st of December.
  • UAE National Day on 2nd of December. 
The museum is closed during the following days:
  • 29th & 30th of Ramadan (Islamic calendar).
  • First day of Eid Al-Fitr (Islamic calendar).
  • 9th of Dhul Hijjah (Islamic calendar).
  • First day of Eid Al Adha (Islamic calendar).
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