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Sharjah Archaeology Museum

About The Museum

Sharjah Archaeology Museum first opened its doors in 1993. It moved to its current location on May 10, 1997.

Why visit the Museum?

This museum offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich and deep-rooted history of Sharjah. Reports of many excavations and expeditions have shown that humans have been settled in Sharjah for more than 125.000 years. The museum sheds light on the lifestyle of the region’s inhabitants from the Stone age up to the rise of Islam.

Admire an authentic history

The museum contains all the archaeological artifacts that were discovered in Sharjah. The mission of the museum is to preserve, interpret, and exhibit all the artifacts that have been found in Sharjah since the beginning of the excavations in 1973 up until now. All excavations assert that Sharjah boasts a proud rich deep-rooted history; it hosted settlements and villages thousands of years ago. Visitors get the chance to learn about the civilizations that developed in the region from the Stone Age up until today, through the artifacts, coins, jewellry, pottery and ancient weapons showcased in the museum. The archaeological findings reveal the connections and relations between Sharjah inhabitants and their neighbours in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as with other civilizations. They also show the expansion of commercial relationships from the Indus Valley in the East to the Mediterranean islands in the West. Explore the tombs, cemeteries and houses through the models displayed in the museum and learn about the first forms of writing which appeared in this area more than 2500 years ago.

Little Archaeologist Hall:

In May 2022, Sharjah Museums Authority opened the Little Archaeologist Hall at Sharjah Archaeology Museum. Considered the first interactive archaeology hall in the UAE, it provides children 5 to 12 years of age with the opportunity to learn about Sharjah’s artefacts interactively through a collection of models, technologies, and science activities that develop children’s senses and spark their imagination to grasp the important findings of archaeologists on the nature of human life in the region, starting from the Stone Age until the first centuries AD.
The hall’s activities shed light on the relationship of ancient Sharjah people with animals, both domesticated and wild, and their use of natural resources in the manufacture of tools such as weapons, hunting tools, and even money. It also highlights the use of mud bricks in building homes and its relation to sustainability. The activities also touch on the beginnings of art in ancient Sharjah, embodied through the drawing on rocks, considered one of the first precursors to human writing.

What’s on
Photo gallery
Museums Publication
Location :
The museum is located in the Al Abar area between the Halwan Children Center and the Sharjah Archeology Authority on Sheikh Rashid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Road leading to the Sharjah Science Museum and Sharjah Broadcasting Authority.
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

The museum entry is free during the following 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:
  • 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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