Times of Oman
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Maritime Museum in Sur showcases Oman’s heritage
June 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The Museum was established in 1987 at the Al Orouba Club. Since its inception, it has been attracting many visitors.Photo – ONA

Sur, Oman: Sur City is famous for its maritime heritage, which highlights the leading role that Omanis played in maritime navigation across a long period in history.

In order to preserve this heritage, and to ensure that the coming generations know of it, the Maritime Museum in the Wilayat of Sur was established to reflect various types of Omani maritime heritage.

Efforts have been made by the citizens of the wilayat and researchers in Omani heritage to preserve this slice of history.

The Museum was established in 1987 at the Al Orouba Club. Since its inception, it has been serving a scientific cause for the benefit of those interested in the Omani maritime history.

The museum includes several sections. The emblem of the wilaya 'Al Ghanja Ship' is located at the entrance of the museum. In the middle of the ship section, there are different types of Omani ships.

The visitors can see images of famous makers of ships, locally called Al Wistad, in addition to images of a number of sailors and captains of ships locally called "Nokhidha," as well as photos of ports visited by those ships.

The museum also includes a picture of Sur town in 1905 and pictures of the city's main attractions and those depicting architectural style, a number of buildings, old houses and the most important historical monuments of the wilaya, such as castles, fortresses and towers, old mosques, the most important of which is the grand mosque in the Al Fawaris neighborhood, which is the oldest mosque in the wilayat.

The museum also features photographs of the agricultural area in Sur and its commercial market, particularly the site where traditional arts and horse racing are held. The museum also houses a corner for pottery and tableware used for cooking, drinking, domestic purposes and traditional professions.

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