If you are fascinated by marine history and heritage, you will be happy to visit the Sharjah Maritime Museum. Established in 2003 in the heritage area of Sharjah, the museum exhibits a variety of artefacts that help you understand the maritime history of Sharjah. Whether you are a culture vulture, art aficionado or simply an explorer, you will find a lot of things to pique your interest at the museum. Although built in the early 2000s, the museum, later moved to a new building in Hisn Avenue, Al Khan and re-opened on 7th July 2009 for visitors.
What can you explore in the Sharjah Maritime Museum?
Sharjah Maritime Museum is emblematic of the emirate’s rich marine heritage. Over 6000 years ago, the sea was the primary reason for the development of coastal cities such as Sharjah, so it’s not surprising that the city has still preserved its heritage.
At Sharjah Maritime Museum, you can explore traditional wooden seafaring dhows, genuine Arabian pearl-diving vessels and the famous Asamaa, sambuk and jalbot ships earlier known for their thrilling seafaring adventures.
Sharjah Maritime Museum Entry Fee
The museum allows entry to both children and adults alike. The entrance fee to Sharjah Maritime Museum is as follows:
- Children below two years old and elderly people aged 60 and above can enter for free
- People of determination can also enter for free
- Children aged between two and twelve are required to pay AED 5
- Adults and teenagers over 13 are required to pay AED 10 for tickets to Sharjah Maritime Museum.
Collective Entry Fee to Sharjah Museum and Aquarium
Since Sharjah Aquarium is located nearby it’s a good idea to combine visits to both these Sharjah attractions. Here is a complete list of entrance fees you will need to pay in order to enter both of these places on the same day.
- Children aged between 2-12 years old can enter both the museum and aquarium for AED 15
- Adults can visit both of these places for AED 25
- If you are going as a group of more than 6 children, the cost reduces to AED 10 per child for those between 2-12 years of age
- If you are going as a group of more than 6 members, the cost for all members over 13 is AED 15
Schools Entry Fees to Sharjah Maritime Museum and Aquarium
Schools can bring children to Sharjah Aquarium and Maritime Museum for an educational trip. The charges differ for both government and private schools.
- Children of government schools can visit both the museum and aquarium for free
- Private schools will have to pay AED 5 per student to visit each of these places.
Facilities at Sharjah Maritime Museum
Sharjah Maritime Museum offers a variety of facilities to visitors.
- The availability of WiFi
- ATM service
- Wheelchair access
- A designated parking area
- A separate restroom for men and women and prayer area
- A library full of books
- A baby-changing table
- High-speed elevators
You can easily get to the Sharjah Maritime Museum. The route is pretty simple. Follow Sheikh Zayed St/S124 until you reach Al Zahra Square/Clocktower Roundabout. From there, take the second exit onto Arabian Gulf Street. At the roundabout, take the first exit towards Bank of Sharjah. Continue to follow the street unless you reach your desired destination.
If you are coming from Dubai, follow Sheikh Zayed Road (E11) to Al Taawun St/S115 in Sharjah.
Location, Timings and Contact
If you are visiting the museum for the first time, it’s important to know the basic details about the place to avoid any inconvenience or mishap.
- Sharjah Maritime Museum Location: Al Khan, Sharjah
- Sharjah Maritime Museum Timings: 08:00 am – 08:00 pm, Friday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Contact: +971-6-522-2002
Apart from this, if you are keen on discovering more about the history of UAE’s charming cultural capital, the Sharjah Archaeology Museum with the oldest artefacts and collections is also worth checking out. Besides museums, there are many historic areas and heritage sites in Sharjah narrate a tale of history and culture of the city so you can think of visiting them as well.