If you are interested to know and learn about the Islamic civilization in the emirate of Sharjah, then we recommend you go on a visit to The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, obviously, in Sharjah.
The Museum first opened its doors in the Heritage Area in 1996. However, its extensive collections were moved to the impressive building of the traditional Souq Al Majarrah to be reinterpreted and redisplayed. Accordingly, the new Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization was opened on June 6, 2008.
The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization is home to thousands of rare and important Islamic artifacts, displayed in its seven spacious galleries and display areas, and here we introduce them to you.
The Abu Bakr Gallery of Islamic Faith
The Abu Bakr Gallery of Islamic Faith has some unique, outstanding artifacts including monumental sections from the Kiswah, which covers the Ka’aba in Makkah, rare historical Quran manuscripts as well as models, photographs, presentations and important facts about mosque architecture from around the world.
The Ibn Al-Haytham Gallery of Science and Technology
This gallery has sophisticated three-dimensional models, audiovisuals and extensive information panels chart some of the most outstanding discoveries, inventions and theories developed by Islamic scholars in fields like astronomy, medicine, geography, architecture, mathematics, chemistry, military technology, marine navigation and engineering.
Islamic Art Gallery 1
This gallery shows a wide range of artifacts such as pottery, metalwork, woodcarving, manuscripts and textiles, made in the Islamic world between the 1st century AH (7th century AD) and the 7th century AH (13th century AD).
Islamic Art Gallery 2
This gallery displays important Islamic artworks dating from the 7th century AH / 13th century AD to the 13th century AH / 19th century AD. It also presents a wide selection of fascinating objects coming from Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal lands.
Islamic Art Galleries 3-4
These two galleries are devoted to showcasing Islamic arts, crafts and weapons used between the 13th century AH / 19th century AD and 14th century AH / 20th century AD.
Islamic Coins Display
The museum’s outstanding early Islamic coin collections are displayed in the atrium outside the Al Majarrah Gallery.
The Al Majarrah Temporary Exhibition Gallery
In this gallery, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions of international standing twice a year.
Saturday to Thursday:
8:00 am – 8:00 pm
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Children (under 2 years): Free
Children (2-12 years): 5 AED
Adults (13+ years): 10 AED
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Location: Al-Majjarah area, previously known as “Souq al-Majjarah” – Heart of Sharjah.
Phone: +971(6)-565 5455
Fax: +971(6)-565 2988