Four museums display cultural history of Oman at the Sohar Festival

Sohar: The Sohar Festival, in its second edition, witnesses a diversity of exhibits that simulate the history and civilization of Oman over time, with the presence of four museums displaying more than 1,200 archaeological pieces, antiques and collectibles that embody the details of life in the past, collected by a number of antiques and collectibles collectors. In addition to the owners of private museums licensed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth.

Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Salem Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Events Committee at the Sohar Festival, told the Oman News Agency that the presence of corners to display antiques and historical collectibles on the festival grounds at the Sohar Entertainment Center came in line with the festival’s objectives of introducing its visitors to the history of Oman through various historical eras, noting that museum owners and enthusiasts were invited. Collecting archaeological collectibles to participate in the festival’s various environments, whether Bedouin, marine, or agricultural, where visitors are introduced to the past in a series of exhibits and in forms that suit the type of each of these four museums.

He added that in the Museum of Life from the Past, the collectibles and tools displayed are embodied in 12 corners, each corner of which contains tools related to a profession that existed in the past, in addition to pieces of traditional craft industries that were practiced by ancestors in the past, and depicts to visitors the nature of life and its paths of trade. Buying and selling, as well as corners dedicated to displaying palm-frond industries that are based on palm products and emphasize their importance on the ancient coasts of Batinah.

He stated that the festival includes a display of historical collectibles from the fixed museums in the Sohar Entertainment Center, which is the Museum of Glories of Oman, with the archaeological and historical pieces it contains that tell the details of the past, including swords, daggers, dalmat, decorative tools, marine collectibles, and others about traditional clothes and costumes, as well as electrical appliances and old cameras. Distributed and arranged in a way that presents each type of collectibles in a manner appropriate to their nature.

Al Qasimi explained that the museums’ holdings contain tools and equipment for grinding grains, and other items of silverware and old sewing tools, which are displayed by the Al Ansari Museum on the festival grounds, where a corner has been allocated to this museum with a side session that simulates the use of some of these tools and their experience in front of the festival visitors, in addition to providing an explanation. About the uses of these tools and equipment for festival goers, and taking souvenir photos to document those collectibles, of which only these rare pieces remain, and preserving them for generations to attest to their existence to the present day.

The festival also includes a museum of marine collectibles related to diving and pearl extraction and the accompanying diving tools and equipment, and models of the types of sea shells from which pearls are extracted, in addition to corners for displaying models of many types of fishing boats and traditional ships for which the Omanis are famous, during which they roamed the seas and oceans.

Visitors to these corners of the museums enjoy learning about the names of those tools and equipment used in fishing and diving, with an explanation and clarification of the ways to use them, with the possibility of trying out their use with live applications in the presence of experienced sailors and traditional shipbuilders who are present in those corners of the festival on a daily basis.

It is worth noting that the museums present at the Sohar Festival will continue until the end of the festival period.

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