Know More about Omani-French Relationships at the Omani French Museum
A nation on the Arabian Peninsula, Oman has seen terrific growth of late and tourism in Oman is considered to be one of its most lucrative industries. The country has some of the most varied surroundings that can be found in the Middle East and offers visitors a fantastic range of tourist attractions. In fact is famous for its cultural tourism and as per the travel guide publisher Lonely Planet, Muscat the capital of the country is labelled the second best city to be in on a visit.
The absolutely wonderful beaches are said to be the most excellent in the gulf and people visiting Omani beaches find that there are plenty of activities for people of all ages that include sunning, kite surfing, swimming, snorkelling, boating, diving, shell collecting and combing the beaches, turtle, bird and dolphin watching; the list is endless.
Tourism has become extremely important for the economy of Oman and the climate, its location and history is a great attraction for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the country every year.
For people who are interested in getting to know more about the country; about what it used to be centuries ago, the best places to gather such information are the many museums. There are many museums in and around the capital city of Muscat and a lot of them are a must see for those keen on learning about Omani heritage, culture and history. The 5000 year history of this country is beautifully portrayed in the museums that are mainly found in and around the capital city of Muscat. Some of the museums are the Natural History Museum, the Oman- French Museum, the Museum of Omani Heritage, the Children’s Museum, etc.
The Omani-French Museum, a heritage Museum, located in the old French Consulate, Bayt Fransa in Muscat has a great collection of historical stuff that represents past relations between Oman and France that are worth visiting particularly from the point of view of architecture. It houses a considerable collection of objects relating to this that also include pictures of the then French diplomats, various documents, French-Omani ships, and a variety of French and Omani furniture, jewellery and dresses. In addition there is a fair good collection of stamps that are displayed at the museum.
One can also view the map of Paris that shows the different places visited by the Sultan Qaboos during his visit to France. There is an imitation sword that belonged to Napoleon.
In short all exhibits seen in the Omani-French Museum outline the history between France and Oman. And, the wonderful thing about this museum is that as per reviews from people who have visited the place, the staffs there is very obliging, courteous and friendly.