discovering the heart of Oman

Salut Museum


Located along the western piedmont of the al-Hajar mountains, where a belt of large oasis favour relative large scale settlement, Salut is a key-site for understanding the roots of Omani culture and trace its developments at least from the third millennium BC to modern days. (© of the Office of the Adviser to HM the Sultan for Cultural Affairs)
A long lasting occupation that span all the Iron Age and a remarkable extension are only some of the quality of Qaryat Salut, the newly discovered settlement surrounding Husn Salut. Travel between past and present following the ongoing excavations and enjoy the amazing finds.
During the Bronze Age, hundreds of stone tombs stood out against the sky, punctuating the hills around Salut and marking the territory of a community capable of building huge structures and complex irrigation systems.
At the very beginning of the Iron Age, Salut became a flourishing site with an astonishing architecture, built to last over seven hundred years. Explore its features and crafts, typical of the period in the whole south-eastern Arabia.
The prominence of the site slightly faded away as it faced centuries of abandonment, yet its importance did not go completely lost and a new Islamic village arose on top of the ancient ruins. See where they lived and what has survived to our days.
Enter and visit our exhibition! You will discover past and present, places and tradition of an enchanting country, the Sultanate of Oman.



The Land of Sindbad the Sailor

This temporary exhibition is the web-version of the exhibit held in Pisa in 2012.
Aim of the exposition is to make the culture and the nature of Oman known to the general public, through an ideal trip in its long history. Different paths will conduct the visitors to discover different characteristics of the country, drawing connections between this distant, exotic land and more familiar things.
It is known, for example, that copper was an important material used in the fusion of bronze from the 4th mill. BC, but few are aware that the land of Oman was the principle source of copper in this period. Most of us are familiar with the incense but very few know of the tree that produces this precious resin, and the fact that the highest quality of incense has always and still does come from the southern region of Oman.
While we all know that Marco Polo travelled to China, few realize that his ship passed along the coast of Dhofar and that he described the port and the city of Al Baleed in Il Milione. The last section of the exhibition is the description of how the ancient land of Sindbad looks like today.