National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah Set to Reopen with Tamra (Date Palm) Exhibition

18 October 2020
  • The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah​​​ is eager to welcome back guests on 17 October, following six months of closure with all necessary safety and hygiene measures in place
  • Centered around the date palm, the Tamra Exhibition pays homage to the pivotal role played by the date palm tree in the society and culture in Ras Al Khaimah and the wider region

The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah​​​ announces its reopening on the 17th of October, welcoming guests to rediscover the iconic museum structure, stemming as far back as 1621, having been restored numerous times as a fort, a residence for the ruling family and as the headquarters for various governmental entities. Today, the museum houses an array of significant archaeological artifacts that provide extraordinary insights into the history and cultural heritage of Ras Al Khaimah, and has established the Emirate as a cultural tourism destination.

As part of the re-opening, the museum will launch its headline exhibition which will delve into the rich history and significance of the iconic date palm tree and its role in shaping the heritage and cultural practices followed in the region. Translated in Arabic as the fruit of the date palm when at its ripe stage, the Tamra exhibition offers extensive insight into why the date palm was included within the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list for Middle East region in 2019. Visitors to the museum will be taken on a journey from centuries past to today set against the backdrop of the date palm tree, from its roots to its leaves, its role in historical events as well as forming the essence of Khaleeji hospitality and contemporary expression today through fine art pieces.

Some of the main artifacts on display include the ‘Mardhouf al-Quwasim’, a coin that was minted in 19th AD, found in the Falaya palace compound, where the peace treaty between the trucial states and the British was signed 200 years ago. Other fascinating artifacts to be viewed are a 4000-year-old date palm seed from the Shamal Bronze Age settlement site, a recent find of a 12th AD gold coin, an array of date palm tree products and a contemporary art collection from Geraldine Chansard, a Ras Al Khaimah based French artist.

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