Have you ever wondered about the aspects of ancient Omani lifestyle? A palace or a historical house maybe?
A place where a certain lifestyle took place, families settled in, children were born and raised. An architectural landmark that was not a fort or a military base.
Bait Al Ghasham is one of the most well-known museums in Al Batinah Governorate, It was built between 1791 and 1856 by Sayyid Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Nasser Al Ghasham Busaidi, who was a mayor of Mutrah and a minister of Sultan Taimur bin Faisal, the renovation took place between 2012 and 2015, it was transformed into a museum that was opened to the public for the first time in 2016.
The moment you enter you will notice a spacious yard with palm trees planted by the side of a falaj. Facing a two-store massive house that contains 15 rooms which vary in shape, size and purpose. It consists of Sablahs (sitting rooms), bedrooms, nurseries, washrooms, hiding rooms (a shelter from threatening attacks) storage rooms. As well as an inner yard that gives a private sensation to the visitors.
The recent modifications of the house includes a multi-purpose hall for cultural events and meetings, a photographic studio with traditional Omani customs where visitors can dress up and experience the outfits and capture their unforgettable moments there, there’s also a workshop that emphasizes the khanjar craftsmanship, a souvenir shop and a library and a permanent exhibition of the historical items that were granted by the visitors and different people the society you can notice their names labeled in some items.
As you walk around you will feel the charms of a historical landmark with it’s finest details where once upon a time it was considered as a home.
The house is only 45 minutes away from Muscat, a place that should be marked as a must visit in Oman.