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The Sharjah Heritage Museum is dedicated to the research, preservation and presentation of the traditions, customs and culture of Sharjah.
Established in 2003, it was reopened in a renovated historic house in the Heritage Area (Heart of Sharjah) in May 2012. Bait Saeed Al Taweel, or "house of the tall Saeed" was built around 1795 for Saeed bin Mohammed Al Shamsi, a tawash or pearl merchant, noted for his height.
The museum's collection of artefacts, exhibits and information are displayed in six thematic galleries:
The natural environment of Sharjah, from coasts, islands, deserts and oases, to mountains, wadis and valleys, and its influence on the life of the people.
Social aspects, religious values, and customs, including examples of Emirati hospitality, rituals based on religious beliefs, as well as entertainment and leisure.
Sharjah’s heritage and traditions as practised on special occasions and religious holidays, from wedding to the birth of a child, Haj pilgrimage, Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.
Exhibits in this gallery focus on a range of activities for securing the necessities of life (from pearl diving, date farming to service-based occupations), including the importance of trade and means of travelling, and the role of women to help supplement the family's income.
Exhibits depict the importance of traditional healing methods, observation of sky, weather and land, and the knowledge of “tracking” in the desert.
Interactive gallery focused on culturally and historically significant stories and memories, that are passed on by spoken word from generation to generation, such as fairytales, legends, poems, proverbs, riddles and music.
The museum has also a gallery for temporary exhibitions of arts and crafts inspired by heritage, as well as a cinema room.
Main institution for contemporary arts, organizer of the Biennial and other world class events.
March - June 2022. Curators: Okwui Enwezor, Hoor Al Qasimi. Theme: Thinking Historically in the Present, conceived by late Enwezor.