Purani Haveli – Nizam’s Museum

On International Museum Day (18th May) – a flashback from one of the most beautiful museums I have visited: Purani Haveli – Nizam’s Museum – in Hyderabat, India.


Purani Haveli (Masarrat Mahal palace / Haveli Khadeem – “old mansion”) – a palace and former official residence of the Nizam – ruler of Hyderabad. Built in 18th century by Ali Khan Bahadur, Asaf Jah II for his son Sikander Jah, Asaf Jah III, who after some time spent here moved to Chowmahalla Palace.

Within that U-shaped palace complex Mirror House (Ayina Khaana) and Chinese Glass House (Chini Khaana) were also constructed. Inside the Purani Haveli there is the world’s largest wardrobe (belonging to the 6th Nizam – Mahboob Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI) and a 150-year-old wooden lift, manually operated.

Today the palace houses a school, an industrial training institute and the Nizam’s Museum, opened in 2000. The museum is dedicated to the last Nizam of Hyderabad – Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII and presents the gifts he had received for his silver jubilee celebrations in 1936 (among them: tiffin box studded with diamonds, miniature silvier replicas of the landmark buildings in Hyderabat).


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Sharjah Archaeology Museum

Sharjah Archaeology Museum in Sharjah, UAE, presents the the history and lifestyle of inhabitants of the region from the Stone Age till the beginnings of Islam. The museum collection includes archaeological artefacts, pottery, jewellery, coins and weapons, which were found – among others – in Mleiha and Jebel Buhais (Emirate of Sharjah, UAE).

The archaeological findings reveal the connections and relations between Sharjah inhabitants and their neighbours in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as with other civilizations. They also show the expansion of commercial relationships from the Indus Valley in the East to the Mediterranean islands in the West. Explore the tombs, cemeteries and houses through the models displayed in the museum and learn about the first forms of writing which appeared in this area more than 2500 years ago.*

*Sharjah Archaeology Museum webpage


Sharjah Archaeology Museum – Sharjah, UAE

Stone Age: 5000 BC – 3000 BC


Bronze Age: 3000 BC – 1300 BC


Iron Age: 1300 BC – 300 BC


Greater Arabia: 300 BC – 611 AD

September 2020


Sharjah Archaeology Museum
Sharjah Science Museum Center, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi St – Dasman, Sharjah, UAE

Ξ Sharjah Archaeology Museum webpage

∇ Location: view on Google Maps

⛭ Weather in Sharjah


See also:

Sharjah ancient jewellery | Architecture II

Mleiha Archaeological Centre | Jebel Buhais Iron Age Fort


UAE on 40thousandkm.com Sharjah on 40thousandkm.com

Sharjah ancient jewellery

Jewellery collection from Sharjah Archaeology Museum in Sharjah, UAE. The museum presents the the history and lifestyle of inhabitants of the region from the Stone Age till the beginnings of Islam.

The museum collection jewellery was found – among others – in Mleiha and Jebel Buhais (Emirate of Sharjah, UAE).


Stone Age: 5000 BC – 3000 BC. Jewellery made from stone, shells and pearls.


Bronze Age: 3000 BC – 1300 BC. Jewellery from seashells, stone, quartz, gold (possibly imported).


Iron Age: 1300 BC – 300 BC. Jewellery made from copper, bronze (armlets, anklets), stone beads, shells, gold (rings, earrings); popular use of animal motifs (cattle, snakes).


Greater Arabia: 300 BC – 611 AD. Jewellery made from gold, silver, bronze, glass, semi-prescious stone beads as well as animal bones and shells.

September 2020


Sharjah Archaeology Museum
Sharjah Science Museum Center, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi St – Dasman, Sharjah, UAE

Ξ Sharjah Archaeology Museum webpage

∇ Location: view on Google Maps

⛭ Weather in Sharjah


See also:

Sharjah Archaeology Museum | Architecture II

Mleiha Archaeological Centre | Jebel Buhais Iron Age Fort


UAE on 40thousandkm.com Sharjah on 40thousandkm.com

Architecture II

Sharjah Archaeology Museum in Sharjah, UAE.



Sharjah, UAE

September 2020


Sharjah Archaeology Museum
Sharjah Science Museum Center, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi St – Dasman, Sharjah, UAE

Ξ Sharjah Archaeology Museum webpage

∇ Location: view on Google Maps

⛭ Weather in Sharjah


See also:

Sharjah Archaeology Museum | Sharjah ancient jewellery


UAE on 40thousandkm.com Sharjah on 40thousandkm.com

Off-Road History Museum

Exhibition of off-road cars, located in Fili (Sharjah, UAE). Private collection of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, devided in three sections: modified, military and historic vehicles. Entry ticket: 55 AED (Feb 2020).

Part of ENAM (Emirates National Auto Museum), 45 km south of Abu Dhabi, UAE.



Ξ ENAM homepage

Ξ ENAM at Visit Abu Dhabi


See also / Nearby:

Mleiha Archaeological Centre | Jebel Buhais Iron Age Fort


UAE on 40thousandkm.com Sharjah on 40thousandkm.com