Zayed National Museum Tickets
Zayed National Museum will open shortly in 2021.
- Visit the awe-inspiring Zayed National Museum for a comprehensive overview of the UAE.
- Journey through the life of the Founding Father of the UAE: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
- Marvel at a remarkable feat of architectural design with exteriors shaped like falcon wings.
- Skim through a massive and informative library celebrating the wise insights of Sheikh Zayed.
- Check out the different themed galleries, all reflecting the Sheikh’s values and passions.
- Soak in the splendor of the surrounding layered plantations which evoke the spirit of an oasis.
What to Expect
What is Zayed National Museum?
Situated in the heart of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District in Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum will tell the story of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father and first president of the UAE, celebrating his life and work. In addition to this, the museum aims to shine a light on the history, culture, social and economic transformation of the Emirates, examining its relationships with the Middle East and the world.
Why Visit Zayed National Museum?
With permanent galleries displaying the best of national collections alongside loans from world-famous museums, Zayed National Museum fosters the dynamic character of an ultra-modern UAE. Over here, visitors are offered a unique experience that thoroughly engages the mind, probing it for questions and encouraging discourse, while building on the essence of the Founding Father’s personality and vision.
The Galleries of Zayed National Museum
The core gallery of the museum is ‘Sheikh Zayed: Life and Times’ which follows the Sheikh’s journey in the unification of the UAE. Visitors will be introduced to an original narrative through photographs, national treasures, key documents, and personal effects belonging to the late ruler.
The ‘Falconry and Conservation Gallery’ celebrates Sheikh Zayed’s passion for falconry alongside the natural world and its conservation.
‘Land and Water Gallery’ will explore the natural resources of the UAE, its cultivation, and trade.
The ‘People and Heritage Gallery’ showcases the traditional values of the UAE, which reflect its political and cultural life today. These values emphasize the importance of human relationships, warm hospitality, and living in harmony with nature.
‘History and Society Gallery’ uses archeological evidence and historical records to charter the course of human settlement in the area, from the Stone Age to the creation of the modern state by Sheikh Zayed.
The ‘Science and Learning Gallery’ will focus on Sheikh Zayed’s passion for education which transformed a traditional society into a modern one where literacy and numeracy are available to all. This space also explores various Arabic disciplines of language, literature, navigation, and medicine, and the influence they have had on the world.
The ‘Faith and Islam Gallery’ sheds light on the role of faith in Sheikh Zayed’s life, which ultimately drove his humanitarianism and vision for the future of the nation.
Zayed National Museum Architecture & Design
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, Zayed National Museum resembles the wings of a falcon, effortlessly combining contemporary with traditional Arabic design and hospitality. The result is a stunning example of efficient and sustainable architecture. Set within a landscaped garden, the museum celebrates Sheikh Zayed‘s legacy and love of nature and falconry.
The towers in the museum are made of lightweight steel structures sculpted aerodynamically to work like the feathers of a bird’s wing. The galleries are anchored by a dramatic top-lit central lobby, which is dug into the earth in order to be able to exploit its thermal properties. The wing-shaped towers act as thermal chimneys, drawing cool air into the museum while air vents at the top make use of the negative pressure to draw the hot air out. All in all, the building is designed to minimize energy usage by incorporating natural ventilation, and the meticulous treatment of light and shade throughout the structure lends a touch of life to the monumental interiors. Objects are displayed within niches and on stone plinths that rise harmoniously from the floor.
Zayed National Museum Services
The museum comprises five principal galleries housed within five towers and three exhibition spaces. Additional facilities such as a theatre, a large auditorium lined with Emirati textiles, shops, café, VIP areas, conference rooms, a library, and a fine-dining restaurant also form part of the museum. The museum contains a variety of performance spaces. The lobby, for instance, will act as an informal venue for poetry readings, music, and dance.
- Entry to Zayed National Museum
- Access to temporary and permanent exhibitions
Know Before You Go
Estimated opening hours are 9 AM to 6 PM
How to Get to Zayed National Museum
- Location: Saadiyat Island Cultural District located 500 meters off the Abu Dhabi coastline
- Get Directions to the Zayed National Museum.
By Car: Zayed National Museum is a 20-minute drive from the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi and a half an hour drive from the Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Things to Do Around Zayed National Museum
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Discover the Arab’s interpretation of a universal museum by visiting the iconic Louvre in Abu Dhabi. This art-lovers paradise displays stunning works of historical, cultural, and sociological significance, tracing the journey from ancient times to the contemporary era.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Set to open in 2022, Guggenheim is a museum of modern and contemporary art. Explore unconventionally shaped galleries and discover curated collections featuring various artists from around the world. The museum focuses on the history of art in the Middle East in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Take a dive into the art scene in Abu Dhabi by visiting Manarat Al Saadiyat, which means “place of enlightenment.” Located in the midst of Saadiyat Island, this space is the gateway to the cultural district. Appreciate art through exhibitions, workshops, performances, and drop-in art studio spaces.
The cancellation policy on your tickets will be announced closer to the opening date of the attraction.
Zayed National Museum Tickets FAQs
Q: When will Zayed National Museum open?
A: The museum is still under construction, but its opening is scheduled for 2021. The exact date is soon to be announced.
Q: What are the operating hours for the Zayed National Museum?
A: Timings are roughly set to be between 9 AM and 6 PM.
Q: Where is Zayed National Museum located?
A: Zayed National Museum is located on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 30642
Q: What can you expect from a visit to Zayed National Museum?
A: The Zayed National Museum celebrates the life and achievements of the founding father of the nation.
Q: Who designed Zayed National Museum?
A: The museum was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster.
Q: How to purchase Zayed National Museum tickets?
A: Zayed National Museum tickets will be available for purchase closer to the time of its opening.
Q: Are Zayed National Museum tickets available online?
A: Zayed National Museum tickets are not available to purchase online just yet, but will appear closer to its opening date.
Q: Are there any discounts available on Zayed National Museum tickets?
A: Discounts available for Zayed National Museum tickets will be revealed closer to the opening date of the attraction.
Q: Can I purchase same-day tickets to Zayed National Museum?
A: Same-day tickets to Zayed National Museum will be available to purchase once the attraction is open.
Q: How much do Zayed National Museum tickets cost?
A: Ticket prices will be announced on the official website upon completion of the project.
Q: What other facilities are offered by Zayed National Museum?
A: In addition to themed galleries, the museum will also house a café, bookstore, information desk, areas to meet and rest, VIP areas, education facilities, conference rooms, a library, and a fine-dining restaurant.
Q: What makes Zayed National Museum sustainable?
A: Photovoltaic panels and strategically positioned heat exchangers form aspects of the building’s sustainability.
Q: What are other attractions to explore around Zayed National Museum?
A: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Museum, The Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi & Saadiyat Public Beach.