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Dubait, the city of technological innovations and skyscrapers, is now home to yet another architectural marvel - Museum of The Future. The building takes you on a journey through possible futures and brings you back to the present, filled with hope, creativity, and knowledge. A number of unique experiences which can be seen and touched await you at the Museum of The Future, so make sure to plan a visit on your upcoming trip to Dubai.

Before we introduce you to what awaits you at the museum, here's a sneak peek.

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Handy information

⏰ Suggested duration:3 hours
☀️ Best time to visit:Weekday Mornings
🎟️ Museum of the Future ticket: AED 145
💜 MOTF + Dubai Frame: AED 195

Getting There

Sheikh Zayed Rd - Trade Centre - Trade Centre 2
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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Must-see at Museum of the Future

The Vault of Life
Digital Amazon
The Center
Al Waha
Journey to the Future

Opening Hours

Daily 10 AM to 7.30 PM

Museum Of The Future Dubai

What's the hype?

This museum is a unique initiative that explores the future of science, technology and innovation. Located near Emirates Towers, this Museum aims to provide a platform to demonstrate and test the latest inventions and prototypes from promising start-ups and the world’s technology giants. You can take up advanced courses and specialised workshops and attend public talks and events related to all things technology here. The Museum of the Future hosts innovation facilities and design studios with universities, companies and research partners.

Considered to be the most beautiful building in the world, this museum has become famous for the insights it provides into the future, as well as it's complex torus design! Parts of the building have been created by robots, already offering us a glimpse into what is to come. Visitors will get to experience advanced technology and glance into what will be commonplace in the 21st century.

Museum of The Future Dubai
A souvenir from Museum of the Future
Museum of The Future Dubai
Wrist band that grants access to all parts of the Museum

Why was the Museum of the Future built?

The Museum of Future was built as a way to inspire people to think about the unknown and how they can make it better. The museum showcases inventions, gadgets, and other futuristic technologies that can be used. It also features exhibits about important issues such as climate change, energy, and healthcare. The museum is designed to help visitors imagine the future and come up with ideas on how to make it a better place.

This museum is a unique initiative to explore advancement of science, technology and innovation. You can take up advanced courses and specialised workshops and attend public talks and events related to all things technology here. The museum will also host innovation facilities and design studios with universities, companies and research partners.

Buying Museum of the Future Tickets

If you're interested in the prospects the future brings and want to watch them unfold in a very tangible way, the Museum is definitely worth a visit. Watch out this space for deals on the tickets for Museum of the Future Dubai, now live!

A time slot must be booked to enter the museum, including for those with free access. The tickets purchased provide full access to the museum experience and amenities.

Museum Of The Future: The Exteriors

The Museum of Future is a futuristic, glass-walled building that features exhibits about the future of technology, climate change, energy, and healthcare.

Museum of The Future Dubai
Museum of The Future Dubai

The Design and Architecture of the Museum of the Future

The design of the building is definitely one of the world’s most complex structures. Designed by local architecture firm, Killa Design, who won the competition in 2015, it has been created using high-tech machinery such as a computer-controlled tool to cut nearly 1000 moulds to support the outer structure.

The inspiration for the torus form is inspired by “Feng Shui,” where the building’s shape represents the earth and the sky and the empty space in the middle represents the unknown. Arabic calligraphy runs through the outer facade of the building and the smooth exteriors are a borrowed technique from the aviation industry, covered in 890 joint-free stainless steel and fibreglass panels. In fact, the calligraphy inscribed onto the exterior features quotes from the Prime Minister of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The only horizontal surfaces in the building are the floors.

What Does the Arabic Calligraphy Say?

The exteriors of the Museum of the Future are inscribed with beautiful Arabic calligraphy. Rendered in the calligraphy of Mattar Bin Lahej, the building is the enveloped by 3 quotes from His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of the UAE.

“The future belongs to those who can imagine, design, and execute it,” “We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone,” and most importantly, “The future does not wait. The future can be designed and built today.”

These quotes are meant to inspire us to be the change we wish to see in the future and are a reminder that the future is not set in stone, and that it's up to each of us to make it a better place.

The Arabic calligraphy on the exteriors of the building also doubles as the windows of the museum. By day, they cast dappled light throughout the column-free interior; at night, they are illuminated by nearly 4 kilometres of LED lighting.

Museum of The Future Dubai
Museum of The Future Dubai

Inside the Museum of the Future Dubai

The Museum of the Future building is said to have 6 levels and a museum which will be connected by an elevated walkway to the Metro station, as well as a bridge linking to the Emirates Towers. In fact, the only horizontal surfaces in the building are the floors!

The Atrium

The Atrium is the first thing the visitors of the museum will see. The bright white space has a warm ambience, lit by natural light that falls into the building through the calligraphy windows. In fact, the calligraphy panels act as windows throughout the buildings, and were constructed using cutting-edge tech. Manufactured entirely by robots, each plate of the now iconic calligraphy is composed of four layers—each layer created through a 16-step process. A space-shuttle simulation will take you up to the rest of the floors!

The Makeshift Space Station

Starting from the fifth floor, you can begin to explore the futuristic museum. The elevator, a makeshift space station, will take you up to the Chapter 1: OSS Hope. One of the appeals of the museum is that it counts on you - as a visitor - to use your imagination and doesn't bear any labels anywhere!

Chapters 1 to 5

  • Chapter 1: OSS Hope - With the 3D walls made of recycled materials, you can enter the station’s command center to find out the missions undertaken by OSS Hope and learn about its discoveries and inventions. 
  • Chapter 2: Heal Institute - Geared towards an insight into planet Earth, this chapter lets you walk through a digital Amazon, emphasising on the looming hazards of climate change. It also features a DNA library of 2000+ species that shows the urgency to repair damages caused by climate change.
  • Chapter 3: Al Waha - Or “The Oasis” is where revive your senses. This chapter is all about finding the right balance between reality and virtuality. You are encouraged to leave technology behind and embrace your imagination. 
  • Chapter 4: Tomorrow Today - Focuses on leading the planet to a better future- environmentally, culturally, socially, and politically. 
  • Chapter 5: Future Heroes - The floor is dedicated to the children, the heroes of the future.

The Robot Barista

Take a glimpse into the technological advancements that are yet to come by paying a visit to the robot barista at the museum to be served a freshly brewed cup of coffee the robot!

Must-See Exhibits Inside Museum of the Future

1Vault of Life

The DNA library has around 2,400 models of species on display inside glass cases. This exhibit is partially immersive, as visitors can “collect” a few species in a device given to them at the start and use it in the next exhibition to see how it could heal the ecosystem.

inside museum of the future - exhibits

2Digital Amazon

This space is one of the very aspects the museum stands - mixed-reality recreation. The mysteries of the dense Amazon Rainforest are recreated here for you to observe, without being subjected to the perils of actually exploring this intimidating forest by yourself. Hundreds of the inhabitants of the Amazon, animals and insects alike, can be observed here.

inside museum of the future - exhibits

3The Center

An almost meditative space meant to explore the healing nature of movement, meditation and water. The Centre lies under a dome of light and water, and is a space of multisensory exhibition that is meant to heal and restore you energies. An interesting concept that has been discussed for years, and put into a physical space for the first time, you definitely don't want to miss this.

inside museum of the future - exhibits

4Al Waha

A digital floor that gives an illusion of walking on a beach, a vapour hand sanitiser blowing out of a futuristic water fountain and a chance to experience restorative effects of movement and meditation - Al Waha models a futuristic spa and is engulfs one in serenity as you step in.

inside museum of the future - exhibits

5Journey to the Future

In the Journey to the Future exhibition, visitors can virtually take a voyage to a space station, 600km above earth. For a few minutes, feel like space explorer, learning and experiencing the work done by astronauts way above the Earth. Also learn more about how the moon can be harnessed to create renewable energy and the developments towards this initiative.

inside museum of the future - exhibits

Opening Hours

The Museum of the Future is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, it is compulsory to book a time slot for your visit, even if the tickets are purchased online.

Getting There

The museum is bang on Sheikh Zayed Road, adjacent to the iconic Emirates Tower. Thanks to its prime location, the museum is easily accessible via metro, cab, and bus. If you’re taking the metro, there is a dedicated walkway that connects to the museum.

Tips for visiting Museum of The Future

  • Make sure to book a time slot once you purchase your ticket!
  • A lot of the best experiences in the museum are interactive, so don't hesitate to immerse yourself in the wonders of technology.
  • The museum offers special courses and workshops in various fields related to innovation and technology like robotics, AI, climate control technology and aviation. Take a look at the options and try signing up for one of them to make the best of your experience!
  • There are plenty of things to do around the museum so to make the most of your day out, you can plan in advance and chart out your itinerary.

Things to do near Museum Of The Future

Restaurants near Museum of The Future

Exhausted after visiting the future? Here's where you can conveniently grab a bite near the Museum of the Future.

A chic Japanese restaurant located only a 10 minute walk from the museum, Zuma serves up excellent contemporary Japanese cuisine. Be it sushi, or Wagu steak, Zuma does them all to perfection!
Hutong Dubai
A popular Chinese restaurant less than five minutes away from the museum, the Hutong Dubai has a theatrical ambience and attempts to offer an authentic Chinese experience very successfully. Known for it's value-for-money portion sizes, Dimsum is among one of the most popular dishes here.
Al Mandaloun
A Lebanese restaurant at a walkable distance from the museum, Al Mandaloun serves one of the best lamb shawarmas in the city. Food portion per serving is above optimum, and the restaurant boasts of authentic Lebanese cuisine served in a very chic atmosphere.
Ravi Restaurant Satwa
A simple eatery about 4 km from the museum, it has a very simple air to it and offers excellent Indian and Pakistani cuisine. It is one of the oldest restaurants in Dubai and is a favourite among the locals. Butter chicken and keema naan are among it's top specialities.

Museum of the Future: Reviews

My kids and me had a lot of fun We apricite every single person who worked hard to make this beautiful place look great and amazing. Thank you so much ! You are always surprise us with the very high quality if everything you do Way to go UAE

- Ahmed, Headout Experience, March 2022

Such an Amazing architectural structure! Great outing for those with young kids. The themes I took away from this experience was Outer Space, the Sun, Technology/Robotics, Cool future cars and the Amazon with relation to sustainability of our Environment/Planet. Wasn't sure about the Waha though ? The viewing deck was also a fantastic part of the whole thing. Staff all very helpful and guides very good too ! Loved the coffee robot on the ground floor ! Electronic ticketing with clever digital wristbands dispersing machine also very clever. Perhaps include digital maps around so patrons can explore what's on each floor in between the different parts of the museum. Thank you! Was a good experience overall.

- Ghada, Headout Experience, March 2022

Most recommended place to visit. You will actually feel that you transported into future and also headout always gives the best price and offers so I always book through headout.

- Vishvadeep, Headout Experience, March 2022

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