Abu Dhabi unveils plans for Natural History Museum

Abu Dhabi unveils plans for Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi is pegged to open in 2025

Visitors will travel on a 13.8-billion-year journey through time and space, and experience displays featuring some of the rarest wonders of natural history ever found.

Currently under construction, the new museum will be located in the emirate’s Saadiyat Cultural District, which is hoping to establish itself as one of the world’s leading cultural centres.

The museum’s collection will feature numerous significant artefacts as part of its curatorial vision, supported by strategic partnerships with world leading scholars and natural history experts.


Developed by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in partnership with Miral, the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will also serve as a scientific research and teaching institution for learning about the evolving story of our planet.

Speaking about the newly announced museum, DCT Abu Dhabi chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak said: “Natural history has a new home in Abu Dhabi, a new museum that tells the story of our universe through some of the most incredible natural wonders known to mankind. These are awe-inspiring gifts from nature unlock millions of years of knowledge to not only advance scientific discovery but to inspire our children to protect our planet’s future.

“As we nurture a new generation of global advocates that are incredibly curious and passionate about natural history, we are fulfilling our vision to enrich lives and make Abu Dhabi the place for research, collaboration and discovery.”

The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will present the history of life on Earth through an Arabian lens, where local natural assets of fauna, flora and the geology of the region will be part of the visitor journey.

The museum will join the diverse cultural establishments and museums in the Saadiyat Cultural District, which include Louvre Abu Dhabi and the upcoming Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, as part of Abu Dhabi’s strategy to position the emirate as a centre for culture, arts and creativity.

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