Masfout Museum stands high up on the rocky hill overlooking the fertile plains, where Masfout Fort was well-positioned to spot any unwanted visitors coming to attack, mostly bandits.
Higher still on the hill opposite is Al Buma Watchtower which commands a view not only of Masfout, which belongs to Ajman, but also over to Hatta, territory belonging to Dubai.
Nowadays, of course, everyone is living happily together and without the threat of any imminent attacks, so you can just enjoy the view stretching over the town that has grown substantially and the farms and mountains. I’ve seen some wonderful sunsets from there.
Masfout Museum is well laid out with clear and attractive displays, lots of information about the history of Masfout, old photos, archaeological finds and more recent traditional tools, utensils, etc.
History of Masfout
What is the history of Masfout? Evidence of life in the area has been discovered going back as far as 5000BC. Mesolithic petroglyphs, pre-historic graves and stone circles have been found as well as graves dating to the Umm al Nar Bronze Age. The area continued to be inhabited over the years.
How did Masfout become part of the emirate of Ajman? In the 1940s there was a food shortage and the fertile area ws frequently attacked by bandits to steal food as it had been in years before.
The people of Masfoot appealed to emirates for help but it did not come. In 1947 they appealed to Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid, ruler of Ajman, who heard their pleas, supported them and made the area Ajman territory thus protecting them.
That’s just the history of Masfout in a nutshell but you can find out more yourself by visiting the museum.
There is a section in the museum on the different rocks of the area and the Hajar mountains in general. Just driving around Masfoot, you can see many different types of rocks and some interesting formations.
Masfout Museum is not a very large museum and will take you maybe an hour or so to go round and read the displays so when you finish, you can visit some of the many other places to visit in Masfout which you can find on my post on Masfoot but first stop and admire the view from above!
Masfout Museum opening times
The museum is open daily from 8am to 8pm. A guide is available if you wish. The entrance fee is 3 dhs and free for children under six, senior citizens and People of Determination.
How to get to Masfout Museum
How to get to Masfout Museum – take the road towards Hatta. If you’re coming from the west, take Maleha road, then Kalba road until you see the turn to Hatta and Masfut. Note that you cannot use the road from Al Madam unless you are a GCC national and have your national ID or passport with you.
What else can I combine this with?
- Wadi al Helo
- Copper Hiking Trail
- Road trip to Kalba
- Other locations in Masfoot
- Masfout Camping Huts and Al Jizr Park Masfoot Oasis, Masfoot Walk, al Boma Tower, bin Sultan Mosque, Masfoot Tower (and Prestige cafe), Jebel Abyad hike or mountain bike trail, wadi and off-road drive near Gulfa, al Warqa Park, Ladies’ Park, Swih Rest Area, Kholaiban Dam
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