At the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi, learn about the origins of the universe and the history of our world. This incredible museum will transport you back in time to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth and teach you about the natural occurrences that have led to our planet’s current state of evolution. As the inauguration date of the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi in 2025 approaches, we take a deeper look at the museum.
The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi at Saadiyat Cultural District is a collaboration between the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Miral, a pioneer developer with a track record of successful leisure attractions.
His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, unveiled the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum project on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. For people of all ages, the attraction promises to be a thrilling experience.
The stunning 35,000 square meter waterfront museum was created by Mecanoo. Architects have created a magnificent design that complements the region’s granite formations. Water and greenery are important parts of the museum’s design because they represent life in the desert.
The museum will be used for scientific research and education once it is completed. It will also serve as a large educational resource for those interested in learning more about our ever-changing planet.
Permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, as well as theatre facilities and magnificent event spaces, will be available within the Museum of Natural History Abu Dhabi galleries.
Exhibits and Galleries at the Natural History Museum
Rare natural specimens, some as old as 13.8 billion years, will be on display at the museum’s halls and exhibitions. “Stan,” a beautiful 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that is sure to delight and astonish in equal measure, will be the primary attraction.
In 2025, the museum is expected to open to the public. The initiative is part of Saadiyat’s “One Island, Many Journeys” campaign, which aims to attract more than 19 million people by 2025.
The Murchison meteorite, which landed in Australia, will be another feature in the museum. The meteorite contains stardust compounds and pre-solar grains that are seven billion years old and formed before the sun!
The museum is being constructed near one of the region’s richest fossil sites, the Baynunah Formation. The Miocene rocks found in the area are well-known.
Teaching and Research Centre
The museum will also include a cutting-edge teaching and research center that will conduct studies on a variety of subjects, including:
- Molecular Research
- Earth Sciences
- Marine Biology
The museum hopes to arouse in its visitors a desire to learn more about the past and to work toward a more sustainable future for all animals on the planet.