The Natural History Museum and Desert Park is a venue that provides people with a chance to learn about the flora and fauna of the Arabian desert, while at the same time having a relaxing and fun time.
If people get to know the great variety of plants and animals and the amazing ways in which these have adapted to life in a dry, hot climate, they will start to respect and enjoy these gifts of nature.
A children's farm was opened in May 1997 to provide city children with a chance to have close contact with farm animals. A Breeding Center for Endangered Arabian Animals started functioning in February 1998, but this is not open to the general public, because the animals need peace and quiet to breed.
Towards the middle of 1999 the Arabian Wildlife Center was opened, where people can observe and enjoy all the various species of animals that are found on the Arabian peninsula.
In accordance with the concept launched by His Highness, the Desert Park with its various departments will be a center for learning and enjoyment for people of all ages, as well as a place where original research can be carried out by the next generation of students.
The Museum welcomes its visitors during the following timings:
Daily : from 9 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday: from 2 PM to 5:30 PM
Thursday: from 11 AM to 5:30 PM
The Museum is closed on Mondays.
Entry: Adult 15 Dhs.
Family 30 Dhs.
Park. Ticket counters close at 5:30 PM on weekdays.
Sharjah Natural History Museum & Desert Park
P.O. Box 25313
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 (6) 5311411
Fax: +971 (6) 5311012
The Sharjah Natural History Museum & Desert Park is located after the Sharjah International Airport at Interchange No. 9. It is about 26 Km from the center of the city.
Times do alter according to the season, Ramadan and holidays,
so please call ahead of visiting
Next to the exit, there is a well-stocked elegant cafeteria and souvenir shop, which raises money for wildlife conservation. The spacious café-restaurant offers delicious and nutritious food that can be enjoyed while watching small sand gazelles in a nearby enclosure.
Bird watchers will be thrilled with good views of desert larks, bee-eaters, rollers, finch larks, hoopoes and other interesting birds, which are either resident or just passing through. The outside gardens have picnic tables and there is plenty of space for children to run around and play. The museum and surrounding grounds are an ideal place for a day's outing, both in cool and hot weather.