What we know about Museum of the Future
What’s inside, ticket prices, timings, location and more…
It’s the day you’ve been looking forward to. Museum of the Future opens its doors today and people could not be more excited.
If you can’t wait to visit, this is the post for you because…
Here’s what we know about the Museum of the Future
Construction on the museum began almost nine years ago and earlier this month we got the official news that the Museum of the Future is opening on February 22, 2022.
The news was announced by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
On 22-02-2022, UAE will present to the world the Most Beautiful Building on earth..
2022 will be an exceptional year for our nation .. pic.twitter.com/ks7SL5jljZ
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 3, 2022
The opening ceremony will take place on the evening of February 22, 2022 in the presence of Sheikh Mohammed alongside senior government officials.
This means that the museum will be closed to the public today but you will be able to visit from tomorrow onwards. Read on to find out about ticket costs and timings.
The Museum of the Future is a unique design shaped like an eye with a hollowed-out middle and covers an area of 30,000 square metres and is 7-stories standing at 77m high.
The museum sits just in front of Emirates Towers and its design has captivated residents and photographers. The structure looks like an eye with a hollowed-out centre, a design by architect Shaun Killa – a long-time veteran of Dubai’s architecture sector.
Why the circular design? It is symbolic and represents humanity. The green mound it sits on represents earth while the hallowed centre represents the unknown future.
Around the eye-like structure, there are 1,024 panels that make up its facade. On it, there is beautiful Arabic calligraphy – which are quotes about the future written by Sheikh Mohammed.
The Arabic calligraphy consists of three quotes: ‘We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone.’, ‘The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it’ and ‘The future does not wait. The future can be designed and built today.’
The completion of the facade of the Museum of the Future was a grand event attended by Sheikh Mohammed and other royals and dignitaries. In fact, the final piece was signed by the Ruler of Dubai before being placed on the structure to complete the external design.
In August 2021, even though the museum’s doors weren’t open, it was named one of the world’s most beautiful museums by National Geographic magazine. Other museums that made it onto the list include the Shanghai Museum of Astronomy in China, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the US capital, Washington, and the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in Spain.
What’s on the inside?
We’re just as curious as you are and we hope to take you on a tour inside soon.
Before the opening, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai shared a little sneak peek of the inside on his Instagram.
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The video shows us the walkway leading up to the Museum of the Future followed by the words ‘There are things in this world that you won’t find in any encyclopedia simple because they don’t exist’ following the word ‘yet…’
It shows a young girl opening the doors to the Museum of the Future following the little girl with her family heading into the space (aka, the future) in what appears to be a spaceship. Next, we see the girl staring at a wall with the visual of earth on it, followed by immersive digital displays, rain forests, and immersive art installations ending with Emirati man looking taking a glimpse of the future of Dubai.
According to the Museum of the Future website, each floor will look like a film set from ‘a future that you can inhabit, explore and interact with.’
There will be immersive and expansive and the content has been crafted by experts in the field. Topics featured will include the future of space travel and living, climate change and ecology, health, wellness and spirituality.
How to get to the Museum of the Future?
The museum sits just in front of Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road and the easiest way to get here would be via the Dubai Metro.
You will need to disembark at the Emirates Towers station which is on the Red Line. From here there is a link bridge that will connect the station directly to the museum, though we are awaiting confirmation if this is currently open and ready for use.
If you want to take your car here, you may need to park a distance away, but bear with us and we will update you on the closest possible parking available.
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Tickets for the Museum of the Future are already on sale a week after the opening date was announced with the first few days already sold out.
Tickets for individuals above the age of three are going for Dhs145 per person. Tickets for children under the age of three, Emirati senior citizens (above the age of 60) and people of determination (and one accompanying caregiver) can enter for free.
Opening and closing timings
The Museum of the Future will be open all week long from 10am to 6pm.
Do note that when you make your booking online, you will need to select your desired time slot.
Head back to What’s On as we will take you on a tour on the inside soon.
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